On threesomes, and superheroes

This past weekend I got to think about threesomes.

But first I got to attend Gowanus Open Studios. And these happen in New York fairly often, and in different neighborhoods. Like apart from this one, I’ve also gone to Bushwick Open Studios, and DUMBO Open Studios. And what these mean is artists in that particular neighborhood quite literally open their studios, and you get to walk around, look at their work, look at their stations, have a chat with an artist, or not, and maybe buy their work. I never have any intention of the latter, but when I see something interesting I make mental note for myself, and try to recreate it later. So I’m basically phishing for cool ideas. Color me an asshole.

But anybody remotely interested in seeing something new, and for free hello, should definitely go. If it’s going to be your first time, it will probably feel like a field trip to insanity. Especially, if you happen to go to Bushwick Open Studios because that one was hands down the most rugged, obscene, mind filling experience to date, at least for me personally. If you put enough creative people in one building, things are going to happen, and beers are going to get drunk, and pieces of plastic and fabric are going to arrange themselves into installations. It’s just nature, man.

Gowanus Open Studios were a lot more tame, and clean, and most everyone was freshly showered, and nicely dressed. Call it a win?

But this one lady stood out. Firstly, her work was super meticulous, and interesting. She had these hand drawn labels with an excruciating amount of detail, and cleverly re-written wording on them. Like Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, instead of that read ‘When I’m Emotional I drink’. Ok, cute.  So there I stood thinking I’m digging this artist, until I realized a really loud, chirpy lady next to me WAS her. It didn’t end there. She was telling the story behind her drawing of a faded Wonder woman, or rather why it was faded. And it was to emphasize the point that the real life person, creator of the Wonder woman character William Moulton Marston, lived most of his life in a threesome relationship with two other women, and this now is what diminished Wonder woman’s existence.

Now, this is a true story, and there is an awesome movie about it called Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman. And then in my opinion, it’s exactly this unusual relationship dynamic that allowed him to create an image of woman with power, at the time when women were expected to be ashamed of their existence, and sexuality. For I strongly believe if we stick to traditional behaviors, and patterns, we only end up repeating them. Do I promote polygamy for everyone, probably not, we have our society set up the way it is for a reason. But did some of the sex scenes in the movie send shivers down my spine, you should seriously be a rock not to admit to that. And so for me this whole picture fell exactly into place. It was about sensuality, love, lust, power, guilt, game, shame, shamelessness, defiance, and I’m probably done here.

Point being, I disagreed with that artist and her interpretations, and views, and morals and even her face annoyed me. And that’s what they probably mean when they say ‘you should never meat your idols’. And then I thought that’s probably exactly how she felt after finding out the story behind Wonder woman. Full circle, bitches.

But you know what, maybe do meat your idols, and defy their sayings, and create the next superheroes. And just note, threesomes apparently help.

 

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