Pope Sexy / 2013

Lenticular print*

Pope Sexy originated as a character for the Parade animation (see Parade), but Hoogerbrugge soon realised the seductive power of this particular character and brought him to life in this life-size study. It premiered at Art Brussels 2013. This lenticular ode to sexy popes is best viewed from about a metre-and-a-half away – walk past it slowly and he advances with a catwalk wiggle that would make Kate Moss’ inner thighs flutter.
Popes and sex – now that’s a contentious subject these days rife with Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter comparisons. A question that has vexed Popephiles for millennia is ‘How sexy should a pope be?’ Well, the usual cliché of men in dresses always raises the purple monster’s head. Strange, isn’t it, that the highest representatives of all our institutionalised superstitions wear dresses. The reason is obvious: Scotsmen and even Republicans – of either gender (for there are only two) – would agree that knickerless days are the best days. And of course, cassocks keep children warm too, especially if they are coaxed beneath them.

Materials: Lenticular print, wooden frame, 120 x 240 cm
Exhibited: Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium, at Art Brussels 2013
Links: animated gif

 *The Pope Sexy lenticular print was made by Coen Holten (www.lenticulair.nl). Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. This technology was created in the 1940s but has evolved in recent years to show more motion and increased depth. Examples of lenticular printing include flip and animation effects such as winking eyes, and those saucy postcards in your Daddy’s bottom… er… drawer, where the impossibly proportioned lady’s bikini vaporises when you tilt the card slightly. … God, I’m so nineteenth-century… Daddies have the Internet now.

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