Sunday, March 26, 2006

Pro-life pin-up

The confluence of art and popular culture has made for some strange creations, none more befuddling than the newest exhibit at the Capla Kesting gallery in Brooklyn.

"Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston" celebrates Mrs. Federline's decision to be a stay-at-home mom. I had no idea the anti-abortion movement was so desperate.

"A superstar at Britney’s young age having a child is rare in today’s celebrity culture. This dedication honors Britney for the rarity of her choice and bravery of her decision," said gallery co-director, Lincoln Capla. The dedication includes materials provided by Manhattan Right To Life Committee.

I'm even more surprised that an art gallery is sponsoring a pro-life exhibit. Wonder if they secured an NEA grant?

"Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the ‘right choice’," said artist Daniel Edwards, recipient of a 2005 Bartlebooth award from London’s The Art Newspaper. "She was number one with Google last year, with good reason --- people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman."

Actually, I think that has more to do with the inspiration of male groins than any celebration of womanhood.

Capla Kesting denies the statue was developed from a rumored bootleg Britney Spears birth video. The artist admits to using references that include the wax figure of a pole-dancing Britney at Las Vegas’ Madame Tussauds and ‘Britney wigs’ characterizing various hairstyles of the pop-princess from a Los Angeles hairstylist. And according to gallery co-director, David Kesting, the artist studied a bearskin rug from Canada "to convey the commemoration of the traditional bearskin rug baby picture."

One quibble with the monument: for accuracy's sake, shouldn't there be a cigarette dangling from Britney's mouth (and a Big Gulp in her hand)?

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