Thursday, March 23, 2006

Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston


BROOKLYN (March 22, 2006) --- A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a ‘first’ for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the “ideal” model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.

Dedication of the life-sized statue celebrates the recent birth of Spears’ baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career. “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.

“Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston,” believed Pro-Life’s first monument to the ‘act of giving birth,’ is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears’ pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean’s head.

The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva’s pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear’s ears with ‘water-retentive’ hands.


To me the function of art is the same as humor: to throw up a mirror and allow the culture to view itself stripped of the wooley layer of perceived expectation.

My first thought when I saw this was, "This is grotesque! Any culture that comes up with this kind of tribute deserves to be wiped out by the Bird Flu." It was knee jerk, I'm not proud to admit it, but it's true.

Then I realized Manhattan Pro-Life didn't commission this piece, and it is, in fact, an artistic irony/social commentary, and quite a good example of Anti-Humor. Will Manhattan Pro-Life accept the dedication of what is essentially Pop Culture Goddess Erotica? Doubtful.

It turns me on as much as it grosses me out. Regardless of the Kitsch Trashiness of the Subject, she's still all yummy round curves raised on haunches with her rump poised on high so invitingly it makes me want to poke Sean Preston in the head and shove him back into her womb with my penis.

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