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OH SO BIG
The Issue is Race

Paula Gillen
Vision Archive, Boulder, 2011. 40 pp., 8¼x10¾".

Publisher's Description
OH SO BIG was created by cutting and pasting the pages from three 1970's soft core porn magazines. By reshaping these erotic scenes with abandon, I've created a collage magazine that is closer to my own sensibilities for art and humor. In this issue I uncover cultural trends and sexual tastes of the 60’s and 70’s embracing the breakdown of racial lines and the giddy expression of new sexual behaviors & freedoms. (Re)cycled pages of white and black “male centric” publications are juxtaposed with pages from an unknown magazine whose sole focus was to showcase imagery of inter-racial couples engaged in sexual behavior. The collages in this magazine are funny, wacky and sometimes disturbing. This issue asks the viewer to explore the topic of race and power relationships through the traditional male gaze of pornography. By transforming 30 year old soft-core porn into a peculiar version of its former self, I offer the viewer layered interpretation and a chance to play with the male gaze. OH SO BIG is printed on heavy stock, is printed in a limited edition of 100, 40 glossy color pages, each signed and numbered in back by Paula Gillen.


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