YER FACE FUCKER! THE CONFRONTATIONAL SEX ART OF RANDY JANSON
For many artists,
traumatic incidents influence their creative output. Randy Janson is one
such artist, seeing as his inspirations could quite easily have been the
death of him. Says Randy, " The level that I'm at now more or less
happened because of a relationship with a girl in which I ended up getting
stabbed, and then I was unable to get out and find women. So I just started
painting them the way I wanted them."
Randy's in-your-face paintings of women depict them in both assertive
and passive attitudes
"Yeah, I guess it's just a reflection
of what I've encountered in my life with women. A lot of them were always
fighting for power. I always had somewhat of a clash with them, but I
liked it 'cos they kind of had some kind of spark in them, and they were
trying to do something for themselves; whereas the submissive ones
I've had girls like that are damn boring, they're just too willing to
do anything you say. But you know, I think a woman with a gun, it's kind
of a penis extension, like she has a strap-on power, it's just a symbol
of that, I guess."
Being on the end of a babe's blade wasn't the only time Randy's had a
near fatal run-in with the Reaper.
The incidents seem to happen in seven-year cycles
"In '95 I got run over by a car, but when I was 17 I split my skull
in half. I was in the hospital waiting for my mom to visit, and the pain
was so damn intense.
" I remember sitting there waiting, waiting, and all of a sudden
I felt really strange, the pain went away and I was looking down on my
body lying there in the hospital bed. It was insane, I had no idea what
was going on, and I just started feeling like I was falling but actually
floating upwards into like a black hole or something, but I was really
calm and the temperature was great, I felt so comfortable. I floated up
to this huge white light, and there was kind of a man-like image or something,
with a light behind him so he was silhouetted, and I was having a conversation
with this person. He kept telling me stuff, and I kept saying, 'I'm waiting
for my mom, I gotta go back to see my mom,' and he was like, 'Okay, if
that's your deal'.
"And the next thing I know is I'm coming back down into the reverse
of the whole thing I'd just been through, and then back into the crazy
"Then my Mom walked through the door. It was quite crazy - I didn't
talk about it for about two years, 'cos I just thought people would think
it was completely insane. But people realized I was completely insane
anyways, so it didn't really matter whether I told them or not - they
get that impression as it is !"
to form, Randy's suffering the curse of his accident cycle, and is unable
to paint due to a severe arm injury. So why not give the guy a break (no
pun intended), and buy one of his confrontational sex paintings from www.newpopart.com.
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