Fairy Tales for the 21st Century

Fairy Character Development

February 6, 2017
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The character below was one of three characters I developed in Fuse.  I played with the mesh geometry in Maya to give the characters special attributes, mainly horns an other aesthetic adjustments.  After working with the characters and re-exporting as a fbx, I imported the characters into Unity to troubleshoot the translation between the programs.  The imported mesh textures got a bit confused.  The characters I made are clothed, but I am unsure if I want clothing.  If I do not use clothing, I will need to figure out the texture mapping in Maya to complete the skin areas which Fuse censors.

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Objection to Fairy

January 30, 2017
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I am interested in exploring the modern concept of the ‘other’ through the lens of the fairytale.  If fairytales, fables, and folkloric stories have lessons to teach, what are the moral/ethical lessons that can be taught to our contemporary civilization?  As technology evolves and pushes forward, so will globalization and the intersection of cultures.  With this intersection, conflict and discrimination has and will occur through the creation and discrimination of the “other”. Above are two images showing how the gay community chooses to subvert the derogatory term, ‘fairy’.  Above right, is a diagram of the cremaster muscle, Henry Gray (1918) Anatomy of the Human Body.

In the the 20th and 21st century, the term ‘fairy’  has been used as a derogatory term for homosexual men.  The gender bias that has developed around fairytales has discriminated against women, and consequently gay or effeminate men for being lesser.  Things of fantasy and folklore also seem to have a modern connotation of being escapisms, distracting lesser men from dealing with their problems head on (i.e. ‘manning up’).

Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle examines the development of the male figure during puberty.  The cremaster muscle is a testicular muscle that fully develops during a male’s puberty cycle allowing the testicles to ascend and descend, optimizing the interior climate for sperm development.  Mathew Barney develops a uniquely holistic dreamscape to explore the development of the male figure by abstracting the concept of the male within biology, mythology, and genealogy.  I would like to respond to his Cremaster Cycle and explore the representation and reception of the gay male in contemporary culture by flipping and subverting the relationship of the fairytale with the gay community.Above are a selection of images taken from Mathew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.

Mathew Barney developed his own language for representing what is masculine and the development of the male.  Below is a quick selection of objects and things that have the connotation for being gay or queer.  My intention is to develop my own language for the perception of the gay male within a holistic dreamscape of my own creation.Above are images of a pansy, a cupcake, a bear, and fruit.

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