If you weren't bashful about sending all those X-rated photos and erotic texts, why not double your exhibitionist pleasure and turn your filthy missives into works of art?
Karen Finley, a provocative and well-known performance artist, is plotting a series of paintings inspired by sexts. The works will be well-hung later this month at the New Museum in New York City as part of an interactive installation called "Sext Me If You Can."
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Patrons wanting to bare their bits via bytes must first process their commissioning fee online or in person at the New Museum Store. Prices range from $200 works on paper to smaller and larger oval canvases for $300 and $500, respectively. Patrons are then asked to return to the museum for a a ten-minute, onsite sitting during performance times.
"Sittings are completely private, discrete, and anonymous," states New Museum's website. "During your sitting, you will receive access to a private phone number for the purpose of sending Finley a ‘sext.' This sext will, in turn, serve as the inspiration for a painting, or series of paintings, created by the artist in a temporary studio set up in the New Museum Lobby."
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To secure commissions, interested parties are encouraged to email the museum at NEA4@newmuseum.org with the subject: "Karen Finely Commission." Sorry minors, participants must be at least 18 years old - no exceptions. Paintings will be on display from May 23 to May 26.
Because nothing spruces up a living room quite like genitalia art, after the installation is over, participants can take home one of their sext-inspired paintings. Finley is part of the New Museum's NEA 4 in Residence, a multi-artist performance residency and researcher project in conjunction with the exhibition "NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star" and IDEAS CITY 2013.