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The Kiss is an additional picture to the angels and demons series of three that I completed some time ago. It stands alone. However, the Kiss of Eros image’s subject matter makes it adjacent to the A&D series rather than the Gods and Heroes one. The duality of god and evil, the illusionism of sensual perception, and the proximity between black and white manifestations make some traditional dogmas a grey territory. In short, there is good in evil and evil in good. In some spiritual teachings, ethics, and philosophy, both good and evil are perceived as an essential part of one antagonistic duality, two opposing principles but not a reality. For that reason, the principals might change; today’s good could be tomorrow’s evil and vice versa. The Kiss of Eros attempts to undermine the idyllic views of the traditional Roman-Greek’s Romanticism and mythology pertaining to certain sensual feelings and their implications. As a majestic emotion, for that matter, love is opposed to an erotic obsession and carnal deviations.

The artwork utilizes a combination of two overlapping images. This technic gives it a surrealistic illusion effect of a demonic face and a group of sculptures if one is watching from a distance or watched closely. Some might recognize the demon mask as a stylized version of Gene Simmons's stage makeup of a disloyal demon. G. Simmons is a member and founder of a renowned American glam-rock band KISS. The band is famous for the extravagant live concerts, fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, and other pyrotechnics. They are even more legendary for their comic book-style makeups and costumes. I have selected this mask-symbol for its universal, worldwide recognition of something sinister and dangerous. Surprisingly enough, the band KISS's name does not abbreviate to anything menacing such as 'Knights in Satan's Service' according to some myths. Or that the KISS logo has a lightning bolt font that is reminiscent of the symbol used by the Germany Nazis, Schutzstaffel (SS) units. According to Simmons's autobiography, the band naming was unexpectedly quick and ordinary, "We just liked the name, and that was that."

The kiss of Eros is not a “mythological” or “cultural” research. It is only a free-spirited musing about life, and purpose, and meaning, and else. There is a famous Neoclassical sculpture Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova, based on Lucius Apuleius’ Latin novel The Golden Ass. The masterpiece shows the mythological lovers at a moment of great emotion when the god Cupid is awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss. Eros in Ancient Greece is one of the primeval gods and being of the cosmos. Eros fabled interventions, often illicitly in gods and mortals’ affairs, cause bonds of love to form. In Greek poetry and art, Eros was usually depicted as a man who symbolizes sexual power. I did twist the tale by portraying him as an apocalyptical, winged horseman (Statue of King Louis by Bernini) and the female figure (Sculpture by Emilio Fiaschi) as an innocent victim of the male power. However, that does not mean that it could be the other way around. The strong and powerful god fall head over hills for a gentle and angelical girl.

Software used: Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Photo Stock.

George Grie,  February 2015
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