Sex is a key component of life. It is so fundamental to our makeup that we profit off of it, crave it and often dream about it. Our dreams hold no boundaries like the norms and mores which dictate our societal structure. The sex our unconscious minds wants is explored by Hungarian-born, Canadian based artist Balint Zsako. The main master behind psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud himself, would be in analytical heaven with these paintings. Why are our dreams littered with our sexual desires? Do the exaggerated genitals represent something more than a hunger for deep satisfaction? Perhaps these paintings would have held an answer to Freud’s myriad of questions but Zsako seems unconcerned about answering them.
These images are raw and unbounded by structure, vastly exaggerating (or perhaps not?) the kind of desires one has in as vivid a way to replicate our dreams. Dreams are immensely vibrant, textured and luminous in such a way that can be barely ever duplicated but Zsako tries. Moreover, these images look at bodies in a carnal way that neither objectifies nor makes a commodity out of the body. The body simply is. Its purposes for sex are that of a tool as a normal as any other. As the body exists, so does sex and so will it in our dreams because of the natural gravitation toward connecting bodies no matter what.
By: Sarah MacDonald