Thursday, March 23, 2006

Nude Britney Spears Serves As Pro-Life Monument

A naked Britney Spears giving birth to her son could be the new rallying point for the pro-life movement. What? Yes, a sculptor has created a Britney shrine for all to worship.



From the Capla Kesting Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn:

"A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a "first" for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the "ideal" model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.

Dedication of the life-sized statue celebrates the recent birth of Spears' baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career. "A superstar at Britney’s young age having a child is rare in today’s celebrity culture. This dedication honors Britney for the rarity of her choice and bravery of her decision," said gallery co-director, Lincoln Capla. The dedication includes materials provided by Manhattan Right To Life Committee.

"Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston," believed Pro-Life's first monument to the "act of giving birth," is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears’ pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean’s head.

The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva's pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear's ears with "water-retentive" hands.

"Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the 'right choice'," said artist Daniel Edwards, recipient of a 2005 Bartlebooth award from London's The Art Newspaper. "She was number one with Google last year, with good reason - people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman," said Edwards.

Capla Kesting denies the statue was developed from a rumored bootleg Britney Spears birth video. The artist admits to using references that include the wax figure of a pole-dancing Britney at Las Vegas' Madame Tussauds and 'Britney wigs' characterizing various hairstyles of the pop-princess from a Los Angeles hairstylist. And according to gallery co-director, David Kesting, the artist studied a bearskin rug from Canada “to convey the commemoration of the traditional bearskin rug baby picture."

An appropriate location for permanent installation of "Monument to Pro-Life" by Mother's Day is being sought by the gallery.

"Monument to Pro-Life" is on view April 7th thru 23rd with a reception for the dedication April 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Capla Kesting Fine Art, 121 Roebling St., Brooklyn, NY. Gallery hours are 1:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday thru Sunday, or by appointment.


32 comments:

Empyrean said...

Gross. Disgusting. Painful. Raunchy. And I'm not talking about her music, either. Pro-Life has gone Pro-Ridiculous.

Lizz West said...

But... she had a C-section...

Butchieboy said...

How ironic. You would think that pro-choicers would be using Britney as the poster child for mandatory abortions.

Pastor Maker said...

I must admit to once imagining a view of Britney from that angle...I remember the swinging tits, and the wide pelvis, but in my mind's eye I never saw the possible vaginal obstruction of a baby's head

Manila said...

I'm from Ecuador a third world developing country located in South America.

I have a 3 year old son and since am a mother, I feel shamed to learn that someone in a first world developed country may think that an inmature, egotistic, insecure and shallow girl can be taken as an example.

It's not achievement to make the right choice when you have millions of dollars to pay nannies to take care of your kid!!!.

It's an achievement when you are poor, really single mother, with no access to education, public health and money and yet make the right choice knowing that you will have to break your back working to support your son.

Es una verg├╝enza y me apena como mujer.....

Lya Kahlo said...

I'll comment after I'm done puking.

Alan said...

You want to talk anti-intellectualism, it doesn't get worse or more nonsensical than that Britney Spears "shrine" (more like a false idol). Really, of all people to rally around in the name of pro-life, you pick the slutty bimbo pin-up who pissed all over the supposed sanctity of marriage? WHAT?! Someone got their wires crossed. Badly. What idiots...

Obligatory 13-year-old boy question: what does that statue look like from the back?

Angela McBride said...

This is no birthing position, bet it's neo con sponsored, so typical, worship a stupid bitch who can do anything she wants, just for being brave enough to do what all women do in circumstances she couldn't even imagine.
This is the world upside down.
This is a monument to saten and idolitry. Seeing this is about as creepy as finding out that 911 was an inside job.

Tina said...

You just know that the only interest this will bring is what it looks like from behind... You also know that every guy that sees it will want a quick picture of taking her doggy style... She really does leave herself 'open' to abuse.

kr1stal said...

I think its quite unique, even though it is true that its stupid to set britney as an example...is it because she a star??

Hope said...

Obviously this is going to be a very controversial piece of work, but at least it’s getting the pro-lifers publicity for once. Thousands will see this work whether they believe in a woman’s right to choose or not. It’s a daring image that makes one cringe just as the thought of abortion makes me cringe. Symbolically this could be any woman trying to deal with the Bear and Bare realities of this issue of morality. I think if you look at this work objectively, its quite interesting.

temp said...

This is so stupid, a woman is not skinny and sexy when she is pregnant, sorry but we're not all perfect gods, britney gained like 90 pounds when she got pregnant, this is so insulting to women, what kind of sick pregnant mom is that flippin thin, please LET ME KNOW. and her body is just bent wrong, no one bends like that. her boobs are unrealistic too. that looks nothing like britney, he just titled this sculpture britney so he could get publicity. what a floosie. SHE HAD A C SECTION. this girl doesnt represent natural birth or the beauty of birth. she's the modern definition of painkillers and c-sections. this guy needs to wake UP. what a masochistic sculpture, what a dream of a scultpure, i wish people wouldn't see women as always having to be "skinny and sexy"

temp said...

This is so stupid, a woman is not skinny and sexy when she is pregnant, sorry but we're not all perfect gods, britney gained like 90 pounds when she got pregnant, this is so insulting to women, what kind of sick pregnant mom is that flippin thin, please LET ME KNOW. and her body is just bent wrong, no one bends like that. her boobs are unrealistic too. that looks nothing like britney, he just titled this sculpture britney so he could get publicity. what a floosie. SHE HAD A C SECTION. this girl doesnt represent natural birth or the beauty of birth. she's the modern definition of painkillers and c-sections. this guy needs to wake UP. what a masochistic sculpture, what a dream of a scultpure, i wish people wouldn't see women as always having to be "skinny and sexy"

Mitch said...

1) she had a c-section because her mother told her childbirth is the most painful thing ever (hasn't millions & millions of women given birth before?)
2) this doesn't look like a comfortable position to give birht. Looks more like she is waiting for Kevin.
3) after 5 mos of being a mother, she has already stated that she wants to return to music because she is bored being at home. Most mother would LOVE to stay home with their newbabies
4) she is not the 'norm', shouldn't be used to represent women; is spoiled brat, has millions to pay 3 nannies to care for Sean (how can she be bored?), smoked and drank while preg, in a unsteady/unhealthy marriage, etc.
5) has anyone recently given birth on a bear skin rug?

Bobbi said...

Pro-Life? What about the dead bear she's posing on? Somewhat contradictory don't ya think.

Meghan said...

I think that its amazing. Kudos to anyone who brings pro-life to the forefront.

DR said...

The artist is a marketing genius! Imagine if you wanted your sculpture to get publicity... Simply pick a controversial topic and connect it with a big name. The artist himself said that he picked Spears because she was #1 in Google searches. I doubt that he has any real interest in pro-life at all. To him it's just a controversial topic to exploit for the publicity of his own work.

aiko91 said...

Even I, K-Fed, - a man of endless talent, charm, good looks, mensa level intelligence, and a natural ability to coordinate the correct baseball cap or bandana to compliment a wife-beater style undershirt - can clearly see the artist's intent and message. It's as obvious as the fact that a big gut, arm fat, and three chins don't turn K-Fed on at all. It's as clear as K-Fed's need to spread his seed and then move on to tighter pastures.

That none of you get it is as annoying as a whiney Louisiana White Trash accent telling K-Fed not to smoke weed or get lap-dances and then cutting my allowance down to only 25 grand a week like a selfish, backfat sporting bitch that has forgotten just how lucky she is to be married to K-Fed. As annoying as an Ecudaorian woman that posts a geography lesson disguised as a commentary on social classes (as viewed by a feminist who champions the poor through the time-honored method of using a computer and the internet to post a comment on a blog page containing news about a fat-assed, has-been, manufactured pop star).

You see, you can't fool K-Fed. You can't fool someone who has learned that even fake titties can sag so much that they look like two grapefruits being smuggled into Vegas inside a pair of socks. There is no fooling a man who has to be high every waking moment just to forget about the stretch marks and the muffin top. You can't play out the poster-boy of emasculation like that.

It's just art, blog-folks. The title is sarcastic, you don't need to be a genius like K-Fed to know that there is no woman alive who wouldn't have K-Fed's babies...and, as long as you're not a nasty, saggy, stretchmark covered, blown-out turn-off, you will all have your turn.

Unless you're poor and expect me to work for a living and support you...

K-Fed needs to spend his time making music, not wasting it at some kind of job. Anyone who would deprive the world of such talent doesn't even deserve to pay me alimony.

Unless i'm broke and need weed and a lap dance...

rondizzle said...

I think anyone who can't see this for what it is should grow up. It is a shrine it is to be respected. Just because the artist didn't depict it in a way that everyone finds "acceptable" doesn't mean that it is a bad thing. So people are shocked, you can make it into what you want- call it disgusting and vile but what is more beautiful than bringing a child into this world? This is what true art is- The artist has captured the pop star side in the body language and at the same time shows the idealized image of the birth of her child.It is controversial-yes- but I get the message. It was a risk for Britney to have that baby at such a young age with a high profile career and I respect her bravery for going through with it. People need to learn to respect that and grow up, especially those of you who think it's sick, that's like saying breathing is sick giving birth is a natural and beautiful part of life and i'd expect these kinds of absurd reactions to come from children, not adults.

Bratty said...

i woke up to the radio talking about this sculpture this a.m. and i'm glad i saw it, since i may never get a chance to in person. even though i think britney spears is a disgusting, possibly germy, little dingbat, i think that the artist did a great job in portraying the act of childbirth in an almost completely ignored and natural way (since most hospitals encourage laying down). anybody who thinks this piece is disgusting in any way needs to grow up. to the artist, great job.

Patrick said...

You people are idiots! Just because the words "Pro Life" are in the title, doesn't mean it is: Republican, Pro-Life Movement, or "neo-con".

Think, people... think.

me said...

"How much did she pay for this pubicly stunt???"

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy said...

Ok for one, if you didnt read the above description, She DIDN'T pose for this. Its not a publicly stunt and she probably didnt have much or any knowleadge of it. Its not a real repersonation of her and I think that the statue would have been better received if the artist didnt use her name. Any one who puts Britney down needs to stand in her shoes and live her life and see if they really would have done things different. I think she ended up turning things out pretty good. At least she spends time with her child which is more then I can say for even most of the not rich people I know. But as far as the statue goes, I think its wonderful. Pregnant women are beatiful. They dont get the credit they deserve and if I'm ever lucky enough to have a child, I'm going to take a million pictures to remember it. Anyone that thinks this is gross needs to grow up, and deal with life. Babies Happen! Its not sick its natural.

medicalmom said...

I think this is a wonderful sculpture, even though it is of Britney, everyone thinks she is a icon but she is a ordinary person, and actually this is a position women can give birth, so the idiots that think other wise needs to research their comments before posting. Once again cudos.............

aiko91 said...

Compared to you people, K-Fed looks like Einstein.

Morons.

All of you.

...

WomanlyWonder said...

Horrible publicity stunt - for the artist. If I were Brit I'd sue for defamation and indecency. Who is he that he can produce a second rate sculpture and name randomly after a celebrity? It doesnt even look like Brit, so he could have just as easily called it the "Laura Bush Tribute: Kneeling by her Man" Or the "Abramoff's Wife Pleads with the Judge"
Ridiculous that it is this easy to get publicity for bad art.

Not a Britney fan at all, but I dont think this is even low enough for her doing.

And really, where did this artist get the idea that there was the decision to give up a career and raise children anyways? She got pregnant, and couldnt keep her up her dayjob as a pole dancer, and hasnt bounced back into shape yet to pick it back up. That's not a decision, its a job hazard!

Nirriti14 said...

"1) she had a c-section because her mother told her childbirth is the most painful thing ever (hasn't millions & millions of women given birth before?)
2) this doesn't look like a comfortable position to give birht. Looks more like she is waiting for Kevin."

1. I also hate the idea of elective c-sections, however it is my understanding that Britney had a problem with placenta abruptia, and had she gone into delivery both her and the baby could have died.

2. This position can actually be a comfortable position to give birth. Just because it isn't the typical position like the one that doctors or hospitals sometimes force mothers to use, doesn't mean it is wrong.

Don't get me wrong. I think that this "sculpture" is a joke. I just love how pro-life people only care about the fetus, but once it is born they don't care. Obviously she has shown how irresponsible she is with the whole driving incident. But atleast she had him, right?

HARBKAT said...

I HAVE HELPED WITH MANY DELIVERIES. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A FACE LIKE THIS. WHERE ARE THE BULGING VEINS OF HER FACE, THE LOOK OF TERROR AND PAIN, BEADS OF SWEAT RUNNING DOWN THE FACE. I HAVE SEEN THE POSITION BUT COME ON NOW THIS IS A FANTASY, NOT A REALITY, JUST LIKE BRITNEY SPEARS.

mike said...

Abortion is a racial genociding of caucasians. Look at the stats. Caucassians make up the largest group killing their kids. Now thats F-ed up.
mk

mafraygun said...

There is something Godlike about this sculpture, this is how it must have been as Mary gave birth to Jesus. Or just maybe it's some tart squeezing one out doggy style, I dunno you decide.

hhills said...

Sadly, this is clearly a publicity stunt, and man, did it work.

Not only did Britney have a C-section, Jesus was not born in this position. The natural way to give birth is with gravity in your favor: in a birthing chair, seated on someone else's lap, or literally held up in a huddle of supportive friends or relatives. Some cultures even birthed into water.

Not only is she birthing against gravity, this woman's hands are far too relaxed, and her face far too relaxed, and her overall weight far too little. 1989 or 1990 I took voice lessons from a petite blonde singer (the wife of the guy who had the lead role in Le Miserables in NYC at the time) who was heavily pregnant with her second child, and was in fantastic shape, holding the baby up front and center with her strong singer's diaphragm, and she still weighed more than this sculpture. She actually had a little outward curve to her arms and legs! This woman isn't even pulling on the bear's ears. Poor dead bear. Poor person who has to throw the bear skin rug out after trying in vain to clean it up afterwards. K-Fed have to drive to Jay's Sporting Goods, pull new one off wall near checkouts for $800. But only if he have nuff money left afta support payments fo first 2 kidz ....

The birthing process is not serene like this statue tries to project. Before the Catholics outlawed pain relief, midwives doped the mothers up best they could, and tried to keep the area as clean and sanitary as possible. Babies were wrapped head to toe in rags to avoid infection from simple cuts and abrasions. In ancient times, a woman risked death 25% of the time each and every time she gave birth to a child, causes ranging from poor presentation not correctible by the midwife, baby too big for a mother far too young, hips too narrow in the mother, broken blood vessels/torn insides leading to fatal internal bleeding, and the big one ... infection. Some died while carrying their fourth or fifth child, well before 9 months (happened to 2 of my female ancestors), from complications of blood type incompatibility, lupus, diabetes, etc. The fathers remarried and continued making more. Archeologists dated the ages of cemetary inhabitants from ancient Greek settlements in Sicily, long before the Roman Empire, and the average life expectancy of men was 41, women 39! Guess why.

White people abort babies because white people have to get educations and work to pay the taxes to support the babies of other races. And if you ban abortion, white women with enough income to fly to Paris will do just that. All you accomplish is even more babies born into poverty, alongside some mothers dying delivering them, if they even get that far, because the abusive inbred jerks who raped them often kill them first. The number one cause of death in pregnant women is murder. Look it up.

http://www.now.org/issues/violence/043003pregnant.html

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