From pleasure to torture, art and sex explored

Wilton artist David Dunlop will explore the topic of Art and Sex — both subconsciously and overtly — on Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Watershed Gallery in Ridgefield.

He will discuss sex as motivation, motif, and the process of art. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

“Art reveals the spectrum of human behavior and imagination born from sex,”  Mr. Dunlop said in a press release. “The tantalizing, the pleasuring, the experimenting, the teasing, the torturing, the lecturing, the humiliating, the humbling, the deceiving, the fantasizing and the boasting aspects of our sexuality are expressed in art. They are the subject of this examination of our first 25,000 years of art and sex.”

Mr. Dunlop, host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Landscapes Through Time, is a teacher at Silvermine Arts Center and his own work is featured in many prominent collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

“Art reveals the abuse of power to obtain sex, physical instruction, religious warnings, satiric commentary, social condemnation, and personal fantasies,” he added. “Discover how our sexual compulsions were unveiled in art through the ages. This talk connects what we know about our neurochemistry to our behavior, and how our sexual thoughts and behavior are unstoppable forces — determining how we live and how we make our art.”

The gallery is at 23 Governor Street. The talk is free but space is limited. To register, email or call 203-438-4387.