When we got word that we would be filming at Alexander Esquerra's studio, eyebrows raised. "Who suggested the guy who started loveandpaint.org?" "Is it a closed set?" For an open-minded bunch, we sure had a lot of preconceived notions. But we weren't met by some voyeuristic nudist or anything. Instead, Alexander has a kind-of youthful innocence that reminds you of the kid-next-door who's about to get caught doing something really bad, but really fun. In other words, you instantly like him.
Alexander's brand of creativity could arguably be considered more performance art. Bodies writhing and sliding around on paint-soaked canvases to create truly original masterpieces. At first it can sound perverted and pornographic, but the idea behind it is anything but. Having sex is not the selling point. The beauty (and yes, joy) of sex, stripped of labels and societal mores, is. The artistic vision behind Alexander's "Literal Expressionism" paintings is to remove the labels of race, culture and sexual identity. What's left is an artistic rendering of the passion, fun and somewhat risqué acts between couples, who themselves become artists in the act.
Once you get that, then it's perfectly acceptable to try identifying body parts and positions in the paint. We're only human.
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