Thanks to boredom and the technological wonders of StumbleUpon, I recently, um, “stumbled upon” an Italian art site that managed to hold my attention for more than a few seconds. This could be because it had naked ladies. Well, sort of — they’re not *real* ladies. Still, it’s probably NSFW.
DolceQ is a creative duo from Rome who offer “a sexy lovely world where butterflies, hearts, stars and women live together in a minimal, erotic futuristic style.” That’s cool, right?
I particularly enjoy the duo’s “Hidden Places” series — it’s deliciously retro and surprisingly sexy (to me, anyway). The lesser stuff looks like the cover of some lost Monster Magnet album, and I simply don’t have the sideburns for that.
I’m not much of a fan of “dark” art in general — it typically reminds me of chubby teens with bad dye jobs and acne who shop at Hot Topic. Yet I find DolceQ’s mix of iconic propaganda posters, psychedelic ’60s rock adverts and semi-nude evil chicks to be pretty compelling. Plus when I wrote to them to ask permission to use one of their works, they got right back to me with a cheerful affirmative and a PDF catalog. Not sure if I can justify a purchase at the moment. Besides, this economy makes me wanna buy American. (Sorry, ancestral homeland.)