photographic series / Graffiti Dick
1998 - 2016
Marseille 13006 2015
Murcia 30004 2010
Shoreditch E1 1998
Liverpool 8 2008
Edinburgh 11 2011
Dalston E5 2009
Dalston E8 2010
Paris 75006 2006
Shoreditch E2 1999
This series of photographs captures images of Graffiti penises found in public space and civic precincts.
The title of each contain the postcode / area code of where the pictures were taken, highlighting an idea of a function for these phallic symbols, a marking out of territory.
What is being depicted? Art? Vandalism? Territorial markings? Orgy of the erotic? Phallocentrism?
Is it an eruption through the fabric of the social arena of the driving spirit of the ‘Freudian Man’?
The series represents the persistent and universal importance of the erotic and it’s inevitable crudeness.
The conflict between ideas of man as a will to power (Adler) versus the will to sex (Freud) informs the work, as does the notion of sublimated eroticism in art.
Rodin claimed to sculpt with his cock.
Like other photographic projects by o'dwyer, the series is consciously similar to a game, as well as an anthropological project.