photographic series / Graffiti Dick

Graffiti Dick    

photographic series

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.