Historically, pornography as an artform is a topic ridden with controversy, and the Tom Gallant cut-out art made from hardcore adult magazines bring this debate to the forefront. Those who argue in favor of it draw on its origins, in which erotic novels included vivid descriptions of the storylines and sexual encounters -- as opposed to simple images of the body in compromising positions or videos deemed objectifying and vulgar by porn's opposers.
Tom Gallant's intricate paper cut-outs made from archived adult magazines are certainly the erotica-as-art side of the argument, as he transforms images typically seen as deviant into images always seen as beautiful such as roses, birds and patterns. The photos in the featured gallery are some of the more “innocent” of Tom Gallant’s cutouts, but his website features more revealing works of art.
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