„RAUSCH“, 30.06.2023 – 08.07.2023
PAINGAINER.biz is the intriguing prelude to a new cycle of work by artists Patrick Alan Banfield and Mimi Kohler. It is an expressive advertising poster that marks the artistic path ahead and prepares the viewer for the future production of a physical artwork in the form of a metal butt plug with spikes and barbs.
This series of works aims to explore the multi-layered terrain of human sexuality, touching on contemporary issues of gender relations, dominance, submission and BDSM sexuality. The metal butt plug, still in the making, promises to become a vibrant focal point of this discussion, serving as both a utilitarian object and an aesthetic object of contemplation.
In its dual function, the butt plug also represents the universal human dilemma between pleasure and death. The potential use of the butt plug can have fatal consequences, confronting the user with a choice between ultimate pleasure and potential death.
This dilemma powerfully reflects Sartre’s concept of the fear of freedom. The decision for or against the butt plug confronts the individual with the terrible fear and at the same time with the irresistible fascination that comes from ultimate freedom – the freedom to make a choice that could radically change or even end one’s life.
The Paingainer.biz poster invites the viewer on an artistic journey of reflection on freedom, pleasure and danger. It is not only a powerful visual statement by Banfield and Kohler, but also a provocation that encourages reflection and discussion about human sexuality and existence.