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If surrealism was about emancipation from conventional ways of thinking by exploring the contents of the unconscious, certainly human desire, and its free expression, was an obvious thing to come bubbling to the surface. Often there was playfulness involved as well; and it's in this spirit that I took in Jo Legner and Philip Campbell's Erotica exhibit at Big Car gallery. But the exhibition comes across as being more about obsession than emancipation; we're no longer in a puritanical society after all - to the contrary. In fact, blatant sexuality is so pervasive as to be almost clich

éd in the mass culture. Erotic art, then, if it is to be considered art rather than pornography, should by definition be beautiful; or at least it should provoke or challenge us in the thoughtful sense. Otherwise, it's just another empty attempt to arouse sexual desire.