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Featured "Artist of the Month" -

The legendary Cynthia Plaster Caster

                
cynthia_pose1.jpg (18799 bytes)              Cynthia Plaster Caster is a sculptor who lives in Chicago. Since the 1960s, she has cast in plaster the male genitalia of her musical idols. Some of her models have included Jimi Hendrix, members of The Lovin' Spoonful, Savoy Brown, Led Zeppelin, and the Mekons. In these portraits, she seeks to demystify the untouchable legacy of musical genius as a learning experience for herself and to explore the weaknesses of these icons.

     

     She made her name memorializing the most prized equipment of famed rockers like Hendrix.  Three decades later the work's still hard, but satisfying. Cynthia Plaster Caster became famous in the 1960s for making plaster casts of rock stars' penises, and she's honest about what inspired her.  Her work is not a commentary on the sexual revolution, she says, nor a statement about the nature of celebrity.  She doesn't glorify what she -- and her artwork -- is all about.  She's just a woman with a sly sense of humor and a passion for rock 'n' roll -- and men.

       

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Jimi Hendrix

The Guitarist Series

       

About casting Jimi-
"The Godfather of Whopper Choppers in my collection! Because this was one of my first shots at plaster casting, the end result came out kind of gnarly. I prematurely cracked the mold open, only to find a still-moist, broken cast inside. So yes, Jimi did in fact, break the mold! But thanks to Elmer's Glue, I managed to reconnect the head to the shaft to the testicles. Very statuesque and antique-looking; like Grecian art. There's no denying that Jimi towers over most of my collection. His long, thick shaft combined with his disproportionately small head brings a shudder to the spinal cord!"

Memories-
"Jimi's pubes got stuck in the mold because I didn't lube them enough.  I spent the next 15 minutes pulling out each individual hair one by one, while he had intercourse with just the right sized repository — his negative impression!  This unexpected delay made him late for his show that evening, where he was seen scratching his crotch a lot onstage."

          

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Check out Cynthia's movie -

  

PLASTER CASTER is an intimate portrait of legendary artist and groupie, Cynthia Plaster Caster — famous for plaster casting the penises of rock stars, including, most notoriously, Jimi Hendrix.

  

The film explores how Cynthia developed her unique pursuit, follows the ups and downs of casting sessions with a shy guitarist and an extroverted glam rocker, and goes along for the ride as Cynthia prepares for her first gallery show in New York City.

    

Featuring candid interviews with "castees," candidates, and commentators — Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys), Eric Burdon (The Animals), Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks), Jon Langford (Mekons), Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Paul Barker (Ministry), as well as author Camille Paglia and artist Ed Paschke — PLASTER CASTER goes beyond the mythology and asks the question, "is it really art?"

 

You can contact Cynthia through her website at -

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