Chal­leng­ing sex toy art­work on dis­play


Ja­son Beca is not one to shy away from con­tro­versy and the Kapiti artist’s en­try in Pataka’s Box Art ex­hi­bi­tion is bound to raise a few eye­brows.

The Rau­mati South man, known for mak­ing a Tardis time-trav­el­ling ma­chine bed and a sex chair, views the an­nual Pataka show as a chance to ‘‘pro­voke thought’’.

His Vic­to­rian- themed sex toy, made from wood and coated with more than a litre of enamel paint, can be car­ried away in a vel­vet-lined box. He has called it Pala­tial Pas­sion and is ask­ing $5000 for it.

The in­spi­ra­tion for it is self­ex­plana­tory, he says.

‘‘I’m sure it’s go­ing to cause a few eye­brows to move but when I come to exhibitions like this I ex­pect to see things that will amaze me and I will re­mem­ber them. Oth­er­wise I walk out. Peo­ple will see my work and have a laugh or be of­fended, but I don’t mind.’’

Beca says he makes about 10 pieces of art a year, at­tract­ing in­ter­est from around the coun­try and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Pala­tial Pas­sion took more than a month to con­struct, with plenty of sand­ing, pol­ish­ing and paint­ing, which he has done while work­ing on other projects.

‘‘I’ve got a jet engine on my work­shop floor, have some­thing big planned with that . . . .’’

Beca says he loves the lib­eral feel of Pataka and is look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the 40 other artists have come up with for the Box Art Show, which opened on Au­gust 16. It runs un­til Septem­ber 2, with a per­cent­age of sales go­ing to­wards an artist-in­res­i­dence scheme.

Court­ing con­tention: Artist Ja­son Beca and his sex toy ex­hibit for the Box Art ex­hi­bi­tion. It has ‘‘all the bells and whis­tles’’ that one might find on such a de­vice from the 1880s, he says.

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