19 July 2012

Kiss me if you can

What is your first thought when I say kiss?
Kissing a loved one? Well I surely hope so , but here this is not what It is about. 

But what kiss means to artists and how they transmitted into their art. Some paint romantic pictures like Klimt, for some It's a symbol for love because It makes you feel desired or desirable.

Depending on the culture and context, a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. In some situations a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting.
Depending on the culture, relationship and context, a person may kiss another on their lips, cheek, head, hand and each of these gestures may carry a different social significance.
But what does It feel when we are kissed or we kissing? 

Kiss in Art

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt 

In this painting , what does It says? It was painted on canvas with oil and gold leaf around 1907–1908 so you may believe It created a  big scandal and was criticized as both 'pornography' and evidence of 'perverted excess. 
The two figures are standing/kneeing on a flowery meadow. The man wears a robe with black and white rectangles irregularly placed on gold leaf decorated with spirals. He wears a crown of vines while the woman is shown in a tight-fitting dress with flower-like round or oval motifs on a background of parallel wavy lines. Her hair is sprinkled with flowers and is worn in a fashionable upsweep; it forms a halo-like circle that highlights her face.
"The Kiss" reflects his fascination with eroticism, and while its overall architecture is obviously phallic, it is renowned because of its tender representation of the female model who is tightly embraced and seems to be consumed by him. 

Kiss in Ads

And more contemporary perhaps you heard or saw the Benetton advertisements, but have you actually seen this?

Last Fall (2011), Benetton launched its new worldwide communication and marketing campaign, an invite to the leaders and citizens of the world to combat the “culture of hatred” and creates the UNHATE Foundation.This campaign was created as the group’s corporate social responsibility strategy. The Benetton Group “seeks to contribute to the creation of a new culture against hate”. According to Benetton “These are symbolic images of reconciliation—with a touch of ironic hope and constructive provocation—to stimulate reflection on how politics, faith and ideas, even when they are divergent and mutually opposed, must still lead to dialogue and mediation”.

Since Hate and love are often in a delicate and unstable balance this campaign promotes a shift in the balance. 

Benetton UNHATE Campaign on the website

You can now upload online on the kisswall your own kiss and It will be match with someone else kiss so the world can love each other! I believe provoking people and striking their attention that way is very efficient ,no matter what religious and politian people may believe in, because everybody deserve peace and love. People take things well too seriously sometimes, come on, you cannot deny it is amazing marketing and communication strategy!! 
The proof that It worked so well is that some ads were banned and taken down!

I kiss the camera :) 

My kiss collection

Red Lips Rhinestone Gold Band Cut Kiss Fashion bracelet and ring

Upcycled lips bag from Primark
Charlotte Olympia Kiss me Dolores

Kiss in Design

The architect Franco Audrito, the founder and the driving force of Studio 25 in Torino

Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind said: 
"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."

I kiss you

At Luisa Via Roma Party June 2011

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