It’s a millennial quandary: If you’re an artist, how do you get throngs of people to see (and buy) your work? Well, if you’re Alphachanneling—an artist who makes exquisite, transcendent, erotic, colored pencil drawings, you just post the work on Instagram and watch your art star rise!
Scrolling through Alphachanneling’s Instagram account is an imaginative dive into the world of utopian erotica. The creative cross-sections of penises entering vaginas, extreme closeups of hands touching, abstract lovers, and bondage scenes are masterfully placed within a colorful array of rainbows and spiritual auras. Alphachanneling does a beautiful job of making all forms of sex appear intimate and spiritual, just as it should be.
Promoting and selling art through social media is the sign of the times. Erotic artists, who never stood a chance at garnering gallery attention, are pouring their perfectly sized works onto Instagram in the hopes of reaching droves of followers. Seemingly for some, there’s “insta-fame,” while for other’s, it takes a bit more time and dedication. What, with nearly 300 million Instagram users, it’s no wonder. But Alphachanneling seems to have a winning formula. Perhaps it’s the mysterious allure of being anonymous, or it’s the 200,000+ followers—one thing’s for certain, Alphachanneling’s charming yet borderline pornographic works of art has found their way into the contemporary art scene.