Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bare Men: The Group Show

'Since the dawn of my Bare Men series, I've been working to end the taboo of the male nude -- full-frontal, all bodies, erections -- and the men who inhabit those bodies. What draws me to nudes is how much of a person's spirit we're shown.'

Earlier this year, I posted a call to photographers for Bare Men, the upcoming show put together, and based on the theme of artist Abigail Ekue.  Well, the time is here and starting this week, Bare Men , the group show opens at The Living Gallery in Bushwick Brooklyn. The exhibit will be on view from September 29 through October 4 starting with a press preview on Sunday, September 29. The opening reception will be held on October 1 from 7 to 10 PM. On Thursday, October 3, 2019, an Artist Talk will be held at 6 to 8 PM.

'For Bare Men: The Group Show, I invited and selected photographers whose imagery was intimate, delicate, raw, erotic, evocative. The work I was drawn to took my breath away. Photographers who are daring, pushing boundaries or those that are elevating the classic nude tropes. I chose photography as the sole medium for this show because it is the most censored when it comes to the male nude.'

'When I'm working with men for my Bare Men series or with private clients, I love the process of seeing them strip the armor of "being a man" in society. They are free to express their personal masculinity. The artists in Bare Men: The Group Show exhibit many expressions of masculinity through their photography and self portraiture.

This exhibit forces the viewer to face the face of the male nude. The viewer is asked to confront any hang-ups they may have towards the male nude or even nudity, in general, and appreciate that there is art in the male nude. Art that we all have a hand in creating.'

Exhibiting Artists:

Adam Burke, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Andy Kabi, Anira Ivo, Ann-Marie Stillion, Arnold Barretto, Berta A. Daniels, Bill Mattern, DearIndifference, Ekin Balcıoğlu, Evan Murphy, Exposing40, H. Tim Secnal, Jen Folsom, Jeremy Marc Anthony, Joseph O’Neill, Linda Richard, Logan Benedict, Naked World, Nick Kershaw, Oliver Estrella, Only Sky Studios, Patrick, Peter J. Robinson Jr., Raj Kamal, Ryan Alvin, Shelagh Howard, Steve Stenzel, Tim Foley, Wolf Schwarz, Wylde Soul Photography, Zaza Greene

Bare Men: The Group Show marks the return to The Living Gallery for Abigail Ekue Photography. In the spring of 2016, Ekue held her solo Bare Men Pop-Up Exhibit in the space.

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