Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hung: the nude paintings, photographs and mixed media of Nude Nite Tampa (NSFW)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

When it comes to judging art, the process is as subjective as rating erotica. Our visceral reactions dictate our intellectual assessments. Often, I unfairly criticize nude-themed art shows as simply re-framing erotica in a socially acceptable way that can be hung in living rooms instead of hidden in closets. Many fans of burlesque and nude art strongly disagree. They view these art forms as distinct from pornography. Their reasoning is often based on the assumption that art which provokes an intellectual response is superior to that which stirs a carnal reaction.

Case in point. Saturday night at Nude Nite, well-dressed art enthusiasts crowded around a stage, taking pictures of a costumed woman performing on a vertical pole. They said things like, "She's a gymnast," and "She's incredible." I suspect most would have described this display as superior to what happens in a strip club, though I had seen this same performer win the Miss Pole Champ competition at The Pink Pony with a more challenging routine.

With that in mind, below is a sample of the paintings, photographs and mixed media that adorned the walls of Nude Nite Tampa. They are presented here, free of interpretation or criticism, to appease your curiosity and to clue you in to talented artists, many of whom are local. For photographs of the performers, the painted models and the event, see CL photographer Chip Weiner's story on Nude Nite.

Strangers Mizuki Katakura $1,200
  • "Strangers" Mizuki Katakura $1,200

Dinner is Served David Wood $240
  • "Dinner is Served" David Wood $240

Human Cello Bruce Ruiz $2,500
  • "Human Cello" Bruce Ruiz $2,500

Wave Steve McAfee $500
  • "Wave" Steve McAfee $500

Museum Nudes Albert Heisler $250
  • "Museum Nudes" Albert Heisler $250

Oh Yes! Dave Levingston $450
  • "Oh Yes!" Dave Levingston $450

Naturally Slippery Derek Gores $5,150
  • "Naturally Slippery" Derek Gores $5,150

Nix Herrera
  • Nix Herrera

Millionaires Dream Walt Majewski $1,200
  • "Millionaires Dream" Walt Majewski $1,200

Chroma Brillante Herb Martin $2,000
  • "Chroma Brillante" Herb Martin $2,000

So What Robert Weir $1,100
  • "So What" Robert Weir $1,100

In the Garden of Delight Douglas Metzger
  • "In the Garden of Delight" Douglas Metzger

Fantome Rouge David Turner $375
  • "Fantome Rouge" David Turner $375

Merrique 1 Rakesh Malik $1,000
  • "Merrique 1" Rakesh Malik $1,000

Flying... Underwater Edwin Rosales
  • "Flying... Underwater" Edwin Rosales

Faceless and Nameless Stepehen Matkowsky $2,250
  • "Faceless and Nameless" Stepehen Matkowsky $2,250

Sonofsonofsonofson John Kardys $150
  • "Sonofsonofsonofson" John Kardys $150

Fear no Art (Free Pussy Riot) Robert Pomeroy $400
  • "Fear no Art (Free Pussy Riot)" Robert Pomeroy $400

Lauren Lawrence Feir $2,200
  • "Lauren" Lawrence Feir $2,200

Valerie Lawrence Feir $2,600
  • "Valerie" Lawrence Feir $2,600

Swim Shadow Jerrie Hurd $500
  • "Swim Shadow" Jerrie Hurd $500

Body Image Anxiety Craig Stocks $425
  • "Body Image Anxiety" Craig Stocks $425

Moons on the Beach Kenneth Reshard $400
  • "Moons on the Beach" Kenneth Reshard $400

The Back Kyle Dickson $600
  • "The Back" Kyle Dickson $600
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