“To have and to hold; to touch and to feel. Such was Steve Diet Goedde’s objective in creating a series of Polaroid emulsion transfers for his “Variations” show, up through July 24.
“Hopefully, people will want to buy them, because it’s a thing that you can possess,” Goedde said in a phone interview last night.
Models for the images, wearing stilettos, fetish accessories and lingerie, were shot in Goedde’s signature style. The process of making the prints, however, was vastly different from his usual one: Instead of using standard film, scanning each frame and making digital prints like he did for the last 10 years, he used a Polaroid camera, removed the fragile emulsions from the photos, rinsed off the chemicals and transferred each of them to Arches watercolor paper, creating one-of-a-kind works of art.
“I don’t like photography that looks too lifelike,” he said. “It’s got to have some kind of an organic feel to it. I like my work to look painterly, and this is the perfect means of creating that feel.”” > Read More, Stank Magazine
“Henkel, and Sin City, always seem to make a big impact. The 12 Inches show, now in its sixth year, draws hundreds of submissions. Last year she crowd-funded four books of art compiled from past 12 Inches shows; the fifth book comes out this year. Now, the gallerist is taking a shrewdly calculated big chance with Immersive, a daylong “art happening” that spills out of Sin City Gallery into the Arts Factory’s west parking lot on April 9. Hundreds of pieces of sexy and provocative art, from photographs to mixed media pieces, will be on display, complemented by a series of live performers.” Seven Magazine > Read More
Sin City Gallery presents 12 Inches of Sin IMMERSIVE art experience on April 9th. Music, performance art and the most spectacular visual art from around the world will be on exhibition and sale. 300 art works from around the world will be available for discerning collectors.
There will be three live auctions throughout the day:
1:00 to 4:00pm, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, and 7:00pm to 11:00pm
IMMERSIVE is designed so people may come and go from the event, experience the neighborhood and acquire outstanding works of art. There is art from Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, France, Slovenia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
We are pleased to present original works of art by Sorayama and Moz for discerning collectors.
“If there’s still a taboo around erotic art in Las Vegas, rest assured: Dr. Laura Henkel is breaking it. The curator and specialist in human sexuality helms the Sin City Gallery, which is preparing for an upcoming show of Hajime Sorayama paintings. She also runs 12 Inches of Sin, an annual juried erotic art exhibition. Now, for the competition’s fifth year, an immersive art experience will accompany the annual competition.
For the April 9 event, Dr. Henkel is taking over the entire Arts Factory complex, the converted warehouse where Sin City Gallery is located, amongst other fine art studios and commercial galleries. She hopes to encourage Las Vegas’ downtown arts scene, and from 1 PM to midnight, the complex will be filled with visual and performance art, lectures, and live entertainment.” > Read More @ The Creators Project
If you have had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Laura or have heard her on the radio, you know she isn’t all that fond of the term ‘erotic art’ because of the negative response most people have to it, as well as being an incredibly stale reference.
Dr. Laura has co-authored a manifesto with art historian and former curator of The Museum of Modern Art, Rosa Berland, that captures the essence of the genre and fully represents Sin City Gallery, the artists who exhibit there, and the patrons who appreciate the art. We are proud to introduce to you: Modern Provocateur Manifesto.
Modern Provocateur is an expansive contemporaneous term that describes artwork that depicts or is about human sexuality.
The art thematics may include polemical intent, e.g. challenging political or socially inscribed roles. As part of the contemporary art movement, these artists engage their public often in very challenging ways. At times, artwork features transgressive content and form including the depiction of what has been long regarded as private in unexpected formats. This work however moves far beyond pornography or erotica, as it is critically engaged in not only the expression of sexuality, but also the idea of reception.
In terms of visual representation, it can be either explicit and include images, symbolic motifs or it can be the evocation of human sexuality in allegorical, metaphoric or symbolic terms.
The category encompasses all mediums, from classical studio works such as sketches and painting to film, multimedia, sculpture, photography, digital and performance based work. The terminology takes into account not only social change, e.g. more societal openness about female sexual expression, the increasing acceptance of bisexuality, homosexuality and transgendered people within our culture, this genre also addresses formal concerns such as the pervasiveness of sexualized or erotic imagery in the digital world, commercial or otherwise, as well as post-war artistic practice that involved the use of the body as the canvas or primary expressive mode.
The complexity of this type of visual art is in part because when it does cause scandal, protest, outrage or shock, the criticism is often myopic, and does not always take into account the entire narrative or concept behind the work or the maker or the construction of socially acceptable parameters. As well, particularly in western culture, a less than holistic attitude towards the expression of sexuality exists.
Modern Provocateur celebrates the beauty of the anima and animus within each of us, and permits both the artist and the viewer to express and explore without shame or apology.