Art Gym Gallery is proud to announce Nude vs. Naked, an exhibition co-curated by Lori Hellstrom and Elke McGuire. The exhibition will be open from October 10 – November 1. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 10, from 5-8 PM.
The following is Lori Hellstrom and Elke McGuire’s curatorial remit for the exhibition:
“The exhibition Nude vs. Naked came about after thinking where we, as artists, draw the line between experiencing being nude versus naked and how we define those lines. Through discussion about these two words, we came to realize that we differed in our definition of each. As we visited the studios of the artists and selected the works, we asked them to think about what the terms Nude and Naked mean to them and decide WHY they created the piece(s) we selected.
“The exhibition spans a wide variety of works. Medium, gender of the artist, gender of the sitter, art historical references, etc., all play a part in the motivations from each artist exhibited. After these conversations and exploration of this theme, we have concluded that there truly is no right answer to what it means to be ‘nude vs. naked;’ that the drive behind these definitions is at the heart an emotional one attached to each individual’s experience.”
Nude vs. Naked will include works by Michael Dowling, Brenda LaBier, Wendi Schneider, Noah Sodano, and Ouida Touchon.
Food for the opening will be provided by Damaris Ronkanen, owner of Cultura Chocolate. Cultura Chocolate have been members in the Maker’s Kitchen at Art Gym for three years, and we are thrilled to celebrate their success with their soon to open chocolate factory and cafe in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver.