Erotic & Ladies

June 2012

Inge Jacobson
“My practice is about intervening into found images through embroidery, cutting, and collaging. The images I use are mostly from women’s high fashion magazines, pornographic images, and newspapers. My main concern as an artist is how one responds to the mass of imagery in the world. I am particularly interested in exploring the different contexts in which photography can be used. I like to stray from the conventional perceptions of what photography can and can’t be. With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique. The stitching makes the covers very tactile and it creates something that is impossible to reproduce on a large scale. Each piece is unique and handmade, so I have taken it out of circulation and made it something of my own. I want the viewer to recognise the obsessiveness of these pieces and gain some understanding and appreciation of the time and effort that was spent on it, these are not moments witnessed as with conventional photography, but physically endured by the artist.
The image it self becomes ‘objectness’ of a photograph. By bringing the surface of the image to the attention of the viewer I want them to acknowledge the stitched pieces as objects rather than just images. It seems appropriate to be using fashion magazines as women are often objectified within them. There is also a link between the feminine craft of cross stitching and women’s magazines. This is a way of linking women’s hobbies from generations ago with hobbies and interests of my generation. I can, and have, spent long periods of time reading Vogue magazines just like my grandmother and her sisters spent a long time cross-stitching.”

Bryan Holland
Bryan has worked professionally as an artist, a graphic artist, and a college professor. He is currently resides and works as an artist in Minnesota, where he continues to work both independently and collaboratively. His work has been in numerous exhibitions, from solo to regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions. His work has been published in several journals and is part of many collections.
Bryan’s most recent work is a mix of digital images, photo manipulation, collage, found art, image transfer techniques, painting, and a variety of other techniques and experimentation. His work is influenced by graphic design, vintage art, painting, photography, mythology and a little bit of philosophy.

Ellen Stagg
Ellen has been a photographer since she was 16 years old. She moved to New York City in 1996 from Connecticut to attend the School of Visual Arts where she received her BFA in Photography. She signed with her first photography agent at the end of her junior year of college. In her ten year career as a professional photographer she has worked in advertising, fashion, and portraiture, shooting for various magazines, look books, stock photography, and celebrities.

Hilo Chen
Hilo Chen is a Taiwanese-American painter. He is best known for his photorealistic paintings of the female figure. His work is in major museum collections throughout the world.

From readily accessible digital media and online social networks, a new fashion of (desperate) narcissism and pornography has risen to serve as the modern day booty call.
Bevies of individuals now seek to reconceive their identities in a virtual world. Although some people will use their real names, most who use the Internet for the purpose of reinvention prefer the use of pseudonyms, which often reveal subtle or metaphorical hints of personal information. As users interact with an established online identity a reputation builds which enables others to decide whether the identity is worthy of trust.
The concept of the personal self, and how emerging technology influences it is currently studied in the fields of psychology and sociology. Research suggests that unwise and uninhibited behavior on the Internet rises as a result of the relationship between anonymity and (immediate) audience gratification creating a loosening or even complete abandonment of social restrictions and reticence that would otherwise be present in traditional face-to-face interactions.
The notion of “You don’t know me” equates to simple anonymity. Anonymity affords a sense of protection, and feeling protected provides an individual with a virtual playground allowing for a meaningful release. The release may be as simple as making a comment that would otherwise be embarrassing in a conventional interaction, or as complex as an outlet for sexual fantasies. Certain release-seekers photograph themselves in the mirror or with their own extended arm striking seductive poses in scant clothing.
These studies in particular are the focus of my Zepeda paintings.
The women depicted show a complexity of character in an easily dismissed, attention deficit fed forum. The need for the subject to photograph herself, rather than trusting another individual to assist her may suggest the woman’s distrust of a flesh and blood world, finding the virtual world more accepting and forgiving. Contrarily it may point to an isolation that previously existed, and a need for attention that has not been gratified with real human contact. The isolation apparent in each of these photographs is compounded by inattention for the setting or quality of the photograph. Neglected environments made of dirty laundry, unmade beds, empty food containers and flashes from the camera share the scene in a large collection of these on-line photos. The disheveled environment casts a light on the women’s detachment from the material world, and lack of interest in her daily drudgeries. The anticipated adoration waiting online preempts in importance the need to care for home.

Don Pablo Pedro
There once was a beautiful nymph, an amazing creature with five heads and three vaginas. She was seduced by a magnificent satyr, a satyr who was revered as the greatest painter in the small port town in which both beings hid. The nymph bore two sons from this union, although both were extremely unusual. The first son was born with a lavish beard that reached down to the tips of his toes, and had a mysterious eye which resided on his single testicle. The second son was born with a pussy for a face, and had an arm in place of his penis. In an epic battle not long after birth, the long bearded boy killed and raped his mutilated brother. This bearded son lives on today, as Don Pablo Pedro.

Corwin Prescott
Corwin Prescott is an internationally published fashion, portrait and fine art photographer. His client list ranges from indie movie producers to playboy models and musicians. He has shot editorial and look-book campaigns for both established and up-and-coming designers including Vaunt D, House of Bias, and Antiseptic Fashion with his work showing up everywhere from Bizarre to Maxim.

Jason Mecier
Jason Mecier is a mosaic portrait artist. His pieces are handcrafted painstaking care. His portraits have gained international attention and have been featured for many years in national consumer magazines and prestigious galleries. Mr. Mecier has a deep love for people, art and collecting things; he wants to help others enjoy what he likes.

Hiroshi Kumagai
Born in Tokyo, Hiroshi Kumagai is an artist currently living in Jersey City.
“I used to be the biggest comic geek. My aesthetic was highly affected by Japanese Manga. My works evolved from creating my own images to appropriating found images. My obsession towards plastic tactility remained the same though.”

Porkchop paints his “Visions of Temptation” by imbuing vintage images with a dark twist. He creates intriguing scenarios by combining paint, illustration and text. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe and is published in “The Greatest Erotic Art of Today “, Volume 2, “Eye Candy “and “I Want Your Skull.

Erin Frost
Erin Frost presents photographs that explore reconstruction and transformation through self-portraits, pursuing ideas of myth and ephemeral moments, as well as ideas of power possessed and given in to. Frost’s erotic and surreal traditional black and white photographs are influenced by the decadent and dangerous tales of dreams and memory. Through the intuitive process of self-portraits, often using mirrors to distort and transform, she works with the concept of reinvention fueled by creative desire. Originally from Montana, Erin currently resides in Seattle, WA. Her work has been exhibited across the country as well as internationally.

Lena Vazhenina
Lena Vazhenina is a photographer based in Moscow, Russia.
Studying architecture, Lena Vazhenina found herself venturing into photography, after contributing accidentally to an exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In her work she captures the essence of being female, celebrating individuality and acknowledges the fact that sex is still a powerful show stopper. All that in a seditious, yet innocent way. However, Lena cannot push boundaries out of a social force, “It’s useless in Russia, people have to become more cheerful and open first,” she says.

The fact that all photographers seem to have photos of girls posing in front of white walls in their archive inspired Lena to create the communal project GAAWW, “Girls Against A White Wall” – a Tumblr-blog where everybody can submit random, natural and funny photographs of, well, girls against a white background.

Henry Hargreaves
Henry Hargreaves is a New Zealand still life, art and fashion photographer working out of his studio in Brooklyn, NYC.
His life long love of taking photos took an unexpected turn when he was spotted traveling through South East Asia and was whisked off to Europe to work as a high end fashion model. After 4 years on the other side of the camera and the catwalk he gave it up to pursue his own creative pursuits.
He has since established himself as a full time photographer known for fun, creative, provocative and memorable images. He has created a wide spectrum of work be it for commercial clients like Ralph Lauren, Stefan Sagmeister, Boucheron, V, New York Magazine or in personal projects like 3DD, a 3D Celebration of Breasts, The Death Row Last Meal series, Bacon Alphabet or the Edible Subway. What unites his work is restless and curious mind, a fascination with the unusual or quirky and a desire to see how photography can illuminate the world and spark conversation.

Vivienne Maricevic
“Since 1976, as a fine-art photographer, my specialization is exploring different aspects of erotica, sexuality and gender. I am interested in photographing subject matter that offers many challenges, obstacles and difficulties dealing with the pathology of our times with references to sociology. All series are photographed for two years or more and all subsequent series evolve from the previous one.
Photographing environmental “Naked Men” in 1976 led to documenting “Male Burlesk” in 1981 which led to documenting NYC’s Times Square’s “Live Sex Shows” in the mid-80′s. Photographing performers from the adult x-rated movie industry in 1985 for my “Porn Stars” series enabled me to explore the male gender embracing their female persona thru the 1990′s for my transsexual series. This series resulted in a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1987, along with an Artist Grant from Artist Space, NYC in 1989. Edition Stemmle published my solo monograph, “Male-to-Female (La Cage Aux Folles)” in 1995, featuring nudes of male-to-female transsexuals and triptychs of drag queens and transvestites.
Photographing the female gender embracing their male persona in the late 1990′s of female-to-male transsexuals, male impersonators, drag kings and androgyny challenges the social construction of gender. My lifetime mission and on-going series of photographing male nudes, “She Shoots Men” is motivated by my desire to transform the imbalance that still exists with the pervasiveness of the double-standard in nude photography.” -Vivienne Maricevic

Michael Koehler
Michael Koehler has been printing traditional photography professionally in New York City for over 20 years, black & white, as well as color. He is also known for his Portrait and Urban landscape photography. He is committed to this approach, using 6×7 film cameras, standard lens and submersing himself in the darkroom for long hours. He is a graduate of R.I.T. with a BFA in photography.
These multiple-exposure photographs are an extension of Michael’s Torso series. By exposing film to various surroundings first, he then puts the film through the camera a second time, going into the studio and capturing his models poses. These images are constructed mishaps, only knowing if the first exposure was taken horizontally or vertically, no concept of composition.

Derek Gores
Derek has gained national attention for his collage portrait series, recycling magazines, labels, and found materials to create the works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the natural beauty of the figure, the angular design aesthetics of fashion (and machinery), and a fearless sense of play.
A successful commercial designer and illustrator for 15 years, clients include ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, NASCAR, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, 321 Agency, Van Halen, the National Football League, LiveNation, SEIU, Love Haight Apparel, and JCPenney.
Derek lives and works in Melbourne, Florida, surrounded by the intellect and culture of the Space Coast.

Carolyn Weltman
“My perspective begins poetically with me alone. It extends out to the mood of my models, then to my drawing, my painting and ultimately to the living spaces of my patrons. I am utterly and unashamedly ecumenical in my fascination with the human form and the imaginative capacity for loving of its inhabitants. 

Carolyn Weltman has exhibited her work worldwide and has received acclaim for her many solo shows in New York and Europe. Her work has been auctioned by houses such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Philips de Pury. Carolyn’s work is collected by both individuals of note and museums including the Kinsey Institute Collection of Erotic Art in Indiana and the Tom of Finland Museum in California.” -Carolyn Weltman