Opening Reception for The Nude: Etienne Gros, Obaji Nyambi and William Utermohlen

When: Fri., March 5, 5 p.m. 2010

The subject of the nude human body has always stirred powerfully personal and moving reactions in us. It is possibly our oldest and deepest taboo dating back to the story of the expulsion from Eden. Three artists Etienne Gros, Obaji Nyambi and William Utermohlen explore the meanings of this subject. Gros' ephemeral images of lovers pay tribute to eroticism, but far from pornographic, the images are an homage to the elusiveness of desire and its satisfaction. Nyambi's nudes question traditional social norms and seem to be a political declaration of their individuality and refusal to be stereotyped. Utermohlen's work embodies the stripping away of clothing as a metaphor the for stripping away of artifice, thereby exposing the emotional and psychological state of both himself and the model. While approaching the subject from different points of view, their Nudes confront us with their inherent humanity. On display through April 13.


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