A Group Photography Exhibit Curated by Abigail Ekue
Exhibition on View September 29 - October 4, 2019
October 1, 2019, 7 - 10 PM
Press preview (by invitation), September 29, 4 - 7 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6 - 8 PM
The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Bare Men: The Group Show is a group photography exhibition celebrating all expressions of the male nude ranging from the classical to the erotic. Bare Men: The Group Show, curated by Abigail Ekue, will open on September 29 with a press preview. The Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 7 to 10 PM. The show will be on view through October 4, 2019. The group exhibit features male nude photography from figure studies, fashion and glamour, editorial, outdoor, conceptual, erotic and self portrait genres. Each artist shares their own appreciation, familiarity or tension with the male nude through sensual, vulnerable, experimental and sexual imagery.
Adam Burke, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Andy Kabi, Anira Ivo, Ann-Marie Stillion, Arnold Barretto, Berta A. Daniels, Bill Mattern, DearIndifference, Ekin Balcıoğlu, Evan Murphy, Exposing40, H. Tim Secnal, Jen Folsom, Jeremy Marc Anthony, Joseph O’Neill, Linda Richard, Logan Benedict, Naked World, Nick Kershaw, Oliver Estrella, Only Sky Studios, Patrick, Peter J. Robinson Jr., Raj Kamal, Ryan Alvin, Shelagh Howard, Steve Stenzel, Tim Foley, Wolf Schwarz, Wylde Soul Photography, Zaza Greene
Since the dawn of my Bare Men series, I've been working to end the taboo of the male nude -- full-frontal, all bodies, erections -- and the men who inhabit those bodies. What draws me to nudes is how much of a person's spirit we're shown.
For Bare Men: The Group Show, I invited and selected photographers whose imagery was intimate, delicate, raw, erotic, evocative. The work I was drawn to took my breath away. Photographers who are daring, pushing boundaries or those that are elevating the classic nude tropes.
I chose photography as the sole medium for this show because it is the most censored when it comes to the male nude.
When I'm working with men for my Bare Men series or with private clients, I love the process of seeing them strip the armor of "being a man" in society. They are free to express their personal masculinity. The artists in Bare Men: The Group Show exhibit many expressions of masculinity through their photography and self portraiture.
This exhibit forces the viewer to face the face of the male nude. The viewer is asked to confront any hang-ups they may have towards the male nude or even nudity, in general, and appreciate that there is art in the male nude. Art that we all have a hand in creating.
Abigail Ekue is a New York City-based photographer and author. Her primary body of work includes portrait, editorial and nude photography. Through her Bare Men series, she displays men the way women are presented - full frontal, vulnerable, and objectified. Her work has been published in PAPER, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, WideWalls, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Refinery29, The Naked and the Lens (2nd Edition), The Creators Project, Queerguru along with various publications in the US, UK, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and India. Selections from Bare Men have been exhibited in group exhibitions in New York and Johannesburg and as the “Artist of the Month” for two months at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. In May 2016, she presented Bare Men in a pop-up exhibit at the Living Gallery. Behind the Lens: Bare Men is a short documentary about the series and her process, which was produced by Zoomin TV. Abigail Ekue's work with the male nude has been cited in graduate theses on vulnerable masculinity and the differences in the depiction of males versus females in fashion photography. Her editorial photography has been exhibited in the Museum of the City of New York, digital display at Musée du Louvre and in online outlets Flavorwire and BLOUIN ARTINFO. Abigail Ekue has been a guest on numerous radio shows and podcasts to discuss her series including Artgasm and W Radio Colombia. https://www.abigailekue.com/about/ | https://www.baremen.net/
Adam Burke grew up in a tiny Vermont town; where he developed a passion for the arts. After attending Castleton University, where he was able to experiment greater with his artistic voice; he moved to Boston where he worked and attended Northeastern U for a Masters in Digital Media. He now resides in Seattle, WA where he is able to create art with a different influence and ambition. It has been a lifelong dream to exhibit in New York, so this show is the reality of a dream.
Aeric Meredith-Goujon is best known for his erotic portraiture, but in a broader sense, his work revolves around the human body in states of extreme activity. Raised in Southern Indiana, Aeric came to New York City to continue his education and he earned his MFA in photography from Pratt Institute in 1999. Animated by spiritual inquiry and influenced by abstract painting and the visual distortions of intimacy, Aeric’s work captures the raw feelings of his subjects, focusing on the amorphous relationship between the intangible and the material. Aeric currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children where he also works as the visual director and composer with the modern dance company ChristinaNoel and the Creature. Aeric’s work has been exhibited and published over the past two decades, shedding light on the beauty of the most intimate recesses of the human character and experience.
1979 born in Austria/Europe - Touristguide for dogsledge- and ski touring in Norway and Sweden - Sociology and Education Science at the "Universität Innsbruck" - long adventure trips through the North, Russia, Iceland, Greenland - School of Photography "Prager Fotoschule Österreich" - Freelance photographer since 2014
Ann-Marie Stillion has worked as a journalist, writer, and photographer. In 2013, she began to concentrate on the nude, sexuality and the male psyche and figure. Past photographic studies have included the human portrait in many forms. She lives in Seattle and maintains a studio in Building 30 in Magnuson Park.
Arnold Barretto is a fine art photographer, designer, book artist, and printmaker. He has served as the Art Director and Photo Editor for DoNorth Magazine in upstate NY from 2018-2019 and is the founder of The Choreographed Zine. He was a Semi-Finalist in the Adobe Achievement Awards in 2018 and a recipient of The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in 2019. He recently moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a future in the art world. His hobbies include listening to podcasts, drinking a lot of coffee and performing in drag shows.
Berta A. Daniels is a photographer and multi-meda 3D Artist whose work deals with dismantling mainstream societyʼs objectification of the human body, and cookie-cutter ideas about beauty, sexuality, and body image. As a member of the LGBTQ community, she understands the importance of inclusion, creating positive depictions of diverse subjects. Her work seeks to empower both the subject and the viewer through its representation of all kinds of bodies. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she attended The Art Institute of Boston where she studied ceramic sculpture and photography. In September 2017, she self-published her first monograph of photography, titled “Crossroads”
Bill Mattern is a multimedia artist who has been working with traditional and experimental techniques since 2013. Currently studying at Virginia Commonwealth University under the Painting and Printmaking Department, Mattern has always been interested in examining the various emotional and physical components that make up the human relationship. Being best known for exploring the roles that various “barriers” have in the development of relationships, Mattern sets out present an image that synthesizes life-like elements of human existence with artificial depictions of figures to create a visual language that subverts what the viewer accepts as ‘the truth’.
Thomas is a third-generation steelworker from the rust belt of Youngstown, Ohio. Art is an afterthought there; it's not encouraged or openly accepted. He's a blue-collar worker in a blue-collar town, but he lives with a secret. He's a passionate artist exploring vulnerability through nude self-portraiture under the pseudonym DearIndifference. Themes of contradictions run through every aspect of his life and art. In one life he works 6 days a week alongside a group of people who would mercilessly mock, ridicule and dismiss him if they discovered his art, in the other life Thomas is a model and photographer, he's had 15 photos published in the curated 1x online gallery, and continues to build a following on both Patreon and Instagram.
Ekin Balcıoğlu (b. 1990, Izmir, Turkey) lives and works in New York, USA and Izmir, Turkey. Ekin received her BA (Honors) from Central Saint Martins in 2013, followed by a dual degree MA/MFA in Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in 2016.
Ekin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout New York, San Francisco Bay Area, London, Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Sofia. Ekin has been the recipient of IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award, and Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award. She has been an artist in residence at The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.
Evan Murphy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from suburban Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Exposing40 is a photographer and blogger based in London, UK. Her photography and writing explores the issue of our relationship with our bodies as we age and the impact this has on sex, self-esteem, confidence, participation in sport and how we think about our place in world. She does shoot self-portraits but her work is more often collaborations with friends and partners. She particularly loves the freedom and joy that comes from shooting outside and favourite locations have included forests, national parks, beaches, caves and even lavender fields.
H. Tim Secnal is an amateur creative person who likes to translate images he sees in his head to the tangible world. He currently lives in the Bay Area and still mourns for his dead dog, Snacky. He has many friends who are in excellent shape and have no sense of modesty. Combine that with a warehouse live/work space and... viola.
Jennifer Folsom is a photographer and educator currently residing in Northern Colorado. She earned a BFA in photography from Arizona State University and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Folsom’s work explores elements of human behavior and social structures in particular human social interactions and their relationships to culture, history and mythologies.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica with a passion to create, Jeremy Marc Anthony possesses a strong passion of music, food and photography with a desire to expose art wherever he finds it in life. His Jamaican roots give him a unique depth and his east coast upbringing presents an unmatched flare. A graduate of Alabama A&M University, he holds a BS in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a Minor in Music, Voice and Saxophone.
Joseph O’Neill was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1965. He has no formal education in art, but did study to become a chef. In the process of becoming a chef, he was forced to develop the habit of trying, tasting, and experiencing things in a different way. He has been an active photographer throughout the last decade, but only began exhibiting in 2012. Because he is self taught, he is never afraid to try different techniques. His photography has been influenced first by the works of Eugene Atget, and later by Man-Ray. His earlier work in photography was an unplanned documenting of things that are taken for granted as he passed them. Since deliberately moving toward photography as fine art, he has been experimenting more with architectural abstracts and nude studies. His work has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world, predominately in New York City and Europe and has been published in art journals, and art magazines, digitally and in print. His work is on display in the U.S. Embassies in Oman and Latvia, and he is an active member of one of New York City’s oldest artist collectives, The Pleiades Gallery.
Linda Richard is committed to photography as a form of creative artistry over technical mastery. Through their art, they celebrate all that is real, bold, and uncomfortable.
Logan Benedict was born in Newark, Delaware in 1997. He received his Associate’s Degree in Communications from Delaware Technical Community College in August of 2018. Benedict’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in New York City including the One World Observatory, Cluster Gallery, Established Gallery, One Art Space, Con Artist Collective and Local Project in Long Island City. He has also shown works at the Vancouver Arts & Leisure in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as inclusion in three shows at the Gibby Center in Middletown, Delaware. His art has been featured in publications such as Metrosource, Catapult Magazine and The Wire. In 2016, Benedict published his first book through Amazon titled Search + Destroy, which compiled the first four years of his art career. His second book, fagart, was a black and white collection of self-portraits and poems centering around fragility and male sensitivity within the queer community. His third book, Sour Milk Curds, was released in March 2018 and confronted subjects of abuse and sexual traumas. Benedict currently works and resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Oliver Estrella is a native New Yorker and visual artist. His obsession for curiosity began at age twenty-one when he decided to transition from female to male. Oliver celebrates his true entity by deconstructing the blueprint society has given him on how to be, and how to navigate as a queer Latinx individual in everyday life, by consistently seeking and sharing that experience with others. He currently resides in Queens with his dog, August.
I am Aubrey Turner, owner of Only Sky Studios in North Carolina. I have always been fascinated by people and social interactions. This interest led me to a Master’s degree in Sociology and years of photographing people. I enjoy helping others express themselves and often nudity contributes to emotional transparency. Through photography, I attempt to tell stories in a dynamic, enriching, and genuine way that showcases people rather than the masks we show in public.
A serious amateur who was passionately called to photography late in life, Peter James Robinson Jr. looks to document his curious vision of beauty and truth melding digital photographs with today’s image technology. A native of New York, he uses his vision to capture city and rural life, street art, gay culture and travel images from the 30 years of travelling around the world as an international trade expert.
His works have been purchased by collectors worldwide. His exhibitions include; Six-by-Six Gallery [NYC], Gallery35 [NYC], Roque Space [NYC], JADITE Gallery [NYC], Site 109 Gallery [NYC], Midoma [NYC], GMHC [NYC], Torpedo Factory Art Center [Arlington, VA], The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center [NYC], NR Council of the Arts [New Rochelle, NY], Pride Hall 83 [Sydney, Australia], Leslie+Lohman Prince Street Project Space [NYC], and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art [NYC].
Raj Kamal (b. 1995, Punjab), He is self taught artist, he chooses self-portrait photography as a medium to explore about himself. Doing self-portrait from the past 9 years, he covers many topics like human nature, LGBT, human body, daily life incidences and so on and some topics which we never dare to speak. His father is also a photographer so you can say that photography is in his blood. He gets inspiration from legendary artists like Francesca Woodman, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. He exhibits his works in many group exhibitions and recently, got artist scholarship from Punjab lalit kala academy (Chandigarh).
Ryan Alvin is a photographer and visual creative specializing in fashion photography and men's portraiture. Based in NYC Ryan draws his inspiration from the city and its inhabitants. Strong lines and subtle beauty are common threads that run through the majority of Ryan’s work.
Shelagh Howard is a photographer and visual artist whose focus is on the layers of experience and memory carried within the human body.
A Toronto native, Shelagh studied Photography at Ryerson University and Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Working in nudes and portraits, Shelagh’s work explores the construction of the self, involving gendered beauty, body image issues, isolation and acceptance – as well as the ever-changing nature of relationships both with ourselves and others. She innovates by combining various cultural interpretations of the human form with traditional ideas to capture authenticity and create depth in her vision.
Steve Stenzel is a St. Paul based photographer who has taught close to 100 college courses at various colleges and universities.
Steve’s latest work has been seen in Illuminance, a biennial photography exhibit in Texas; The ReFresh Print Biennial at the University of Wisconsin; Art on the Plains at the Plains Art Museum in North Dakota; After Dark, and an International juried show at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.
Steve was commissioned by the New York Times Magazine to shoot a cover story, and since has completed 4 more projects for the Times.
Tim Foley is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer, and performer from Long Island, NY. He received his BFA in photography from SUNY New Paltz and his MFA from Hunter College. His work has been exhibited in group shows throughout New York State. His work uses photography, performance, video and sound investigate (or critique) identity, queerness, disappearance, social institutions, the subject/object relationship, the nature of artistic creation, mortality and the human condition.
Wolf Schwarz born in 1966, works and lives in Berlin. After studying at FU in Berlin, his places of activity were in different countries of Europe and Asia. He was processing sculptures in the context of land art and developed performative installations, which he is recently focussed on. Reading, writing and sculpturing are other disciplines he is dealing with. His latest exhibitions were at artspring central in Berlin Pankow in 2019, designer´s open in Leipzig 2018 and Toscana-Halle (ECC Berlin-Weißensee) in 2016 an 2017.
Miriam Rieck is a passionate sensual intuitive artist based in Austin, Texas. Her work in the past had focused on music. She is currently focusing on portraiture, including male nudes. Her style is “plein air”. She believes in witnessing subjects in their natural surroundings and capturing their evocative emotions. She uses conversation and verbal prompts to help her subjects reach those emotions.
She believes that art can be used as a tool for conversation on subjects like our inherent erotic nature and promoting equality in seeing full frontal male subjects as worthy of art imagery like women are.
Zaza Greene is a photographer, filmmaker and fiber artist living in Detroit. Her diverse artistic interests were born in an immediate family of performers and artists. She earned an MFA in Film from Syracuse University, in a strongly interdisciplinary program where, among many experiences, she was able to help high school students develop their photography skills. Her narrative and documentary work has screened in local and international film festivals and been added to the Detroit Historical Museum's archives. Her latest visual art explores the meeting of flowers and water, their sensuality and transience.