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Art Nude Ireland’s First Public Exhibition

Monday 13th – Friday 17th November

Art Nude Ireland will launch its inaugural exhibition at 6pm, here in Filmbase’s gallery space on Curved Street in Temple Bar. Photographers and models will be showing 50 works & the opening reception will be from 6-9.

 

“In the first three decades of the 20th century, fine art nude photography became a distinct form of artistic expression in Europe and North America. Fine art nude work by photographers such as Man Ray, Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston showed that the camera was a powerful tool for artistic expression with the body as its primary motif. During the last 100 years this genre has developed in breadth and originality.

Fine art nude photography features frequently in private and public art spaces across the Western world, with a few exceptions. Ireland is one of these exceptions. Images of the human body are scarce in the Irish visual art landscape and photographic art nude images very rare. Images of the human body were generally considered shameful and immoral in the past. Then, within a couple of decades, images of the body proliferated – unfortunately the vast majority of contemporary images of the body are prurient and often misogynistic. A yawning cultural gap has opened up between the shame-based view of the human body of the past and the present debased and over-sexualised representations of the body.

The safe thing to do would be to cede our vision of the body to an unlikely coalition of puritans and pornographers. Or we can explore the representation of the human body in a way that helps us create work of artistic value, work (to borrow a term from James Joyce) that will engender in the viewer a sense of “aesthetic arrest”. Art Nude Ireland is a collective of women and men, art photographers and models, who have met and worked together regularly over the last two years to develop this art form. We have discussed the many artistic and social issues that arise with this genre. We value equally the perspectives of models and photographers, and our membership comprises men and women on both sides of the camera.”

Art Nude Ireland has organised workshops and facilitated creative work among members. Members of the collective that are exhibiting work include Vonna Nolan, Paul Brady, and Eamonn Farrell and Douglas Ross who have exhibited and been published both nationally and internationally.

  • Monday 13th – Friday 17th November.
  • Press Preview 3.00pm, Monday 13th November.
  • Opening reception 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday 13th November.
  • The Exhibition continues Tuesday – Thursday from 9:30 am to 9 pm and Friday 9:30 am – 5:00pm.

For more information visit www.artnudeireland.ie

Adam by Michael O’Callaghan. One of the images which will be on the display at the first Art Nude Ireland Exhibition in the Filmbase Exhibition Space on the Curved Street in Temple Bar. It opens on Monday 13th November at 6.00pm and runs until 5.00pm on Friday 17th of November. Image: Michael O’Callaghan.

 

Vonna by Paul Brady. One of the images which will be on the display at the first Art Nude Ireland exhibtion in the Filmbase Exhibition Space on the Curved Street in Temple Bar. It opens on Monday 13th November at 6.00pm and runs until 5.00pm on Friday 17th of November. Image: Paul Brady.

 

Goose Chase by Doug Ross. One of the images which will be on the display at the first Art Nude Ireland exhibtion in the Filmbase Exhibition Space on the Curved Street in Temple Bar. It opens on Monday 13th November at 6.00pm and runs until 5.00pm on Friday 17th of November. Image: Doug Ross.