Archive for the 2004 Artists Category

December 2004 and January 2005 photos by JC

Posted in 2004 Artists, 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Artist’s Reception- Friday December 10th, 7-9pm
Also- Friday January 14th, 7-9pm
-Blurring the lines between fine-art, fetish and erotic photography, JC’s images challenge convention and defy labels. His formula: Take beautiful, expressive women, mix in natural light with a compelling setting and bare-bones equipment — and capture the most evocative, provocative moments on film.
JC is a photographer and writer who has traveled extensively and “remembered to bring a camera along for the ride.” Self-taught, he stumbled into fetish photography in early 2001. Since then, he has worked with several of today’s top fetish models and shot in unusual locations ranging from ghost towns to a haunted prison.

JC’s work has been published and collected in the U.S. and Europe. This is his first gallery show. His second exhibit will be featured at
Aphrodite Gallery in January 2005.

November 2004- Hadria LoMaouro

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan
An enchanted exhibit featuring originals and affordable prints

An enchanted exhibit featuring originals and affordable prints

Hadria LoMauro
Artist’s Reception- Friday November 12th, 7-9pm

“Enchanted Enslavement”
-A vibrant and whimsical collection of watercolor and oil paintings of fairies and other mythical creatures captured in erotic bondage.

As far as I can remember, my hands created works of fantasy. Fairies, mermaids, and mythical creatures constantly covered the pages of my sketchbooks. My love of drawing soon turned to painting, and these creatures of fantasy remained the primary subjects of my work.

When painting, I try to create an escape from the mundane and everyday. I enjoy this genre of painting because of the enormous amount of freedom it gives me. When painting fairies and fantasy creatures I am constantly testing the limits of my imagination. Although my subjects tend to be fantasy, natural elements such as plants, insects, animals, and water inspire me and are often found in my work.

My “Bound” series of artwork came about as a natural combination of two elements that always interested me; fantasy creatures (mainly fairies) and bondage. It is enormous fun for me to place a pretty fairy into the hands of some mysterious sadist, to tie her up with tiny ropes and put her on display for all to see!

I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in May 2000 with a B.A. in Fine Art and a minor in art history. My ultimate goal is to one day support myself solely on my artwork.

October 2004- Karisa West

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan
In time for Halloween, a sexy spooky exhibit

In time for Halloween, a sexy spooky exhibit

Kerisa West is an emerging artist living in center city, but she is not a native Philadelphian. She was born in England and spent her childhood in Japan, Israel, and several locations across America. All the traveling, changing and exposure to diverse global cultures inspired her to paint. Kerisa’s work is based on both emotional reactions to travel, and the rich visual and storytelling traditions of the places she has lived.

In her current works, she builds up a thickly textured background and then seeks out the curves and figures of goddesses, animal spirits, angels and sirens. She uses mixed media, consisting mainly of acrylic latex, charcoal and one or two unique mediums per painting. Working with mixed media and a variety of techniques helps her to communicate, not only in an aesthetically pleasing manner, but also on a deeper symbolic level.

September 2004 – Lacedy by Kristine Allouchery

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

Threading a cord between fetish and erotica, “Laced” draws a line which intersects the two. These photographs pursue lust with lush and dream-like imagery. And exemplify romantic restraint.

One of the romantic images from this collection

Kristine Allouchery has worked as an independent photographer for nearly 10 years. Although she has lived in several different countries, Philadelphia has proven to be excellent training ground for observing and participating in a truly diverse and challenging society.

Never one to follow norms, she uses photography as a way to document the people and places that are not often seen or accepted.

July 2004 – Kiss of Fire by Barbara Nitke

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

Barbara Nitke is a New York City artist who has been exploring issues of sexual relationship through photography since 1982. She is the current president of the Camera Club of New York (founded in 1884 by Alfred Stieglitz) and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been the subject of one-woman exhibitions in New York, New Orleans, Baltimore, Provincetown, Philadelphia and in Europe. A chief objective of her photographs is focus on the loving attachment between participants.

In Kiss of Fire, Nitke writes of her experience exploring the sadomasochistic community and her increasing desire to photograph the lovers she saw. Unlike the fetish fashion books that dominate this niche, Nitke has captured the intense energy and passion of genuine sadomasochistic lovers. Her work is an insiders view into the issues of trust, intimacy and negotiation that makes these relationships possible.

“Nitke’s photography shows the beauty of sadomasochism and the love it takes to make the power exchange inherent to it work,” according to Susan Wright of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

One of the featured photographs from Barbaras new book

One of the featured photographs from Barbara's new book

June 2004- Coming together by Nicola Visaggio

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan
One of 14 sexy, kinky queer photographs on display this month

One of 14 sexy, kinky queer photographs on display this month

This exhibit is a collection of archival digital prints exploring how women lovers interact with each other sexually when they think no one is watching… and when they know the shutter is clicking.

“I feel that there is not enough hot lesbian erotica existing within the Philadelphia queer community. Lately there has definitely been some fantastic stuff happening in the local scene, which I want to add to. I wanted to create something that would inspire other artists to generate more erotic art and, of course, to turn people on”.
Nicola Visaggio is a creative local talent whose many hats include, print media artist, drag performer and singer/songwriter.

This show of photography will be Nicola’s virgin gallery exhibition.

May 2004- David Lawrence

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

David Lawrence has been a master of expressive portrait and headshot photography for more than 20 years. During that time styles and fads have come and gone while his methods have remained true and effective. The tenets his work is based on are not a matter of style but a matter of substance.

One of eleven beautiful photographic works showcased this month

One of eleven beautiful photographic works showcased this month

He became interested in Shibari, the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage, in early 2003. He approached Shibari with an artists eye as he recognized the inherent beauty of rope on skin. Shibari quickly became a passion, a passion that developed more intensely as he worked with and experienced the magic of rope. He made it a point to tie as often as possible. His talent and skill truly emerged as he delved deeper into the art of tying rope. His ties have become meticulous and intricate, but even his basic ties are quite beautiful to look at. They are all true works of art.

The blending of two passions, Shibari and Photography, is a gift that David Lawrence shares. He captures the fine art of Shibari in striking images that communicate sensuality, eroticism, and the force of raw emotion. The sensual but restrictive nature of Shibari is a true blend of visual and poignant imagery. The photographs that he produces with his rope and cameras are beautiful expressions of his creative talent and love for both art forms.

March/April 2004- Abstractions of Venus by Alain David

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

Alain David creates abstract images of the female yoni.

One of a dozen unique feminine renditions in this collection

One of a dozen unique feminine renditions in this collection

Digital manipulation and use of vibrant colors and forms creates distinctive pieces as diverse as womanhood itself. David’s works have been featured throughout the United States.

February 2004 – Solosexual by Albo Jeavons

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

Impressionist digital photos of Faeries and photo-realist drawings of gay sex join digitally manipulated images from Jeavons’ videos in this erotic solo exhibition.

The shallow end of this exhibit to whet your appetite

The shallow end of this exhibit to whet your appetite

“My work is usually political in its subject matter” says Jeavons, “but most of the erotic work is more subtextually political in it’s open and explicitly homoerotic celebration of the pleasures of the human body. I want to reclaim the penis from the patriarchy, and the naked male body from Calvin Klein and Abercrombie And Fitch”.
The “What do neckties really mean?” series; a humorous investigation of the necktie as phallic symbol, will be included in the exhibition.
Jeavons has worked as an illustrator for gay sex magazines, and as a producer of safe-sex videos for 15 years.

His installation for the recent Illegal Art Exhibition has garnered international press attention. He and his subversive t-shirt designs were recently profiled in a Philadelphia City Paper article, and he is scheduled to discuss his work on 48 Update on television Channel 48 in February.

January 2004 – Sacred Love by Krista Bard

Posted in 2004 Artists on May 21, 2009 by Kali Morgan

This unique exhibit of abstract paintings is inspired by eastern philosophy and art of the Kama Sutra and Ananga Ranga. Stemming from the ancient Indian female-centered religious practices of Tantrism, the Kama Sutra was written by the nobleman Vatsyayana about the 4th century AD, as a guide to assist men in giving their women the gift of sexual ecstasy. The Ananga Ranga appeared at the time of the Crusades, and is specifically aimed at preventing the separation of husband and wife. Both books were translated and first printed in English by Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton.

Krista next to one of the many well-endowed works in this collection

Krista next to one of the many well-endowed works in this collection

While western society has focused primarily on the Kama Sutra and Ananga Ranga acrobatics, body positions and techniques, these eastern teachings hold sex in much higher, complete regard — as a physical, emotional and spiritual union — through which we can experience expanded and enhanced states of consciousness. By merging ecstatically with your partner, you merge with the world and come closer to heaven.

Krista Bard’s goal is to capture the spirit, the energy, the essence of the Kama Sutra and Ananga Ranga teachings. All the paintings are black, white and red, drawing on the simple power of Asian style. The red mark on each painting holds her signature as well as the Sanskrit enlightenment prayer: Gate Gate Para Gate Para Sam Gate Bodhi Swaha, and heart-opening prayer: Om Ma Nee Pay May Hung,(also called the Jewel in the Lotus). Each canvas is treated with a mixture of oils and herbs; the paints used are acrylic; the specific posture is noted on the canvas reverse.

The idea for Sacred Love grew out of a discussion Bard had with a feng shui master about how to apply the Chinese discipline of color and object placement in designing spaces that foster relationships. That conversation was the sand in the oyster. Bard had an empty space on her wall, and Pearl Art Supplies had a parking space out front. The idea for the accompanying series Where We Touch came from Bard musing on how to define the places where people touch when they embrace; hence body monoprints, alone and overlayed.

Krista Bard’s earliest and fondest childhood memories were of painting with kitchen chairs as her easel, paper taped to the back, a palette of colors on the seat. She studied art formally at the Boston Museum School and Tufts University as a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. This PASSIONAL exhibit at Aphrodite Gallery is the second showing of Krista Bard’s “Sacred Love” series, which was unveiled at Perry Milou Gallery in November 2003.

Krista Bard is also president of Bard Associates Inc. marketing firm, president of Center City Proprietors Association, and a founding member of the Lithuanian Economic Development Advisory Council.