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Shooting the Wild Nude—February 2012 is a leap year month and the art selected for February displays energy both indoors and out. Our guest curator, artist, teacher and illustrator, David Reuss, looked for strong work and found it. The overall tone of the calendar is dynamic, with figures bending and twisting, often silhouetted against a darker background or outside. A few quieter pieces provide respite from the exuberant energy. In each, photographers and models show the world their benevolent “human nature.”
Launching the month is Flower Kiss, a self-portrait from Tennessee artist, Angelique Price. Following is a vision of mid-air ecstasy, Seaman by Tony Lee of Panama. Next a puzzler by German-born artist in New York, Guenter Knop, To be or not to be that is here the question. Is that the only question? How did he do that? Knop also gives us Drowning in loneliness and Air, both of which will now retire, this being their third calendar appearance. There are nine retiring artworks in all (a record). The seven others are: Red Gaea and Phenomenal by Anthony Gordon of Toronto, Canada; Coil and Black Neon, both by Kentucky artist Joseph Mays; Cherubim by BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, also of Kentucky; Tintern’s Man No. 11 from William Thiefelder, Bayport, NY; and We Two by Michael Seif of Massachusetts. Making his Barebrush calendar debut is San Francisco artist, David Morrow with untitled.
In total, fifteen photographs are making their calendar debut in February 2012. These include the mysteriously red and black Hellfire from Corrie Ancone of Sydney Australia, the powder-blue netherworld of Gabriel Sanchez of San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico, with Smurfy Dreams; the lovely and sensitive, Reflecting by Peter King of Cochiti Lake, New Mexico; and also using a mirror, the pinhole camera image entitled Carling_D_8-09-11--10AD by Dan McCormack of Accord, NY.
New York artist, Matthew Smith owns the two special days in this calendar. His Shrouded Nude, perhaps symbolic of hidden love appears on February 14, Valentine’s Day, and in the end, honoring Leap Year’s Day, we see, surreal and graceful, The Poets Walk. Enjoy the month and know that by the end of it, something or someone will remind us of Tennyson: “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love....”
The 29 artists represented in February, 2012, in day order are:
1 Anonymous, 2 Tony Lee, 3 Guenter Knop, 4 Guenter Knop, 5 Guenter Knop, 6 Anthony Gordon, 7 Anthony Gordon, 8 Tony Lee, 9 Peter Wong King, 10 Joseph Mays, 11 Tony Lee, 12 Corrie Ancone, 13 David Morrow, 14 Matthew Smith, 15 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 16 Joseph Mays, 17 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 18 Anthony Gordon, 19 Janet E Gorman, 20 William Thierfelder, 21 Michael Seif, 22 Peter Wong King, 23 Dan McCormack, 24 Michael Seif, 25 Joseph Mays, 26 Gabriel Sanchez, 27 Gabriel Sanchez, 28 Tony Lee, 29 Matthew Smith.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite PhotoArt N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite PhotoArt N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced March 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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