In Heat: An Erotic Art Exhibition

Contact: Terry Glispin

August 4, 2001 - September 15, 2001
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

In Heat, an erotic art exhibition, will open at the Fugitive Art Center on Saturday, August 4th at 7:00 pm. An all media juried show from throughout the United States, the 21 artists selected present a complex and lively look at that most illusive of art forms: erotica.

Sculpture such as "Dough Boys" by Tracey Williams, a playful look at Pillsbury’s icon, is indicative of humor’s refreshing insights in the human condition. George Kennedy’s 8 small prints based on the turn of the century keyhole art, locate the erotic in a historical context; while Jack Dingo Ryan’s aural installation incorporating Van Halen’s "Eruption," only winks back as far as his teenage fantasies. Shea Steel’s mixed media photographic piece murmurs of a longing that is out of touch. And although Mara Trachtenberg’s photographic series, "The Pornographic Contradiction," utilizes more explicit imagery, it is no less ambiguous in content. In Kelly Williams’ untitled oil on canvas, a sedately dressed woman, painted from the neck down, sits casually on a red chair almost but not at all revealing herself. Jack O. Summers’ mixed media box, "Ancient Heroes," does reveal while still retaining an aura of mystery.

All the artists represented, whether working with realism or subtle suggestion, whether relying on humor or psychological drama, are finely in tune with their own vision. In Heat sets out not to shock, but to explore the nuances and diverse sensibilities of the erotic.