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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
August 6 - September 10, 2005
Los Angeles, CA

Drkrm.Gallery
presents:
Found:
Mid-Century Vernacular Nudes

Image © 2005 John Matkowsky

Opening Reception Saturday August 6, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Playful, Sexy, Daring, and sometimes Naughty, Drkrm.Gallery presents "Found," an exhibition of photographs from original negatives and slides discovered by chance, probably dating from the late 1940s through the early 1950s, (a period that saw the camera's emergence as an everyday and easy-to-use accessory of modern life), reflect an honest and unexpected spirit of liberation and defiance.

Popular male nude images from the 1930s to the 1960s mimicked their female "pin-up" and "cheesecake" counterparts. Yet the male nude market was shrouded in far more secrecy. When these images were sold, they were distributed as health guides, artist's references, or bodybuilding souvenirs. Because of postal laws, even the finest photographers faced imprisonment for producing frontal nudes.

The black and white prints of the male nudes in this show were made in the early 1980's shortly after the discovery of the negatives. In order to keep the feel of the original flawed negatives, the condition of the final printed image has not been altered. Whereas the female nudes or "cheesecake" photos were scanned from the original 35mm slides, color-corrected, slightly retouched, and are printed digitally.

Moments of long ago caught in the amber of photography. Printed by John Matkowsky, Drkrm.Gallery invites you to explore these images again, for the first time.

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland