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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 1 - 31, 2005
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

Manner of Solitude
A Web Gallery
Curated by
Pet Silvia
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
"Maria," 1994
Tim McCarron

Featuring the work of Dominic Avellino, Brian Buczak, Peter Cherone, Stephen Clark, Bob Corti, Brian Crede, Milton Garcia Latex, Tim McCarron, Eduardo Mirales, Michael Mitchell, Eric Molnar, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mike Parker, Gilbert Pratts, Nelson Edwin Rodriguez, Tom Shooter, Hugh Steers, George Towne, Martin Wong and Steven Wolf.

In the Curatorís Statement, Pet Silvia states:

“Viewing the works of so many artists in different styles, media and approaches to their craft still spoke to me of a consistency for a somber and passionate feeling in their work. They have all struggled, and have hit a nerve with their sheer amount of vitality. They also, as artists, show us their isolated side, and we become affected by this, as good art should do to us. Each of the subjects here brings out feelings of dignity, despite any intended humor. They've given a piece of themselves, and we admire that accomplishment.”

Pet Silvia, co-owner of the gallery Art at Large in New York, has been curating exhibitions of art that celebrate the human body and sexuality for over 10 years. Starting in the basement of the Sacred Body Arts Tattoo Emporium on Canal Street, he branched out to other underground galleries and clubs. Between 1996 and 1999, Pet did his weekly cable TV show, "The Malignant Muse." Costumed in drag and wearing lingerie, he promoted the work of unknown artists, and poked fun at the art world establishment because, "they deserve[d] it."

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career. www.visualAIDS.org

The Body is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on the Web, according to <Hot 100>. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its human and spiritual dimensions.

Visual AIDS 
526 W. 26th St. # 510, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.627.9855  Fax: 212.627.9815
e-mail: info@visualAIDS.org

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