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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
July 1 - 31, 2007
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

i'm not mad at you, i'm mad at the dirt
Curated by Scott Hug
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Fall River (Peter), 2002
Richard Renaldi
Silver gelatin print, 30" x 40"

Featuring the works of David B. Abbott, Stephen Andrews, Robert Blanchon,
Rene Capone, Arnold Fern, Robert Flack, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Frank Moore,
Mark Morrisroe, Chuck Nanney, Richard Renaldi, Paul Thek, Frederick Weston
and David Wojnarowicz.

In the Curatorís Statement:

As a young country boy out in the Midwest I'd always get into trouble for bringing dirt inside the house. It wasn't just mud -- sometimes I was getting a bar of soap stuck in my mouth by my very Christian God-fearing father. They used to call me Scotty Potty. I couldn't help it; I liked everything dirty, even my big brother's dirty [gay] porn magazines...

When I was invited to curate a Web show for Visual AIDS, I was excited to research the extensive slide library to see who and what I could find that would inspire me. I chose some artists whose works have influenced my own and also looked for artists new to me.

b i o g r a p h y

Scott Hug received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master's in communication design from Pratt Institute. Hug's work has been featured at John Connelly Presents, Deitch Projects, White Box, D'Amelio Terras, and Greene Naftali, all in New York.

His work has also appeared at gallerie du jour agnes b. in Paris, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times and has appeared in the New Art Examiner and Zingmagazine. He was awarded a Rema Hort Mann grant in 2004.

Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project.

Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-pronged mission: 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers, 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message “AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

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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