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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
June 23 - August 11, 2007
St. Louis, MO

phd
presents:

Body / Building
Jeff Palmer and Ken Konchel

An examination of the male nude and architectural abstracts.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23, 2007, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

According to the ancient Roman architect Vetruvius, the precise mathmatical relationships that exist in the human body should be followed in architecture.

Body / Building explores the correlation between human and architectural forms through an examination of the male nude photography of Jeff Palmer and the architectural abstracts of Ken Konchel.

PHD hosts this exhibition of black & white photography and will hang nearly two dozen works by each artist.

These are two accomplished photographers who focus on radically different subject matter with similar sensibilities.

The work of both is about structure and relationships, in literal, figurative and poetic terms. Their work is built on the broad and strong tradition of using the human form and the form of the built environment to document who we are. The work is designed to intentionally encourage us to see in ways that we are not used to seeing. They challenge us to more clearly understand who we are and what we value. In the process we will be required to reassess our own sensibilities. Like many artful endeavors, their work can be provocative and for some, may even offend.

Both are reductivists, inclined to represent just enough so that we are encouraged/obliged to imagine the rest: the rest of the building, the rest of the body, but most importantly, the rest of the story.

We have been exploring the structure of the human body and the structure of buildings for a very long time and we have been trying to represent them for just as long.

In many instances, representations have been combined. Nude figures, male and female, have adorned buildings in almost every culture since antiquity, often in explicitly provocative ways. Indian temples, classical sculpture and painting are dense with images that assault the puritan ethic.

We have also been on a continuous search to (re)define the ideal for both; body, building and relationships.

Those ideals have evolved from culture to culture and from epoch to epoch.

In western culture, we study the Greek ideal, the Roman ideal, the ideal of the Renaissance and on through modernity. The historic ideals are substantively different from one another, but we have tended not to be too discriminating and seem to be willing to "mix and match" at will. We romanticize those antecedents and are still inclined to copy them rather than develop contemporary standards that would have the potential to serve as precedents for future generations.

Palmer and Konchel are proposing that there are new ideals, new relationships, and new possibilities.

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