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

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

Many Lands
Curated by Allison Hawkins
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Back to the Future (Self-Portrait), 1998-1999
Bruce Wesley Boyce
collage (oil sticks, wax, acrylic on Masonite), 59.5" x 45"

Featuring the artwork of Archive Members Thomas Belloff, Michael Berbube,
Michael Binkley, Raynes Birkbeck, Bruce Wesley Boyce, Garret Brock,
Brian Buczak, Niccolo Cataldi, Jerry Lee Frost, Christian Grados, Russ Hansen,
Jerry Hooten, Tim Jocelyn, Nancer LeMoins, Fran Lewis, Mark Lida,
Steven Mendelson, Eduardo Mirales and J. Robert Reed.

In the Curatorís Statement:

The pieces in this selection convey an amazing openness and intimacy. A great deal of freedom is evident as well -- a loss of inhibitions and a real intensity in hand and feeling.
As the group came together there was an apparent fluidity and compatibility in the sentiments of the images. They are topics that I am very drawn to in my surroundings, my own work and the work of others -- clearly being that of land, animals, our relationship to the two, and a spirituality that can be gained from both and has been throughout history.

The extreme form of the animal-human hybrid is represented here as well -- in the way of fantastical creatures and costume-zoomorphic masks and headdresses. As a result there is a mythic, totemic, and ceremonial quality to many of these pieces, as if they are guides. We anthropomorphize them too -- the baby eagles, the dancing zebras, and the lion monkey. The thoughtful owls, watching fish, and soft swan offer a potential companionship, a sensitivity. They create their own worlds that we can access. The quality of escape, quiet, and the comfort of land -- of nature -- makes our entry that much more satisfying.

b i o g r a p h y

Allison Hawkins was born in Ohio in 1978. She now lives in Brooklyn and makes her drawings there as well. She is represented by The Proposition Gallery. Allison is Program Director at The Joan Mitchell Foundation, where she provides support to their grant opportunities for artists.

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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