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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 10 - October 16, 2009
Chicago, IL

The Leather Archives & Museum
presents:
Under Orders:
Objects of Authority

Opening Reception: April 10, 2009, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
$5 admission for non-members

Works by Kelly Courtney.

Artist Biography

Artists, like the rest of humanity, are like little gods. They create objects from thin air. Choosing the materials, selecting the medium, caressing their image into reality and into form, each step of the journey the artist is making choices both consciously and subconsciously bringing to life that which they see in their mind’s eye. Once the object is complete, the artist then looses control of that image as it becomes unleashed into the larger world and interacted with by a wider audience.

What happens when we relinquish that control during the creation process and become mere tools for another’s vision? Does the integrity of the work suffer? Are we frustrated by a lack of command over what the art will look like? It’s hard enough for an artist to let a piece go after completion much like sending a child away to school for the first day. This show is an exercise in letting go of that control from the beginning.

After getting to know each other and with a burgeoning dominant/submissive relationship unfolding, I consented to be told what images to work on by Sir Dan Perry of Dallas. Having knowledge of my artistic style and craft, he would provide the inspiration by either a phrase or an actual photo to work from and I would set out to make it in my own unique way. After the piece was finished there would be a presentation of the piece to Sir much like a cat brings a dead bird in its mouth to its owner for approval. It all started out as an experiment, but quickly developed into its own series: Under Orders.


About the LA&M and the G.A.G Contemporary Fetish Gallery

The Leather Archives & Museum is dedicated to the preservation of and access to fetish history and culture. Its eight exhibition spaces are open to the public. The G.A.G. Contemporary Fetish Gallery at the LA&M features works by renowned and emerging fetish artists from around the world. Curator S.I.R. assembles erotic exhibitions that entice and inspire all patrons from hardcore fetish enthusiasts to the tourist voyeur.

The Leather Archives & Museum
Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday from 11 AM - 7 PM Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 5 PM
Free admission for members $5.00 for nonmembers
6418 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL, 60626 Map
773.761.9200
Leather Archives & Museum Website

Kelly Courtney Website

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