February 1 - 28, 2006

Visual AIDS and The Body

Nineteen Penises
A Web Gallery Curated by David Humphrey

Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Girly-Boy, 1999
Michael Mitchell
tempera wash, 19.5" x 25.5"

Featuring the work David B. Abbott, Michael Berube, Raynes Birkbeck, Michael Harwood, Jerry Hooten, Gregory Maskwa, Tim McCarron, Michael Mitchell, John Morrison, Berni Ortiz, Alfred Santiago, Rene Santos, Tom Shooter, and Richard Treitner.

In the Curatorís Statement:

"The names spread across many cultures: Wang, Dong, Schlong, Dick, Peter, Willie, Johnson or Rod. Some names have punch, like Schmuck, Prick, Pecker and Cock. Others bust out with spicy associations, like Wiener Schnitzel, Pink Torpedo, Bald Monkey or Weeping Jesus. We will never finish the task of renaming the penis, because we can never finish the task of understanding it.

"From the possessor's point of view the penis is a double agent, both one's own and separate, private and public, a tool and independent agent. It can be a source of embarrassment or pride, vulnerability or power. A penis is the little part that preoccupies; its incessant reproportioning attracts disproportionate attention. It is a shape-shifting troublemaker.

"Artists and non-artists alike have been depicting the penis for much of recorded time, in spite of the confusing and sometimes ferocious prohibition against its representation. This selection of artworks from the Frank Moore Archive Project charts a circuitous itinerary through the vast continent of penis. Some of the members included here have been fashioned by hand, others are documented photographically, and all were emphatically made to be looked at. Whether the artist's purpose was to arouse, protest, explain or provoke, each work testifies to an irrepressible desire to look at what we've been told over and over should not be seen in public."

David Humphrey is an artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. where he will be having a two-person show with Jeff Gaunt in February 2006. He will also be having a solo exhibition later that month at Triple Candie in Harlem. He has curated many exhibitions including Life and Limb at Feigen Contemporary, NY, When I Think About You I Touch Myself at the New York Academy of Art, Tricky Adios, Hello to Handmade Words at KS Art, NY, and Normotic at One Great Jones, NY.

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

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