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Old 05-04-2005, 10:03 PM
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Question ...a question about nudity

I would like some opinions from members about the subject of nudity on this forum. A few months ago I created a life-size sculpture by body casting a model. I created a web page showing the model and some of the casting process from the beginning to finish with text which was slightly embellished for prospective buyers. I received the models permission to use the photos on eBay which I cropped to conceal her identity.
I have since decided not to link or show nudity on any of my websites because of the important volunteer work that I have been doing with Sunnybrooke Farms Animal Rescue and the linked website I created for them to help find homes for abandoned animals. Also the Missing And Exploited Children’s banner I feature at the top of my Village Art Gallery website brings minors to my website.
I thought the photos and info might be of interest and appreciated here, but I certainly would not do so without asking first.
The sculpture I’m referring to is titled “Deco Diva” and I’m going to post a partial photo of her.
I hope I am not perceived as making too much of this. Give me some feedback.
I have been browsing the forum and the artist’s websites and I am amazed by the varied and spectacular creativity.
Bob
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:03 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Hi Bob, I would feel offended if I knew that people were censoring their own posts or being censored. I feel that a good art site needs to be extremely open to all ideas. As artists we tend to express ideas both in writing and in 2/3D visual works, so we should never be afraid of posting images of our work.

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Old 05-05-2005, 12:36 AM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Basically I see this forum as a place where sculptors meet and discuss topics that are relevant to their work free of commercialism, pornography, recruiters and profanity.

If you wish to post a work that contains explicit nudity, post it as a link with a clear indication that the link contains nudity. That will allow people to look if they are not bothered by such images and also allow continuing discussions.
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Old 05-05-2005, 09:15 AM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Hi! Ari, Posting photos of the sculpture was not my concern. Posting photos of the model was more of what the question was about. To post or not to post photos is unimportant. I think the question and discussion is far more interesting and important. I self-censor myself all of the time, but I would not allow anyone else to do it for me. I did a lot of art shows in your area (Boca Raton) in the 80's and never had a problem with art show or city officials, but a lot of Florida is not so enlightened. Bob

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Old 05-05-2005, 10:21 AM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Hi! lostNYC, You will find that there are more than two kinds of people on this planet...but that's another discussion. Thanks for your energetic reply. I have battled newspapers, politicians, church groups and self-appointed moralists for years. I will again take up the sword when necessary. I just choose my windmills a little more carefully than I used to. Thanks, Bob
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:38 AM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Hi Russ, Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, a small percentage of my work contains nudity. In my gallery I have a separate room for those pieces. That gives people the choice to go there or not. Bob
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Old 05-05-2005, 01:23 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Just as Russ suggested, this page about Manet's Olympia contains a link to
instead of the actual image on the page, which allows for the choice to view.
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Old 05-05-2005, 05:53 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity...and statuary

figurative sculpture----defined as sculpture of a human without clothing
ain't
nudity

and

most people like figurative sculpture

all censorship is inherently evil, backward and dishonest

6 years ago, I mounted ISIS on my truck and have had thousands of positive responses and a couple complaints

I find the prudish tendency to hide figurative works for fear of others responses and "to protect the children" silly and stupid----------from my experience, children just don't care about whether a statue is clothed or natural...... I suspect that this is as it should be.

here's ISIS
from the take the art to the people project

however------posting pictures of the nude model is a whole 'nuther ballgame
and it ain't sculpture

cool?
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:12 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

once a cop pulled over where I was stopped.........
he wanted to take pictures
once one stopped in a mall to relay a complaint----we talked about art and the bill of rights and he said he liked it

people love it--------thousands of thumbs up, hundreds of photographers, and an occasional shouted----"that's f--king awesome man"

and a few invitations to show in galleries and a commission

and

I'm a tad on the shy side, and would almost never engage a stranger in conversation.........having ISIS along for the ride is like having a gregarious traveling companion-----she gets folks to introduce themselves and start conversations....it's enlightening and helps control my misanthropic tendencies.

all in all---------I shoulda done this 20 years ago

.....more at nudity....
..recently, the gallery did an erotic show---wherein, many people wore costumes consisting of only body paint, and a few went naked-------I went-----as I walked through the door, I was shocked to find myself in a room wherein were a wall to wall croud, and several naked people----I was a tad shocked, and a tad shy about where my eyes were wandering------felt a bit voyeristic(sp?)
also, models were standing, statue-like on pedestals----in retrospect, had i known what was going to be----I'd have gone early and helped with the body painting, and also painted the copy of LYNN which was in the show.....

'nuff hooky
back to gardening...transplanted tomatoes and peppers broccoli--planted coriander,corn beans gourds----maybe get cabbage and mellons in yet today

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Old 05-06-2005, 09:21 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Nudity has been an inspiration for artist,2/d and 3/d,sence man first chiseled a figure in a rock,or painted a fat lady lounged on the sofa.Botero comes to mind.Anybody affended by a nude form needs to see a Mapelthorp exhibit,that will give them a "rise".
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Old 05-08-2005, 12:58 PM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

I think that the question of nudity is a cultural one and it is only polite to respect the cultural norms of the society that you are in. I am quite open with my sculptures (which are all nudes) in Europe and try to be more careful not to offend in Canada and the US, although I find these cultures to be very tolerant. I am very careful in Asia as most of the time it is considered in poor taste. I think that editing a photo on a public site is polite and having a corresponding link allows the viewer to choose. I shall follow this wise counsel in the future, but I do try to limit the “exposure” somewhat as the last thing that I wish to do with my art is to offend.
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:27 AM
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Re: ...a question about nudity

Hi, Only in this great country of ours is there a problem with nudity.
I got quite a laugh out of lostNYC's 1st post on this thread, that was good!
like you said, we've all got either one or the other, born with 'em as a matter of fact and NO one absolutely NO ONE should be ashamed of what they've got.
I go to nude beaches, no one gawks except the people with bathing suits ON.
None of this has anything to do with ART! A sculpture of a nude is not a naked person, IT IS A SCULPTURE!
YEAH, Go see a Rob't. Mappelthorpe show (I went to H.S. with him in NY) if you're prudish, easily offended and like to complain about what you consider pornographic material. Personally, I think he is a great photographer.
Have a great day,
Jeff
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