- Visual Arts
Nudity in art is nothing new, but the marketing of what the body "should look like" is at a new level of infiltration, and it has become easy to lose track of what bodies *actually* look like.What is your previous experience with non-sexualized nakedness?
Living and working in Europe for the past three years, I experienced communal showers, nude beaches, and saunas for the first time, and while I tried not to be voyeuristic, I began to become fascinated with my own curiosity in what the human body looks like when it is not skillfully- shaped by clothing or posed for viewing in the way that is societally prescribed as "most beautiful". In America, and especially in Los Angeles, there are little to no opportunities to see this non-sexualized version of the human form. "naked." is a platform for ourcommunity to start this exploration and ownership of our form through art.
The evening is a two-hour happening. When arriving at The Pico Union Project, (Los Angeles's oldest synagogue), the audience explores an immersive space with an installation created by artist Gina Teichert and a soundscape by SILENTSHOUT. There is also photography by Andrew Grace and illustrations by C.W Moss sharing their exploration of nakedness. After the crowd explores the space, five dancers perform an original dance piece fully nude. This half hour contemporary piece is choreographed with highly-physical movement by artist Corina Kinear to an original score. After the piece, our audience is invited to participate in a conversation about our perceptions of nakedness and the naked form. Each night will close with a naked a.k.a "stripped down" live set by a different Los Angeles or nationally-known band for each of the sixteen shows.
WHY WE NEED YOU: All of the artists involved need to support themselves and compensated for the time and energy they have invested in this work. For this two month long process, our honorariums will total $20,000. For this reason, almost all of your donations will go directly towards payment of our dancers, photographer, visual artists, sound designers, and bands. Any additional money earned beyond our funding goals will go towards better artist compensation and continued development for subsequent performances.We need your help to create this type of research-based art that reaches a diverse audience in our community, so a sincere thanks to you. Art does not exist without you.