Summer is here and with it comes Sidetracked Studio's second annual exhibition of fine-art erotica entitled For Your Eyes Only. Opening Saturday, July 9th, and running through Saturday, August 27th, For Your Eyes Only brings together artists who regularly deal with sexuality in work and those eager to tackle it for the first time. 

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the word erotic derives from Greek ertikos — sexual love: it arouses and excites sexual desire or excitement. 
This definition is still accepted today and while erotica is by definition different than pornography it can also include it. The aim of “For Your Eyes Only” is to embrace the myriad of differences in sex, sexuality, and gender by showing a diverse range of work celebrating the humor, desire, lust, pornography, body image, identity, and love that all fall under our definition of erotica.
- Lauren and Rory Coyne, taken from the press release. 

Participating artists include Chris Riccardo, Elizabeth Claire, Harry Sudman, Jason McPhillips, Josh Rogers, Kelis Houlihan, Lauren Levato Coyne, Melissa Lee, Menton3, Michael Popilek, Michele Doll, Nadine Robbins, Reuben Negron, Rory Coyne, Thomas Wharton, Tyler Krasowski, Vanessa Walsh, Vic Selbach, Whistlemag, and Zane York.

I will be including three of my newest drawings from Dirty Dirty Love, an ongoing series that explores sexuality and identity through the real-life experiences of the models depicted. Please click on the images below to views the drawings in detail. For more information about these pieces please feel free to contact Lauren or Rory at SideTracked Studio: info@sidetrackedstudio.com.

Chris and Mario: Embrace Color Study
Graphite and watercolor on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

Chris and Mario: Embrace I
Graphite on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

Chris and Mario: Embrace II
Graphite on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Sidetracked Studio
707 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Opening Reception - Saturday, July 9, 6 – 9 p.m. 
Exhibition continues through July August 27, 2016

Beverages provided by New Holland Brewing Co.

 
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AuthorReuben Negron

I grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and filling my sketchbooks with rough imitations of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo art. I lived on a healthy diet of fantasy novels and dreamed of becoming an illustrator worthy of my idols. Life took me down a different path but recently I was able to relive my childhood aspirations when I agreed to contribute two pieces to Spoke Art's upcoming Lord of the Thrones group show.

Lord of the Thrones is an art show tribute to the legendary works of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by over 60 international artists, Spoke Art has organized a "dazzling display of character portraits, elaborate environments and iconic themes and motifs from both series." My contributions (seen above) depict two iconic "bad guys" from the film and television adaptations of both series. On the left is The Night's King (Game of Thrones), the leader of the White Walkers, created by the Children of the Forest to fight the First Men. On the right is Lurtz (Lord of the Rings), the leader of the fighting Uruk-hai scouts responsible for the death of Boromir and capture of Pippin and Merry. Both watercolors are small, measuring 6"x9" (15.25x23cm) each and matted and framed in dark gray and deep brown. 

Lord of the Thrones opens tonight, Thursday, June 2nd, in San Francisco. The opening reception is from 6-10pm and will remain on view through Saturday, June 25th. More information about these pieces or others from the show can be found HERE, or by contacting Spoke Art directly, HERE

Other participating artists include: Stuart Whitton, Bruce White, Justin VanGenderen, Geoff Trapp, Maria Suarez-Inclan, Deangus, Meghan Stratman, Nick Stokes, Paul Shipper, Fernando Reza, Allison Reimold, Rebecca Rose, Michael Ramstead, Rich Pellegrino, Ruel Pascual, Lily Padula, Johannah O’Donnel, Chelsea O’Bryne, Reuben Negron, Joseph Murdach, David Moscati, Guillame Morellec, Zach Meyer, Brighton Metz, PJ McQuade, Jeff McMillian, Kelly McKernan, Kemi Mai, Dave MacDowell, Adam Lister, Nan Lawson, Conor Langton, Caia Koopman, Alex Kirzhner, Tim Jordan, Sarah Joncas, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Jeremy Hush, Primary Hughes, Christine Aria, Justin Hager, Gene Guynn, Sam Gilbey, Monica Garwood, Alex Garant, James Eads, Matt Dye, Emily Dumas, Max Dalton, Rhys Cooper, Michelle Coffee, Tracie Ching, Keith Carter, Sandi Calistro, Adam Caldwell, Joshua Budich, Robert Bowen, Eric Bonhomme, Cory Benhatzel, Oliver Barrett, Derek Ballard, Mia Araujo, Brianna Angelakis, Paul Ainsworth, Bungaloo, Epyon5

I will have three new watercolors on display in Chicago starting next week on the 15th of April. These new pieces will be part of FREAK OUT!!, an art show tribute to the spirit of DISCO. FREAK OUT!!, curated by Didi Menendez of PoetsArtists Magazine and Sergio Gomez of the Zhou B Art Center, brings together work by 50+ artists and poets that express and examine the boldness, liberation, individuality, and decadence that defined the Disco era. The works will include visual arts in various mediums and styles including poetry, painting, drawing, video installation, sculpture, and performance. The exhibition will take place in the 13,000 sq.ft. second floor gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. 

FREAK OUT!! will be on view in Chicago from April 15th to May 14th, 2016. 

The opening reception is open to the public and will be held Friday, April 15th, from 7-10pm.

A catalog of the exhibition is available online HERE

CONTRIBUTORS
Silvio Porzionato
Micahel Van Zeyl
Kip Omolade
Reuben Negron
Matthew Cherry
Nick Ward
Angela Hardy
Nadine Robbins
Jeff Bess
Cesar Conde
Jaime Valero
Victoria Selbach
Daniel Maidman
Daena Title
Pauline Aubey
Erica Elan Ciganek
Elizabeth Claire
Geraldine Rodriguez
Suzy Smith
 


Jan Brandt
Sharon Pomales
Natalie Roseman
Adam Holzrichter
Mike Selbach
Debra Balchen
Lacey Lewis
Melinda Whitmore
John Walker
Jeff Filipski
John Korn
Sonne Hernandez
Steven Da Luz
Patrick Earl Hammie
Debra Livingston
Francien Krieg
Adrian Cox
Dorielle Caimi
Bryce Ramming


Angela Swan
Shana Levenson
Daliah Ammar
Joyce Polance
Omalix
Martin Easley
Tanja Gant
Mary Jones Easley
Katalin Studlik
Christopher Kienke
Nin Andrews
Grace Cavalieri
Ron Androla
Grady Harp
Joshua Gray
Matthew Hittinger
Sara Nordmark
Janice Bond

 

There is a rather frustrating sentiment in contemporary art that realism equates to "antiquated" or "conservative" or worst yet, "derivative." John Seed, writer, curator, and professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California, tends to disagree. He recently penned an article in The Huffington Post entitled, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative, that challenges those prejudiced notions and showcases a group of artists that use realism to push conceptual, thematic and social frontiers. I am honored to be one of those artists featured in the article. 

The social issues that are at the heart of today’s liberal politics — including women’s rights, LGBT issues, racial equality and secular identity — are animating a wide swath of representational paintings. Many are not overtly political, but instead they focus on human dynamics and situations with an emphasis on the power of empathy. Rather than focusing on life’s hardships, like the Social Realism of the early 20th century, today’s Progressive Realists are interest in human identity in the context of social and political constructs. To put it another way, realists have taken on many of the view and projects that have pre-occupied Postmodernists, but do so using time-honored methods and media.
— John Seed, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today’s Realism is Anything But Conservative

Other artists featured in this article include Brad Kunkle, Aleah Chapin, Erin AndersonMilan HrnjazovicSteve LinbergDiana CorvelleKyle HackettJean-Paul Mallozzi, and Matt Ballou.  

Click HERE to read the article in it's entirety. 

I'm happy to announce that my work will be included in the 4th Annual 12X12 exhibit opening tomorrow evening at San Francisco's Gauntlet Gallery. Every year, Gauntlet Gallery, now in partnership with Analog Tattoo Arts Kollectiv, brings together an eclectic collection of art by some 40+ internationally recognized artists. There are no restrictions place on theme, medium or format save for the 12 x 12 inch size constraint. The result is a group show of varied and diverse small works that survey the landscape of new contemporary art. 

The piece I will be showing (above) is the first in a new body of work that will continue to develop over the coming years. I'm excited to have it out in the world as a calling card for things to come as I transition away from the topics explored in This House of Glass and into something far more personal and revealing. 

12X12 opens tomorrow, the 11th of March and runs through the 1st of April. The opening reception will be from 6:30pm - 9:30pm and is open to the public. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or traveling there over the next month I highly recommend checking it out. 

All questions and inquiries can be directed to Luke and Rowan at info@gauntletgallery.com.  

ARTISTS INCLUDE:
Adam Caldwell
Adam Ziskie
Baghead
Beau Stanton
Ben Frost
Brian Batt
Brian Mashburn
Bumblebeelovesyou
Chad Pierce
Chad Wys
Christine Wu
Eric Inkala
Evan Venegas
Frank Gonzales
Horyon Lee
Ian Reynolds
 


Jason Bryant
Jesse Ozar
Jet Martinez
Johnie Thornton
Jose Mertz
Joseph Grazi
Josie Morway
Justin Hagar
Katy Ann Gilmore
Kelly Ording
Kenta Torii
Kieran Collins
Lauren YS
Michael Reeder
Mikael Takacs
Niagara Detroit
 


Sckaro
Pam Glew
Ratur
Reuben Negron
Sasha Ira
Serge Gay Jr.
Sergio Garcia
Ted Lincoln
Tes One
Tracy Piper
Valentin Fischer
Victor Solomon
Wiley Wallace
Yang Cao

 

Last year, in an interview with Metro Asheville, I remarked how eager I was to see how my work would be received once I started showing in North Carolina. Well, it looks I’ll get my chance. I am happy to announce that I will be showing a handful of drawings and paintings, both new and old, from my ongoing series Dirty Dirty Love as part of Erotica Asheville, opening February 26th at The Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville. 

Erotica Asheville is the brainchild of Advocacy Through the Arts, who’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) while creating a platform for thoughtful and considerate conversation about sexuality and sexual responsibility. This year’s event showcases work by eight Asheville-area artists and photographers and is hosted by The Satellite Gallery, located at 55 Broadway St., across the street from the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. The opening is Friday, February 26th, from 7-10pm and will remain on view through the weekend. Donations for WNCAP will be accepted at the door. 

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV. WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention.
 

Advocacy Through the Arts and The Satellite Gallery present
Erotica Asheville
Friday, February 26th
7-10pm
55 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801
Donations for WNCAP accepted at the door

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