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Romanticism & Eroticism at RVA First Friday
By Quail Bell Social Butterfly
Tomorrow is the last Richmond First Friday of the VCU academic year. And then River City clears out, yielding to a slower pace of Belle Isle rock-hoppin' and PBR sippin'. We'll never stop trumpeting Richmond, Virginia—the birthplace of Quail Bell Magazine—but with both our editor and art director packing up and moving to Washington, D.C. just about now, this feels like the end to Quail Bell's Richmond chapter. Our 'farewell RVA' show pick? Original Beauty: Portraits and Fallen Pastorals. From the press release:
Corporate & Museum Frame is excited to present Original Beauty: Portraits and Fallen Pastorals by Richmond-based artists, Joseph Johnson and Spencer L. Turner, which use traditional tropes related to beauty to explore race, media culture and the erotic. Johnson's photos, taken ten years ago, feature several nude African American women in classic poses of beauty. His lens, both direct and sympathetic, ties his models into a centuries-long dialogue about the nature of aesthetics and the cultural filters that can obscure and pervert our sensibilities.
Turner's work explores the distortions created by the nature of our hyper visual media culture and the struggle to create meaning in a time of such cultural upheaval. Couched in the language of Romanticism and referencing a famous literary relationship of influence between John Milton and William Blake, Turner's photo montages challenge viewers to critique the way in which they consume information and suggest a reassessment of values in the post-internet age.
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