Physique & Technique
The one element that ties together Rembrandt's Lucretia at the MIA (one of the museum's most celebrated pieces), and the Mary Taylor Moore statue downtown (perhaps the least celebrated in town), is that they both depict a human body in motion. Though moving bodies are a frequent subject in art, the role of body movement in the creation of art is less frequently at the forefront. But a piece doesn't just spring forth from the mind of the artist fully formed; it requires, at one point or another, physical work to come into being. Modern and contemporary movements have embraced this in many ways, such as the visceral energy of abstract expressionism, the increased emphasis on craftsmanship and building, and the front-and-center physical presence of performance artists. "Physique & Technique," opening at Altered Esthetics this Saturday, explores the body in motion as both a creator and a subject. The show features pieces by over a dozen artists working in a variety of genres. Michael Bellotti's oil portraits create an almost physical sense of another person's presence, strongly conveying the personality of his subjects. Through the Adam Carter Foundation, he uses this gift to paint memorial portraits of children who have died from cancer, a project that started, like his painting, while he was in prison for drug dealing. Other portrait artists include Chuck Smith, a photographer who focuses on the male form, and Janelle Doyle, whose paintings showcase movement and energy. There will also be work that doesn't feature the body at all, like ceramics by Jennica Kruse, where the physical act of creation is evident. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5, and an artists' discussion at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jul. 13. (Pictured: Michael Bellotti, Molly)
July 5-25, 2013
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