Art Square New York is a virtual gallery that recently had a call for art under the topic of "Body Revealed." I can rarely resist applying to contests and exhibitions on a figurative theme, even if they're online! And in this case, two of the three photos I submitted were accepted for "exhibition."
The exhibit opened last week, on March 10, and runs through April 10. Here's the description of the exhibit:
Welcome to our photo exhibition, where we invite you to explore the beauty and complexity of the human body through the eyes of talented photographers from around the world. Our theme, "Body Revealed", encompasses the diversity of the human form, from the youthful exuberance of curves to the wisdom etched in the lines of age. We invite photographers to submit their most striking and thought-provoking images, whether they be candid, defiant, modest, naked, or hidden. We welcome submissions in both black and white and color, and look forward to seeing how each photographer chooses to interpret the theme of "Body Revealed" through their unique perspective. This is a great opportunity for photographers to showcase their work and be a part of a dynamic and exciting exhibition. So, we encourage you to take a moment to explore your creative side and submit your best shots today. Join us on this visual exploration of the human body and be a part of this unique and meaningful exhibition.
Included in this exhibit: "Gothic Sundial," featuring Psychopomp in Seattle in October 2012; and "Skinny Dipper," featuring Dolly Mattel at Upper Crystal Lake in Mount Rainier National Park in September 2021.
The cool thing about this exhibit is that it is displayed online as if it were in a physical space, with the photos on the wall and the ability to move through the space using the arrow keys on your keyboard. The only thing that would be cooler is if they actually had a virtual reality option that you could walk through using a VR headset. I suppose that'll be the next innovation, and I'm totally down for it. I so seldom get to go see my photos in person, when they're exhibited in Illinois or Florida, and rarely do the galleries even send me photos of my work in situ, so even seeing my images in a virtual space is nice. It would be even nicer to see people moving through the space enjoying the photos (see: VR above)!
Along with the virtual exhibit, the photos of "Body Revealed" are also available as a book (or magazine/catalog, I'm not certain which, probably the latter). You can buy a copy, or preview it online. It's only $29, not exactly cheap, but inexpensive in comparison to the Dodho book, so I might actually spring for a copy. I do think that the quality is a little lower than Dodho as well, both in the publication and in the overall quality of the images included, though they're pretty good. My favorite -- the one that made my catch my breath and say "I want to make a photo like that!" -- was the image titled "Alisa" by Ken Lorenz, on page 27 of the catalog. Or, of course, on the wall of the "gallery." I wish I could find him online, I'd like to see more of his work. But unfortunately the gallery doesn't link to his website or social media, and I can't find him. It occurs to me that people who like my photos might have equal trouble finding me...
In any case, go check out "Body Revealed" while it's online!