Canyon Road arts fixture Andrea Broyles knows her newest group exhibit might rub some the wrong way.
“I wanted to show artwork that’s not your typical Santa Fe art,” Broyles, who’s at the helm of the 10-artist-strong The Naked Truth, tells SFR. “I want to give artists the chance to show art that is edgier and involves nudity.”
Far from gratuitous T & A, Broyles considers the exhibit’s themes to be “powerful and far-reaching.”
The exhibit ranges from John Tollett’s bare, androgynous figures paired with Shakespearean quotes, to Peter King’s graphic, contemporary take on bathing beauties, to Nita Schwartz’ haunting ceramics.
“These are not just pretty pictures on the wall, but are powerful and profound statements that can be interpreted on many levels,” Broyles, who has two pieces in the show, says. “It is important to show this kind of work and support artists that must tell their stories no matter what.”
She’s aware that shows like this rarely bring a windfall.
“People don’t buy nudes,” she says. “It’s not commercially viable for some galleries. I don’t know why people don’t feel comfortable having something like that in their house.”
The trend, she points out, is part of an ever-present taboo regarding the naked body [see this week's Arts Valve].“Maybe people don’t know what to make of it or process it,” Broyles explains. “You look at fashion magazines and TV…it’s embedded in our culture, but when they see it on a wall, they have to deal with it in a direct way.”
Fine art photographer Jane Rosemont challenges these standardized concepts of beauty. Her self-portrait, “Barbie, Meet Cancer,” came as a response to her altered body after her own bout with breast cancer.
“I’ve accepted it,” Rosemont says. “The interesting concept is what society thinks a woman should look like—and Barbie is the prime example of that—and what’s real.” Shooting the image, Rosemont says, was cathartic. “Do I think it’s important to put it out there? You bet.”
The photog adds that the show’s pieces run “the gamut—from loose ink work to more in-your-face pieces to whimsical, wonderful ceramics.” She echoes Broyles’ view that the exhibit is unlikely to win any popularity contests.
“Anytime that an exhibit shows anything that has to do with the body, you’re gonna push a lot of buttons,” she says. “If you’re squeamish about such things, perhaps you shouldn’t go.”
6-8 pm Friday, April 19. Free.
Studio Broyles, 821 Canyon Road