NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

The 1310 Gallery at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft is not exactly easy to find. Not a big place with tons of public parking, but more a cozy enclave of working artists. Perhaps it's fitting that the Red Light Art Exhibit's explicit images of male and female genitalia are slightly tucked away. 

"The main thing I want to know is, have these undies been

worn?" I ask my friend who's now holding both our plastic wine cups

as I scribble notes. "And if not, does that make it not art?"

When

we first walked in the gallery was pretty empty but it's starting to

get crowded. I finally find the curator, Laura Marie Peterson, or rather

she finds me. She's a tall woman in heels and I'm short so the vagina

necklace she's wearing is right at my eye level. It's not an artistic

representation of a vagina either. It's anatomically correct in every

way. I'm trying to pay attention to the very important and relevant

information she's giving me, but I've finished my plastic cup of wine by

now and have spent the last hour looking at breasts, vulvas, and

ejaculating penises. All I can think as I write is, "Vagina, vagina,

vagina."

Laura points out the burlesque dancer who's working her

way up the stairs to the third floor for the performance art portion of

the evening as she simultaneously explains that they're trying to work

out a better parking situation. I ask her about the mass of plastic

hangers hooked together in the center of the room with panties dangling

precariously from them.

"Well, this was part of a performance piece."

"These panties been worn?" I really need to know this information.

"Well,

the artist wore them while she did, like, a strip tease, and then she

washed them with that washboard over there and then hung them on the

hangers."

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OK. They've been worn. I feel I can now safely classify this as art. But what was the point of all this?

"It's

about identity and fully accepting yourself," she say and starts

rearranging some of the "interactive art," pictures mounted on magnets.

It's

two faces, intensely close up and mounted on magnets so they can be

rearranged. I find it strangely jarring. After all the impersonal body

parts, the faces, lips, and eyes are intensely intimate, as if now I'm

finally seeing someone's most private parts.

So, yeah, I guess it was art after all.

Oh, and there was a penis cake.

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Stefan Kamph

"In that one he wants it..."


NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Stefan Kamph

...and in that one she wants it," says my companion. Clearly, the inexpensive wine in plastic cups is already working.


NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Stefan Kamph

On the one hand it's hard to know what to expect when someone tells you

that you're going to an art exhibit full of genitalia. On the other

hand, what is there to expect besides genitalia?


Vagina necklaces...

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Breasts under glass...

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Pixilated asses...

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

Drawings of naked female forms being attacked by ejaculating penises...

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

I admit, I'm no aficionado. Seems to me, art needs to be old and/or have received authoritative approval

by being allowed to hang in an illustrious museum. So at exhibits like

this I tend to ask myself one question over and over, "Is this art?"


Still, I can appreciate it -- even in the farthest

reaches of its weirdness.

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

But underwear hanging from plastic hangers in the middle of a room? This isn't Bimini Bay Bar.

NSFW: Red Light Art Exhibit at Sailboat Bend Artists' Loft
Stefan Kamph

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