|VOL 7 ISSUE 2||February 2004|
Yes, it's that time again for the annual Exotic Art Show at the downtown Phoenix art gallery named the Alwun House. This was my fourth year of staging a body painting exhibition and demonstration in the basement of this historic building. Again this year hundreds of art lovers of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes waded through the packed house to see the stuff that you just don't get to see in most galleries.
So what is all of the hype about Janet? Well, a little over two weeks before this event, a certain Justin Timberlake ripped the cup off of the bustier of a certain Janet Jackson during the halftime "festivities". Everybody has heard the rest of the story and seen the pictures of Ms. Jackson's pierced nipple and it's sunburst medallion. I was kicking around ideas of what to paint and I couldn't resist the temptation. I asked model Dale O if she would be interested in being painted as Jackson for the event and the rest is history.
Speaking of Janets, the other model who I had been planning to work with since last year's event was Janet Morrison-Eisner. She was very passionate about being painted with one of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and we chose Starry Night. My third model for the night was a volunteer from the audience named Laura Woodhouse. Her painting was an impromptu sword and dragon montage that recieved press from the New Times magazine. For the full story on the event, go to http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/alwunhouse/21/exotic2004.htm . Oh, and by the way, there was one more Janet Jackson painting that I displayed at the Alwun House...
With less than a week to go before the event, I scrambled to complete this project to be displayed at the Exotic Art Show in conjunction with my living bodypainted version. This started out as a plain white plasterer statue that was actually molded from a live model. This process is called lifecasting and it is a very specialized art form. A fellow Phoenician named Byur Gullwing made this casting for me and I "bodypainted" it. This was the second collaboration that we have worked on, the first being the Ancient Egyptian lifecast that we entered in last year's Exotic Art Show. For the full story, go to my new lifecasting page at http://www.futureclassx.com/lifecasts/lifecasts.htm and to see more of Byur Gullwing's work, go to http://www.lifecastaz.com .
There is an event coming up next month at the Wildhorse Ranch in Gilbert called Girls! Girls! Girls! Wildhorse is a rescue ranch for horses that need homes, but president Kimberly Meagher is very supportive of the arts and has dedicated some of the facility to being an art gallery. The Girls! Girls! Girls! event is an art show that features women in the artwork and/or women artists. I have volunteered to do a live bodypainting demonstration at the event and I have also created a bodypainting image for the non-profit organization to use as a poster for the event.
Photographer O'D and models Brooke Black, Shanelle Steele, and Heather Keckler also donated their talents to making the image above. I created the font and wrote out the phrase made famous by Elvis Presley (or Motley Crue, depending on your age) on the backs of the models. There will be more pictures from this shoot on-line next month after the event which takes place on the evening of March 27th. Come on out and support the arts. For more information about the place, go to http://www.mudpony.com .
- Check out the new issue of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. It again features bodypaintings by Joanne Gair, the most famous bodypainter of them all. Spike TV is also airing the show documenting the making of the 40th Anniversary issue. Painted models include Marisa Miller (pictured above), Bridget Hall, Jessica White, Noemie Lenoir, and Melissa Keller.
copyright 2004, Mark Greenawalt
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