Appreciators of the annual Autostraddle Calendar: have you ever wished that you could see images from said calendar all giant on the walls of an Actual Gallery? Have you hoped, as well, to do so in the company of other appreciators and practitioners of fine arts, including Autostraddle’s own Robin Roemer? On top of all of this would you also like to have a really great time and support a really great cause? You can do all this and more at Fotosensori, a “multi-dimensional photographic show” in Los Angeles celebrating the five senses and the local scene.
Robin will be exhibiting photos from the 2013 Calendar Girls shoot, which, as we all remember, occurred on a magical black and white beach:
“For this particular series, I sought to capture images that would reflect the subjects’ feelings of freedom and comfort in their own skin. I was particularly interested in natural, uninhibited moments. I chose a simple expanse of sand and water where the horizon line is sometimes indistinguishable, which was the perfect setting for a very personal and focused look at each of these extraordinary women, among them a Miss California pageant contestant and a former Olympian.
Touch comes into play in this series as the models physically interact with each other and their surroundings. Cold water and the feel of rough sand come uncomfortably in contact with the subjects, contrasted with magnetic attractions and budding friendships that bring bodies closer together. I loved coming away from this shoot knowing that many of this women are now friends, and I hope these images reflect that bond.”
The show also features work by nine other photographers, five different musical acts, cupcakes, and dumplings. This mashup of amazing things happens for one night only (Saturday, June 1st!) from 6 PM to midnight at Monk Space, a historic warehouse space and gallery in Los Angeles. Part of the profits from purchased prints, as well as a $20 suggested donation, will go to Free Arts for Abused Children, a national organization that provides art therapy to neglected and impoverished kids. People who are going should connect on the Facebook event page! And if you can’t make it, but would still like to support Robin’s work, go here to cast your vote for a familiar face in PDN’s Faces Portrait Photography Contest.
go robin, go! fyi incase anyone is on the fence about going, i saw robin’s calendar girl show in new york and it was INCREDIBLE. if you think the photos look good on your screen, wait until you see them in person. super envious of you west coasters right about now!
“It’s the ‘Straddliest art show ever!” is the best subheading ever. Hands down.
How do people get into the autostraddle calendar? Like, what mysterious magic happens that creates this beautiful thing?