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The Nude as Art 

When: Fri., April 13 2012
Phone: 216-965-9064
Price: Free
www.kivinphotography.com
Photographer Kivin Bauzo wants to reclaim the nude body for art. “Pornography and the exploitation of sex give people the wrong mentality. I want to tell people, ‘No’,” says the Cleveland artist. His reclamation of the human form is achieved by way of 20 poetic photos that just so happen to make use of nudity as symbolism. Bauzo says he tried to celebrate the perfection of all body types and sizes. But the friends and models who were willing to participate skewed young and trim. Even so, through Bauzo’s eye, their nudity projects innocence. A cadre of friends is shot from above resting or meditating on a spiral staircase; a handsome angel luxuriates in autumn leaves; mimes in nothing but face-paint emote from inside a greenhouse. There is something dreamy, and sometimes spiritual, about the set. To further underline the harmlessness of his images, Bauzo is showcasing them in the private residence in Ohio City. “I wanted to be able to show people that these photographs can be in an atmosphere of a home rather than the environment of a gallery,” Bauzo says. The open house takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday April 13. It’s free and open to the public at 1517 West 32nd St. in Ohio City.
— Joseph Clark

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