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Little Blue Box, 2013 Photograph 8" X 10" © Charlotte Chene
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Crotch After Patrick Caulfield, 2012 Acrylic Yacht Varnish on Canvas 16" X 20" © Simon Kennedy
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Parisa, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24" X 24" © Kuzana Ogg
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Sex and Violence, 2009 Mixed Media on Canvas 48" X 24" © Kevin Connaughton
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Gene Tierney I, 2009 Print 8" X 10" © Ken Marier
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Gene Tierney II, 2009 Print 8" X 10" © Ken Marier
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Gene Tierney III, 2009 Prrint 8" X 10"
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Inverse Nude , 2009 Photograph on Canvas 36" X 20" © Eric Baillies
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Apneal 3, 2009 Oil and Charcoal on Two Sheets of BFK Reeves Paper 30" X 80" © Tom Robinson
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Apneal 7, 2009 Oil and Charcoal on Two Sheets of BFK Reeves Paper 30" X 80" © Tom Robinson
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Antelope I, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 18" © Thomas Tomek
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Elk II, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 22" X 12" © Thomas Tomek
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Marilyn at Home, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 20" X 30" © Aaron Wooten
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Bettie, Queen of Hearts, 2006 Oil on Canvas Framed in Vintage Nude Playing Cards 30" X 38" © Eric Nye
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Apple, 2010 Mixed Media 9" X 12" © Predrag Djordjevic
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Sex Drive, 2009 Collage on Clayboard With Shadow Box Assemblage, Handmade Papers, Altered Magazine, Painted, Stained Papers, Coffee Ground Papers and Image Transfers 18" X 18" © Laura Lein-Svencner
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Sister Midnight, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 71" © Anita Pettinato
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Obsessions, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 71" (triptych) © Anita Pettinato
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Zebreasts Archival Mixed Media 39.25 X 29.25 © Dimitre
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Always on My Mind, 2011 Digital Photomosaic 18" X 24" © David Springmeyer
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Venus di Americano (altered), 2012 Digital Painting 22" X 30" © Eric Carson
SEX SELLS

1389 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
May 10th, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Opening: May 10th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.J2gallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
North Side
EMAIL:  
support@J2gallery.com
PHONE:  
(773) 227-7900
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon - Sat: 11-8 Sun: 11-7
TAGS:  
photography, mixed-media, digital, conceptual, pop, realism, surrealism, figurative, modern, sculpture
COST:  
FREE

DESCRIPTION

Sex Sells: The Power & Influence of Sexual Imagery is a new group exhibit ,featurimg the work of 32 artists utilizing various mediums including photography, ceramic, painting, and mixed media. 

Sex piques your interest and draws you in, so for the briefest of moments you are open to whatever other material is presented. Just the word ‘sex’ creates curiosity and excitement.  Since as early as the 19th century, sexual imagery has been used as a marketing tool, and its prominence in today’s advertisements has risen to an unforeseen degree. 

When Super Bowl commercials use taglines like “Kate Upton washes the new Mercedes CLA in slow motion,” we can be only too aware of how sexual imagery is used in advertisements.  The creators of the commercial succeeded in capturing the audience’s attention whether they wanted to look at the new Mercedes or not.  Sex Sells: The Power & Influence of Sexual Imagery challenged artists to explore this age-old adage and interpret the effects that it has on visual culture.

Using sex to sell often completely unrelated products was the driving inspiration behind many of the artists’ works.  Several artists comment on the absurdity of certain ad campaigns, while others delve into the media’s use of sex to market celebrities, both in the present day and historically.

Other artists critique the very art market of which they are part and the use of sex to promote art; ironically even in this very show.  The artists question such ideas as the very fine line between porn and art as well as the evolution of figurative work in a sexually driven society. 

When Jackson Junge Gallery solicited artists for sexual imagery, there was no way to predict what sort of submissions would be received.   With such a diverse group of artists, the interpretations of Sex Sells are equally varied.  Each artist tackled the prompt from their own distinct perspective, giving the show a truly unique and multifaceted evaluation of sexual imagery in our world.