Jennifer Bardot & Alia Funaro

Photographers

Women have it rough. With female sexuality not even fully acknowledged
in the Western world until the beginning of the 20th century, women have had a difficult journey to understand and to be in charge of themselves as sequel beings. Women's sexuality remains an
under-explored frontier, despite being sporadically fleshed out in a
whispered national discourse that included such monumental oeuvres as
'The Kinsey Report' , Playboy Publications and perhaps the work of
Gloria Steinem.

Jennifer Bardot and Alia Funaro, two artist inhabitants of smart phone cyber trysting, take a brave new look at this phenomenon as expressed in these highly personal, frankly intimate, nude self-portraits shot
through the artist's camera phones. Funaro's portraits are demure and
reflective. Bardot's bold images are pictorially graphic. Together, they complement and contrast two antipodes of 21st century female sexuality.

To present their work as a formal gallery exhibition, the artists and
curator have rendered, the works-sized unilaterally, printed on black
and white metallic paper, and embedded in plexiglass. The result is a
luminous presentation of 14 uberglossy, jewel-like pieces. They are
totems of a new, dominant technology the artists use to visually
contemplate and process their body images for cyber distribution --
they are markers of contemporary sexuality.

- Phil Tarley, Curator, ARtist's Corner GAllery & Bookmaking
April 2013

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Jennifer Bardot

As a sophisticated thirty-something
living in an increasingly
twenty-something world,
I was no stranger to the phrase
"send me a pic."
However, it never once occurred to me
it would ever become
a part of my story.
After all, I was a high-end
boudoir photographer,
literally manufacturing and selling
titillation for a living.

The sting of humiliation
was rapidly following
by utter and complete anxiety.
Normally I had a 5,500 square foot studio and a small army of magicians
to help me produce sexy.
How on earth was I supposed
to make it happen by myself?
Armed with only my iPhone
and my damaged pride,
I embarked on a journey to find out.

What initially started as a somewhat reluctant at to please someone else, rapidly became a love affair for one.
I would marvel at the brash
unapologetic ripeness,
the riot of curves,
and the endless lines
of the body that houses my soul.
In doing so I discovered one simple
truth….

 


Alia Funaro


I am fascinated
by the ephemeral nature of relationships,
My story started
when I got the first message.
Send me a pic.
It seemed like an innocent request.
Forty minutes later, I sent a photo
that I hoped would arouse the receiver
of my text. I waited patiently for what
seemed like an eternity for a return message. I wanted to know that my
photo was liked, that I was and I am hot, that I was desired.

The creative process began.
The limitations presented themselves.
How could I push these nude portraits
even further?

A male friend intrigued and aroused
by the thoughts of other men
seeing my pics,
offered to shoot a few sexy photos
of me on the spot.
Then I got another message from my boy. "Send me a photo"

As I let me friend take my pictures.
As I directed him,
how to shoot me, a certain sadness began. I saw a disconnect with intimacy.
I began to realize that been though
I have always been comfortable
with my sexuality,
I wasn't completely comfortable
with this lack of intimacy
that digital communication
had taken in its place.
These "sexy" moments should be done
in person, remembered by the mind's eye instead of sent on the phone or in an email. Sent out into space where
who knows who will see it.
I wasn't embarrassed or afraid,
it was just something of
putting myself out there and not knowing where I was going.

 

 

 

 

 

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