Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen
On January 14th, 2016 from 7-10pm, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is proud to present the book launch and solo exhibition of new unseen works by Erica Simone (born 1985), one of New York’s hottest up-and-coming and controversial fine art photographers. Her acclaimed series, Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, are a surprising collection of images, taken over a six year span, which portray the artist going about everyday life on the busy streets of New York City entirely in the nude. The book, published by Damiani this month, comprises 50 photographs from the series and a special collector’s edition will be available exclusively through the gallery.
“Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen was born out of an initial questioning about clothing and the importance of fashion in modern society. Clothes do so much more than just meet our physical needs. What we wear acts as a silent language, allowing us to convey who we are and want to be to the outside world. Fashion reveals our moods, our social standing and establishes dynamics between people. Nowhere is this more evident than on the streets of this fashion capital we call New York City,” explains the artist, “I wanted to become vulnerable and to create metaphorical images where clothing was no longer a tool for self-expression.”
Seventeen works sponsored by Moab Legion Paper and Uptown Fine Art Printing Studio will be on display through February 14th, 2016. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the charity Beauty For Freedom, whose mission is to raise awareness and to directly help organizations in the fight against human trafficking.