HIPS: Photographs from Burning Man, at STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco

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The human hip may be a marvel of engineering, but in the eyes of photographer Patrick Roddie itÂ?s a way to capture a bit of the wild, exotic spirit of Burning Man, the annual arts festival held in the Nevada desert. STUDIO Gallery is happy to present a show of photographs by Roddie from his new book HIPS, just published by Chronicle Books. The show runs from May 18th to May 22nd, with a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 21st, 4-8 pm. STUDIO Gallery is located at 1718A Polk Street in San Francisco. Contact the gallery at 415.931.3130 or http://www.STUDIOGallerySF.com for more information.

The human hip may be a marvel of engineering, but in the eyes of photographer Patrick Roddie it’s a way to capture a bit of the wild, exotic spirit of Burning Man, the annual arts festival held in the Nevada desert. STUDIO Gallery is happy to present a show of photographs by Roddie from his new book HIPS, just published by Chronicle Books. The show runs from May 18th to May 22nd; dozens of Roddie’s photos will be on display in the gallery, including some hips not included in the book.

The book contains 250 different photographs of the same subject—the right hip of someone attending the Burning Man festival—but each one is a riot of color, adornment and individuality. Roddie has been attending Burning Man for years, taking photographs and enjoying the celebration. He writes, “In 2001, while photographing a woman in a lime-green Tinkerbell dress, I stumbled upon what I recognized as a powerful, yet beautiful composition—her right hip…sixteen hundred hips later, I felt I probably had enough for a book.”

Each photo is spontaneous: Roddie shoots his subjects where he finds them, lit only by the scorching desert sun. He doesn’t retouch the photos, doesn’t crop them, doesn’t even use a tripod. “Everyone’s got a belly button and a right hand—those are my reference points.” The consistency of the composition allows you to focus on the subjects themselves, and how each has chosen to decorate his or her body: everything from silver body paint to chain mail, from fully clothed to buck-naked. The resulting photographs and book provide a peek into one of the most eclectic art festivals around. And after photographing so many belly buttons, does Roddie prefer innies or outies? “I like them all,” he says.

HIPS runs from May 18 – May 22, 2005. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 21st, 4 – 8 pm; Roddie will speak and sign books and photographs. STUDIO Gallery is located at 1718A Polk Street (between Clay and Washington) in San Francisco. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday + Sunday 11 am – 6 pm, and Monday + Tuesday by appointment. For more information contact the gallery at 415-931-3130 or http://STUDIOGallerySF.com.

About STUDIO Gallery

STUDIO Gallery was founded in 2003 to showcase the work of San Francisco Bay Area artists. The gallery features fine art, crafts and home furnishings.

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