(PRWEB) May 9, 2005
The human hip may be a marvel of engineering, but in the eyes of photographer Patrick Roddie itÂs 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 RoddieÂs 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 subjectÂthe right hip of someone attending the Burning Man festivalÂbut 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, ÂIn 2001, while photographing a woman in a lime-green Tinkerbell dress, I stumbled upon what I recognized as a powerful, yet beautiful compositionÂher right hipÂ sixteen hundred hips later, I felt I probably had enough for a book.Â
Each photo is spontaneous: Roddie shoots his subjects where he finds them, lit only by the scorching desert sun. He doesnÂt retouch the photos, doesnÂt crop them, doesnÂt even use a tripod. ÂEveryoneÂs got a belly button and a right handÂthose are my reference points.Â 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? ÂI like them all,Â he says.
HIPS runs from May 18 Â May 22, 2005. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 21st, 4 Â 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 Â Friday 11 am Â 8 pm, Saturday + Sunday 11 am Â 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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