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Call For Artists: Jen Deveroux's Nude Photography Show at monOrchid in November (NSFW)

Modern Retro by Tate Hemlock, one of the works that will be featured in November's nude photo show at monOrchid.
Modern Retro by Tate Hemlock, one of the works that will be featured in November's nude photo show at monOrchid.
Courtesy of the Artist

The galleries of Roosevelt Row are certainly no strangers to showing off artsy nude photography. As a matter of fact, stylishly rendered pictures of the naked form have been a regular part the downtown Phoenix art scene mix, whether its scandalous shots leaving little to the imagination or more elegant and evocative works.

Jen Deveroux, however, wants the upcoming nude photography exhibition she's organizing at monOrchid in November to walk the line between these two extremes. As such, the nightlife promoter is seeking to showcase a mix of "high-caliber works" created by local photogs that utilize nudity or carnal imagery but are still within the realm of tastefulness.

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"There's a really fine line with what I'm looking for," she says. "I want some of it to be as provocative and as raw as it can be without being too disgusting, but I still want things to be interesting."

Which means photographs that delve into fetishistic and sensual themes, she explains, as long as they aren't too explicit.

Deveroux, who is known for the typically gonzo or titillating art shows and fashion events she's organized at downtown nightspots in recent years, says the currently untitled exhibition -- which opens on Friday, November 8 -- is "going be very different from previous things I've done." Consequently, she chose to hold the exhibition at an art space like monOrchid instead of at a bar or dance club.

It's the first event Deveroux has organized on Roosevelt Row and is part of a transition towards putting on more gallery-based art events in addition to her nightlife parties.

 

Basking in Mexican Sunlight by John Foley, which will be featured at November's nude photo show at monOrchid
Basking in Mexican Sunlight by John Foley, which will be featured at November's nude photo show at monOrchid
Courtesy of the Artist

"One of the reasons I'm doing it at a gallery is because a club didn't really seem like the sort of proper setting for what I'm hoping to do with this show," she says. "It's definitely going to be a different vibe and a space like monOrchid is more suited for this work or for this sort of event."

Deveroux says she scheduled the exhibition's opening during the week between First and Third Friday in November in order to set it apart from other downtown art events.

"I didn't want to just piggyback it on First or Third Friday," she says. "I wanted it to have its own identity.

As for the sort of works she's seeking for the exhibition, Deveroux intends to feature photographs that have "a certain composition, quality, and aesthetic value" that's similar in content and form to the stylized creations of renowned local photographers like Daveed Benito, John Covington, Tate Hemlock, and John Foley. (All four artists will have pieces in the show.)

In other words, no selfies, Instagram fodder, or something that took the minimum amount of effort.

"We're not really looking for things where somebody pulls out a camera and takes a shot," Deveroux says. "It needs to be stylized and it needs to be above-average quality."

She encourages photographers interested in being featured at the show to send their ideas and concepts ASAP via e-mail to jendeveroux@gmail.com. Deveroux and monOrchid's art program director Justin Germain can offer feedback and approval on ideas before works are sent in. The overall deadline for final submissions is Saturday, October 5. More information can be found via Deveroux's Facebook page.

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