When I heard last month that Yahoo was buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, my first thought wasnt Why didnt I get into Web developing like founder David Karp? My first thought was Dont take away my erotic art.
Early reports indicate that Yahoo doesnt plan to police erotic and/or nude blogs.
Yes, I like erotic art. Big deal. And if a handful of halfway talented bloggers have time to curate it, all the better.
Defining erotic art is difficult since perceptions of both what is erotic and what is art fluctuate, says Wikipedia. Sounds even trickier than the old I know it when I see it pornography test.
The question is an interesting one whether you prefer to ponder it alone in front of your computer or chat about it with friends and acquaintances over snacks during Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo.
It wasnt even dark yet as the crowd gathered for an opening reception at Steynberg Gallery for the Exposed exhibit that will run through the end of the month.
Gallery owner Peter Steynberg, who also has a piece in the show, calls it a peek at the erotic.
Other artists include Tim Anderson, Joanne B. Ruggles, Steven C. deLugue, Shane Yates, Mark Bryan, Barry Goyette, David Settino Scott, Ani Garrick Tracy Taylor and Josephine Crawford.
Im glad this isnt our first date, said my date while racing past a work featuring the male form toward one of photographer Goyettes female shots.
Paintings, photography, dioramas and an interactive display that allow you to rifle through snapshots offer plenty to stimulate conversation and maybe even titillate. Some works are abstract enough to lose a bit of their erotic edge. Others seem more playful than enticing.
Grab an espresso from the front of the gallery or a beer from the back and discuss.
For something completely different, Steynberg will offer Up in Arms, posters by more than 40 artists and community members on the subject of gun violence, during July. Visit http://upinarmsblog.com for a sneak preview.
In more July news, this years Morro Bay Art in the Park Show is expanding to four days, beginning July 4 and ending July 7. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Morro Bay City Park at Morro Bay Boulevard at Harbor Street. The event featuring art, music and food is sponsored by the Morro Bay Art Association.
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