A peek at the erotic at Steynberg Gallery

Through the end of the month at SLO’s Steynberg Gallery, Exposed features enticing art and photos

Special to The TribuneJune 24, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Exposed

    Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Show runs through June

    Where: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo

    Contact: 547-0278

When I heard last month that Yahoo was buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, my first thought wasn’t “Why didn’t I get into Web developing like founder David Karp?” My first thought was “Don’t take away my erotic art.”

Early reports indicate that Yahoo doesn’t 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 wasn’t 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.

“I’m glad this isn’t our first date,” said my date while racing past a work featuring the male form toward one of photographer Goyette’s 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 year’s 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.

Reach Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@ yahoo.com.

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