Sybarite Productions, Colors Consulting Group & Trace Magazine present Jonathan Herbert Sex and Surrender The featured exhibit at ArteRoTica Madame X, 94 West Houston Street on Thursday October 15th 7 p.m.
SEX AND SURRENDER, a solo exhibit of limited edition prints by JONATHAN HERBERT will open at Madame X, 94 West Houston Street, on October 15th, from 7pm to midnight.
SEX AND SURRENDER focuses on the erotic nature of power exchange. On view are limited edition prints of paintings of women who are sexually aroused by being tied up.
Says Herbert, “Painting I believe, is prayer; thus my work is the direct, 21st century descendant of the medieval monk’s devotional vocation. Further, my approach to art is based on the understanding that the role of the artist is similar to that of the shaman in primitive societies. It is our calling to go where the rest of the tribe cannot, bring back the experience of those difficult spiritual realms and translate it for general consumption. For example I, a member of a necrophobic society, immerse myself in my wife’s journey into death; the paintings that result are gut-wrenchingly powerful and deep, but ever so more gentle than “that good night” which claimed her. Alternatively, in a society conflicted about sexuality, I fan the flames of my libido and pour that energy and experience onto canvas and paper. I see beauty in desolate city streets and agony in a rose opening under a twilit sky.
The trinity of sex, death and redemption are the themes I explore in my art.”
Jonathan Herbert grew up in a house in which the walls were covered with paintings, drawings, and Japanese prints. He was a Museum of Modern Art regular from infancy, and has been an artist for forty years. Since 2003 he has worked in a studio in the Fulton Ferry area of Brooklyn. It is obvious to even the casual viewer that Herbert has an abiding love affair with paint, the substance; like the alchemists, he works in a pre-scientific, pre-technological, approximate and mysterious world. Herbert graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His website is http://www.jonathanherbert.com/.
Curated by Alaric Campbell, ArteRoTica exhibits monthly the works of carefully chosen, New York artists whose work explores erotic themes. Taking place at Madame X, at 94 West Houston Street, in the heart of New York’s West Village, the event features displays of erotic art – fine art, photography, and performance art.