THE NUDE IN MINNESOTA

Seven photographers will present their visions of the artistic nude in a brief group show from Friday, May 2, until Sunday, May 4, at the MPLS PHOTO COOP, 2400 North Second Street, in Minneapolis. All photographers work in Minnesota, ranging from Mankato to Marcell in the far north. They have in common a long-time association with photographing the female nude, and their current and best work will be displayed at “The Nude in Minnesota.” The exhibit will include approximately seventy-five photographs.

Opening reception will be from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., Friday, May 2, at MPLS PHOTO COOP, 2400 North Second Street, in Minneapolis. On Saturday and Sunday the gallery will be open 12 noon until 5 p.m., with a gallery talk by participating photographers at 2 p.m. each day.

“The Nude in Minnesota” is subtitled “A Flash Photo Show” to emphasize the show’s very short duration. Most gallery shows are presented for a month or even longer. Gallery visitors interested in viewing this show’s contents will have a mere three days to do so. This format not only concentrates attendance, but should increase interaction with the artists throughout the show’s duration.

Work includes Henry Czuprinski’s stylish, near-glamour photos (Minneapolis); Stephen Haynes’s classic artistic nudes (Minneapolis); Todd Jerde’s computer-generated images in a fantasy style (West St. Paul); Mona Ruff-Saer’s hyper-realistic black & white nude portraits (Mankato); Matthew Scherfenberg’s romantic, innovatively posed and lit photographs (Robinsdale); David Swanson’s idyllic Northern Minnesota woodland and water-sited anonymous figures (Marcell); and Pat Thielen’s lyrical in-nature and on-location work (New Brighton). Each photographer has chosen his or her own display mode, with some opting for fully-matted and -framed prints and others for bare prints simply displayed. Print sizes will generally range from 11”x14” to 20”x30”, and will be in color, black & white, and toned black & white. Because of the show’s brevity, participating photographers have been encouraged to emphasize current work informally presented.

Interested media representatives should contact Stephen Haynes at haynesmn@ix.netcom.com with any questions or for more information. Media representatives may preview the show’s contents via a webpage to be made available on approximately April 28 and will be invited to visit the show before its opening, on Thursday afternoon, May 1.