This summer, Gary Marotta Fine Art will show four exhibitions that bring together vastly different worlds under one roof. The artwork of Cara De Angelis, which explores attention and sexual desire in the internet age; the photographs of Milton H. Greene, who captured the life of Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s; paintings by Laura Klimenchenko, abstract and ethereal works in oil and acrylic; and photography by Ruben Natal-San Miguel.
Opening first is De Angelis and her study of X-rated human forms. According to her artist statement, she pulls models from anonymous images posted on the internet from people whose “hard-wired animal hunger for attention is groomed, fed, and becomes addictive.”
“The behavior has always existed, but the vast amount of opportunities and easy access to an audience has not,” said De Angelis on the tendency for people to post indiscriminately on the internet. “It used to take a lot more effort than snapping a photo/video — with the cameraphone that’s basically an appendage of our body – and uploading it for the world to view. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, but it does seem potentially consequential and dangerous for some.”