Fred Lonidier and Martin Soto Climent
Michael Benevento presents a two-artist show juxtaposing the work of California based conceptual photographer Fred Lonidier with Mexico based contemporary artist Martin Soto Climent.
Fred Lonidier’s Girl Watcher Lens, 1972, was inspired by a telephoto lens of the same name. In what Lonidier hoped at the time to be a parody of the object itself, the strategy of “shooting” was to frame womens bodies in whole or in part to provide the visual cues for what the artist later came to know as the “male fetish.” The original print of this work, has not been viewed since Fred Lonidier’s MFA show at UCSD in 1972.
Martin Soto Climent is well known for his gentle manipulation of images and objects charged with erotism. His practice refers to the forms of the body, presenting distortions as a natural consequence of social and historical aspects that influence the creation of identity. The series Gossip, tights twisted within a wooden box, explores the relation between the external shell that we built as a protective appearance and the ethereal substance that we secretly hold as individuals. Every piece exposes a segment of intimacy. Made in a sculptural way, the deep reliefs invite us to peeping in a voyeuristic way into what its clearly delimitated as an intimate territory, allowing us to inhabit this fragile instant of instinctive attraction. The translucent and delicate materials used in these pieces evoke both the female body and the spirit of intimacy.