Matthew Ivan Cherry
72" x 72".oil on canvas
someBODIES depicts random people nude in direct, frontal and confrontational positions to be scrutinized by the viewer in a way that is matter of fact yet greater than or celebratory of, that shouts out and validates what is so unique about each of us, yet so universally shared by all of us. They challenge the notion that what is ideal and/or beautiful is not what Hollywood or magazines convey (or that we buy into)…but rather what nature and life provide. They are not nudes for the voyeur ... yet admittedly acknowledge the fact that they have subjected themselves to be looked at and scrutinized.
The nudes that I create challenge the viewer. They do not wait for the chance of a second glance seen discreetly from the side of one’s glasses. They stand face forward confronting the viewer soliciting more than a casual gaze. They are positioned in a stance that make the viewer the object scrutinized. They stand blatantly aware, amassed together and force the audience to look within while looking at someBODIES.
Decisions of size, scale, vantage point, and positions are the result of my interest to document history, location & time through the nude portrait of people that I meet on the streets, around the world and through social media who are willing to share their bodies and their lives in order for me to document the random beauty which one finds across humanity in direct “titan-sized” portraits.
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