For Immediate Release

On September 17, 1998, I-20 will open it's second season with a new body of photographs by Spencer Tunick. For this exhibition, Tunick travelled for six months across the 50 American states, photographing nudes in public places. Somewhat adrift, he travelled from city to city and to rural locations, searching for Americans who were willing to experience something new.

In the photograph, "South Carolina," two women embrace in front of the Citadel's gates. In an image from August 1997, "Maine," 1,200 people on a U.S. military base near the Canadian border shed their clothes during a concert by the group Phish. All lay prone on an airforce runway. In the resulting image, they are framed by a vast anonymous space, combining elements of performance and sculpture. "Maine" was the largest gathering of people for a conceptual nude photograph ever made.

Tunick's work reaches the viewer with a message of spirituality, exuberance, and drama, while working within the public domain. The thrill of creating under pressure - and breaking past the limitations imposed by regional mores - creates a dynamic tension between the bodies and the outside world.

Spencer Tunick was born in Middletown, New York in 1967. He was educated at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts and lives and works in New York. An illustrated catalogue (No. 7) will accompany this exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: September 17 - October 24, 1998
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm
Contact: I-20 Gallery
529 W. 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 645-1100

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