Wartburg College’s Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery exhibit “Sexy/OFFENDER” opened Jan. 9 and exhibits artwork from Byron Anway and Ben Moore, Johanna Kramer-Weston, Gallery Director and Exhibitions manager said.
Kramer-Weston said the two collaborated for the exhibit because they share a fascination of classical portraiture in the age of Facebook, Snapchat and selfies. She said they pull their inspiration from magazines, criminal mugshots and media websites.
“All portraits are handled with the same beauty and attention, causing the viewer to question who is the deviant, who is the social media star and who is the average Joe,” Kramer-Weston said.
Anway said the two decided to collaborate after discussing with each other different projects they were working on.
Moore was working on mug shots and Anway was toying with the idea of making portraits of registered sex offenders. Full Article
Related: Artist Website We are based out of Middle America. We mash online image-based culture and 18th century French portraiture. Where youthful indiscretion dabbles in deviance, and the world of online dating meets the world of online police registries, Sexy/OFFENDER is there.