Suellen Hozman's hot new art show Flesh Tones will open this Sunday, June 5th at Absolute Gallery in Old Town, coinciding with the First Sunday Gallery Walk from noon-5p.m.
Flesh Tones is a photographic and narrative celebration of flesh colors and flesh decorations. According to a description of the show Hozman provided, "The art and educational show Flesh Tones will not differentiate between someone with freckles and someone with alopecia or someone with tattoos and someone with Ichthyosis. Everyone will be next to everyone else. A variety of flesh colors are in the show. Flesh decorations include freckles, tattoos, eczema, birth marks, Neurofibromatosis, Ichthyosis, decorations of time of old age, Nevi and Giant Nevi, Lichen planopilaris, Alopecia, moles, extreme facial hair, extreme body hair, burn and surgical scars, wrinkles, Vitiligo, acne and piercings."
Hozman is a Lansing-based artist with a sensitivity for direct human connection. Flesh Tones uses traditional black-and-white, non-digital photography to celebrate and educate about the diversity of flesh colors and flesh decorations. The artist uses silver gelatin prints and the individual stories of the twenty-nine people in the show to bare our superficial differences and ultimate commonality. (I say 'our' because, yes, I am included as a subject). Most of the people photographed are from the Greater Lansing area. Next to each photograph will be a personal story. Hozman notes that "knowledge has the potential to liberate," and a key goal of the show is to help us be free of fear or stigma associated with differences of the skin.
Another key goal is for a broader, ongoing dialogue to be catalyzed by taking the show 'on the road.' So, if you know of a venue that would like to host a dramatically beautiful art show with an agenda for social humanity, drop a line to Suellen Hozman, suellenyh at yahoo.com.
Local artist Suellen Hozman is
excited for her new show.