Naked (art) vs. Nude (art) - naked art

Naked (art) vs. Nude (art)

Naked Art is art that needs to be clothed. It’s raw, it’s open, it’s unfinished and to leave it that way just seems indecent. Enter: the Framer. Framers are to artwork what a stylist is to a celebrity. Framers take over where the artist has left off. We are the finishers, the polishers, we add the accent jewelry before you’re thrust onto the red carpet for the world to see (and judge). 

That’s not to say that all unframed art is Naked. Hence the all too different synonym, Nude. Nude art is fully aware of it’s state of undress. It’s proud, it’s rebellious, it’s happy as it is. It’s the 2 year old child defiantly taking their clothes off in the middle of a crowded mall, because they can. And because they just don’t like their clothes. 

To be honest though, this idea did not come from me. Not even remotely. I read a poem in high school that stuck:

The Naked and the Nude
Robert Graves 

For me, the naked and the nude
(By lexicographers construed
As synonyms that should express
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter) stand as wide apart
As love from lies, or truth from art.

Lovers without reproach will gaze
On bodies naked and ablaze;
The Hippocratic eye will see
In nakedness, anatomy;
And naked shines the Goddess when
She mounts her lion among men.

The nude are bold, the nude are sly
To hold each treasonable eye.
While draping by a showman’s trick
Their dishabille in rhetoric,
They grin a mock-religious grin
Of scorn at those of naked skin.

The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometime nude!

I love it because I think it applies to so many people in so many situations. A label and an attitude can so easily change two supposedly identical things. 

In my studio I produce work without thinking too much about it’s final presentation. I’ve made things that are ‘naked’ and things that are ‘nude.’  But as a framer I enter the picture (no pun intended) at the final stages. I’m always trying to find the finishing touch. And it’s only on a rare occasion I will concede that there is no appropriate framing solution. 

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