Rina Ellis - Pantyhose solo for her fans. To the strains of 'Caro Nome', this charming figure is joined by 35 other models, some clothed, some nude. The matinee idol good looks of the three principles perversely underscores the clinical nature of the proceedings. ATP is an hour long performance piece for two men and one woman created in by the very talented Uruguayan choreographer Tamara Cubas. You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Scraping them along the hair of his calves, applying them to his throat and nostrils, the effect is of a pair obtuse and sinister physicians doing everything other than ask the patient a straight question.
For those unlucky enough not to make contact with the live show, Josanne Buiting's 2 minute teaser on Vimeo gives a taste of a chamber piece that somehow manages to be as full-blooded and opulent as a Puccini opera.
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They reflect power shifts in the trio as the clothed forge alliances against the unclothed. To judge by the sumptuous images I have seen, this commitment to figure modelling as performance imbues the work of the Collective with a wonderful theatricality, not to mention a meticulous attention to detail. That she can play this scene masked is an act of bravura, an assertion that the unadorned flesh has come of age as a storyteller. The same spirit informs their still photography, which has all the elegant framing of something created painstakingly in the studio, but which yet resonates with any number of caught moments. But I would suggest that models are drawn so strongly towards Ms Small just because of such uncompromising demands and the paradoxical freedom from inhibition they provide. Harried by Morelle, Camarda yet carves out moments of stillness. If you cherish an ambition to be a nude art model but there are no life drawing classes in your area, or if you're a disillusioned muse looking for a change of direction, the Collective are all the inspiration you need to get up and organize a groundbreaking art event of your own.