[ Lorenzo Pereira - Curator for WIDEWALLS.CH ]
Some people may find themselves embarrassed while participating in the performances by Marina Abramovic. That is actually what the art is really about – what our perception (as viewers) on artist’s work is. Yet, there are still complaints when it comes to representing the nudity, erotica or pornographically labeled works in the contemporary art scene. Many would call those works provocative and perverse. And that’s partially true – they are provocative, and they should be provocative. But it doesn’t mean that they are pure erotica and pornography alone; they are also art, the art of nude. The work by Dutch photographer Hans van der Kamp would probably provoke the same questions some of which are tackled above. He is an internationally recognized artist, a photographer, yet probably best known as creator within the art of nude. Therefore his works would probably be labeled as quite provocative.
[ Kymara Lonergan - Curator for The Old Basement Gallery / Soho N.Y. ]
To experience the vision of Hans van der Kamp through the photographer’s lens is breathtaking. Eccentric individuals displaying their raw emotion during moments of their most hard core kink, are perfectly captured to portray the essence of the subject’s personality and passion.
The viewer is left to fill in the delicious blanks by observing the passion, fierceness, lust and ecstasy carved on the subject’s faces as they display their deepest secrets to the photographer.
To capture the deepest moment of human lust is a rare talent that has been perfected by few. Hans van der Kamp has managed to do this along with maintaining the composition and professional technical quality that is inherent in only a master photographer.
[ Dr. Laura Henkel - Sin City Gallery / Las Vegas ]
Van der Kamp is a true pioneer for all artists and gallerists for his tenacity, authenticity and passion to mainstream sophisticated art.
Sometimes, just sometimes you come across a site that is so completely different that you just have to keep going back for more. I’m not sure if this is just through morbid curiosity or even a desire to understand the artist. Maybe it’s just because I like the humour and the irony. No…. I don’t know why either – but I do.
[ Erotic Art Lover ]
A short while ago, someone said to me that she was fed up with just seeing erotic art that features young beautiful models. After seeing a documentary on Hollywood wifes who all looked gorgeous in their 40´s and 50´s, due to nips and tucks, she felt the urge to see some real-life normal women who look and feel comfortable with their age. She mentioned how youth and beauty is worshiped even within the world of erotica.
It is easy to agree with her especially perhaps in the world of erotic art where the visual appeal rules the aesthetics. However, the ideal of beauty linking youth, slenderness and good looks does not have to be or indeed is not always the case.
I think the fabulous portrait, by Hans van der Kamp titled “My Favorite Model”, speaks volumes of beauty and the continued erotic appeal that can be found in an aging woman.
[ 12" of Sin Art Show ]
Juror Hans Van der Kamp, an incredible photographer, has always struggled with labels of erotic art and portraiture. In his vision, a nude was also a portrait. He remained a very traditional photographer, persistent in his goal to understand the personality of the people he photographed by reading the expressions and forms of their faces and bodies.
These thoughts on photography brought him closer to classic art and when he founded AMEA World Museum of Erotic Art (http://www.ameanet.org) in 1996. Over the years, however the site became more interactive and artists of all disciplines, using all possible techniques, joined the site.
In the first year, many visitors of the site e-mailed him stating that the erotic art exhibited on AMEA was pornographic. Hans promptly answered with his first disclaimer on the website: 'Although much of the material presented here is considered to be pornography in many countries, it is the strong conviction of the founders that looking at imagery concerning the act of love will do no damage to your health.'