POSTED: 17 JUNE 2008 - 2:30pm EST

Celebrating Nudes in Nature

image above: An image of a couple in Kalalau Valley by Arius Hopman

by Arius Hopman on 16 June 2008

Dearest Friends of the Arius Hopman Gallery:

It has been many years in the making, but FINALLY the show "Coming Home to the Garden; Celebrating Nudes in Nature" is a reality. There are 30 canvases in the show, some large, that have never been seen before.

Included in this Debut showing are a water nymph/ waterfall sequence, an 80 year old black man in a lava-coral field, Hawaiian firemaker/ hula dancers and an eight-month pregnant beauty with her two daughters.

None of the people in the photos are professional models, all are living in their bodies and look beautiful and comfortable, all are playful and all feel relaxed in nature, none of them are posing in the traditional sense, but just moving from one activity to another. None are city people or 9-5ers. All would be considered cultural creatives.

The show will also have some text: Our genetic home is nature and as long as we lived in nature we were content and were in harmony with the community of nature. I will quote Jean Liedloff, The Continuum Concept.

We are consuming the planet trying to fill an empty emotional that resulted from expelling ourselves from the Garden. When we started disrespecting and exploiting nature, men also began exploiting and subordinating women and going to war...see also the book the book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler. It shows clearly and in gory detail the historic sequence.

Nowadays there is so much dark and confusing energy around. The I Ching says: "the best way to deal with the negative is to vigorously pursue the positive". My strategy is to show how beautiful nature is and how beautiful people can be in any age, color or condition. We need to re-grow the Garden so we can move back into our genetic home again and find inner peace. The show is about people feeling comfortable in the Garden. This is the future I want to see and have my great grandchildren experience. The only future humanity has MUST be sustainable (by definition) and that means finding a sustainable balance with nature.

With a Warm Aloha, Arius

Arius Hopman Nude Show Debut

TimeSpace Gallery, 4545 Kona Road, Old Hanapepe Town

3 July 2008 from 5:00 - 7:00pm

(808) 335-0227
(808) 335-5616

see also:
Island Breath: Another view of Taylor Camp 5/14/08
Island Breath: A film about Taylor Camp 8/30/05