Andy Golub’s Naked Body Painting – Artistic Naked or Totally Lewd?

Naked Body Painting – Body painting is one of our favourite things to do while nude, both at our indoor Unclothed Night Outs and at outdoor assemblies. It is a lively blend of art, imagination and nudity and all you will need is a brush (or your fingers) and some paint.
But some truly require it the next level as a real art form, the body functioning as the sailcloth and turning into a living, breathing work of art. This is what NYC artist Andy Golub does. In public. And in the most congested streets of The Big Apple! Andy has gotten a ton of press and caused quite a stir since his reside nude body painting started in Times Square and took place in over 20 other public spaces. I got the chance to interview him about his artwork and experiences with the people and the authorities.
Andy got his start painting things, then mannequins, subsequently transitioned to painting bodies. Individuals have the extra additional aspect of personality and I always integrate their character into the painting at the same time, he said. sex at beach started painting live in public so folks could see the procedure. But his live work with topfree and totally nude models didn’t just blend into the crowd in Times Square. The very first time he did it, he was kicked out.
Andy Golub’s artwork, courtesy of andygolub.com
Coming from a naturist’s perspective, I was most interested in hearing about the facet of public art and nudity. How does the city and law enforcement respond when they see live art with lots of skin? (Yeah I’ve been down this road before.) How does Andy see nudity as an artist and in general?
Public nudity is really legal in NYC when it is part of a play, performance, exhibition or show. (Of course the question must arise, what makes up a show?) Yet, when one of Andy’s models removed her g-string leaving her fully nude in Times Square, officers were prepared with their handcuffs. Andy himself has been detained once, along with a few of his models for public lewdness. Charges were dropped, but a compromise remains: he’s abiding by a rule to paint completely bare models only after the sun goes down. NYPD has been notified of this, and Andy does not expect additional problem from them when he restarts his work outside.
As expected, you will find those who think what Andy does is flat-out wrong, and though Andy respects their sense of morality, he also says many of them are unable to see nudity without seeing sexuality. I do not think what I’m doing is improper, in fact I ‘d even say what I’m doing is just the reverse because it’s allowing people to see nudity in a nonsexual manner. (Sound familiar?) He says folks who do understand his work, see that it’s completely nonsexual. All of it comes down to shame, he says, and trouble ensues when naked or semi-nude people don’t feel others’ sense of shame. All too accurate.
I noted that it’s funny you can barely tell the models are nude at all when completely painted. Andy responded the controversy just isn’t over what people see, but what they don’t seea strap or line. Only knowing the model is unclothed is enough to create a buzz. Obviously the matter of children seeing his work has come up as well. He states, The whole notion that children need to be shielded from it implies that it is sexual in nature, that it is a peep show. And I’m not doing a peep show, I’m doing art.
Naked Body Art By Andy Golub
Let me just share this last quotation by which he describes his artwork:
It’s a means for [the models] to take themselves for who they’re in their strengths and weaknesses and being comfortable in sharing that with other people, which can be troublesome. Most or all of the people that get painted have somewhat of a liberating experienceMe and the model connect with each other and we do it in full public view so people can join with us. In lots of people’s lives there ‘s a certain disconnect that is the result of technology and the manner we communicateUltimately I believe my artwork is about human link.
Wonderful! You can see more of Andy’s artwork and press coverage on his website at andygolub.com
What do you guys think of his work? What does one think of the city’s answer to it? If asked, would you ever participate in public unclothed body art as certainly one of his models?
This interview of naked body artist Andy Golub byFelicity Joneswas published by Young Naturists and Nudists America FKK

Tags: body painting, censorship, children and kids, laws, new york, new york city
Type: Felicity’s Naturist Blog, Naked Body Painting and Bare Body Art, Naked Censorship and Censoring Of Online Nudity, Public Nudity and Being Naked In Public, Social Activism, Social Nudity Sites
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