J.P. Corr III
Gilded Nudes of a Modern Renaissance is an evocative series of nudes created by way of the Gymnotype™ process. The idea for this series spawned from J.P.’s struggle with the acceptance of becoming disabled, and seeing
himself through different eyes. Although his will and desire had become stronger than ever before, J.P.’s physical
health continued to deteriorate. He wondered which of these attributes was more obvious from an outsider’s perspective.
Did they see a weak man?
The focus of the Gilded Nudes of a Modern Renaissance
is on one’s inner-self taking precedence over the outer-self; and as the old renaissance style suggests, what matters
is not the body type (the shell), but the character of the soul that lay beneath. J.P. brings a fresh, non-traditional approach
to the renaissance ideal, despite contemporary subjects. The raw, timeless quality of this new media (the Gymnotype™) on yellow gold leaf, combined with that of these quiet, mysterious, and vulnerable characters compels the viewer to love
and yearn to understand these works. The result is as pure a statement can be made about beauty.
“In a world where we are told what to find beautiful, I wanted not to create beauty, as much as accentuate what
already exists. The subjects in these images are all unique, all extraordinary. Here we do not see the modern-day stereotype
of beauty, but a realist’s presentation. They need not try to be beautiful, but rather the opposite—to pull back
the curtains and just be. Each is just as striking and complex as the next, and although different, deserves just as much
merit. This beauty cannot be created, but rather nourished. Here we have creatures at their most intimate; with all layers
peeled away, they are at peace with themselves. The viewer has no choice but to see the subjects' raw beauty, as they stand
strong in their existence.”
- J.P. Corr III