Malcolm Williams in body paint and head dress is one of the performance artists at this year's Nude Nite.
Nude Nite creator Kelly Stevens brings her fun, interactive, and enticing art show back to Tampa this year featuring a mirror mirror theme. While the central idea behind this annual exhibit celebrates the human body in many forms, Stevens believes that this year's mirror theme helps us look inward as well.
At times the show takes on more of a circus atmosphere with three different aerialists on rings, silk and a dance pole performing.
The show, once again being held in a large warehouse in Ybor City, features many interactive displays beckoning those in attendance to participate. The exhibits include framed mirrors where participants can take "selfies" to share on social media, a backlit shadowbox where one can perform for others at the show, and a large blackboard letting you share your guilty pleasures with the world.
One of the coolest parts of the show is the ability to watch artists exhibit their talent. Here Occular Hysteria paints model Arielle in her exhibition.
Anya AES is a contortionist performing above one of the bars at Nude Nite 2014.
Susan Doschere writes on the Guilty Pleasure interactive chalk board. The board along with several colors of chalk contained lots of pleasures shared by art show goers including big chicks, hairy bushes, hairy chests, skinny dipping with strangers, firemen, Asians and, of course, Nutella.
Given the creators intent to have us look inside ourselves, there is a definite psychological twist to this year's exhibit as well. For instance, one of the exhibits features human inkblots where artist Christopher Marvin Wesley Johnson uses the human form to create Rorschach looking pieces for all to interpret. A human thought bubble in which communications are written down and shared with an artist inside an inflated bubble is a new way to interact at the show. Stevens also created a 10-foot-mirror man who strolls around the space allowing people to catch reflection of themselves with his body.
Artist Christopher Marvin Westly Johnson donning an Anthony Hopkins' Silence of the Lambs type mask uses models Jen and Megan (background) to create human ink blots.
The interactive exhibit The Human Thought Bubble has Jody Brown sharing what's on her mind with performance artist Katalina Leon Ann. Her card asked, "Can I get in there with u"?
In the Strut Your Stuff shadowbox you can perform for others. In this picture, a couple watches their friend perform in silhouette. It is really quite fun!
Suzanne Curry has been an aerielist on silks for 2 years. She demonstrates her talents high above the attendees at Nude Nite 2014.
Becca Herrera dances in front of Nix Herrera's kaleidoscope camera after being painted with glitter by the artist. With this exhibit there is a double bonus. Not only do you get to watch the artist do his work, but he has figured out a contraption that he made out of mirrors and put in front of his iPad camera which creates a kaleidoscope of the glittered model standing in front of it.
Performance artists of all types stroll the show posing for pictures and exhibiting the talent of participating artists.Nude Nite 2014
continues through Saturday night at a warehouse on 1601 N. 39th St. in Ybor City. Tickets are $20 (cash only) and are available at the door. Food and drinks are also available at the event.