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The Return of Pornotopia

The Return of Pornotopia

“GUSH!” opens from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6

Pornotopia is Albuquerque’s homegrown film festival celebrating human sexuality in all its slick, sloppy, kinky, consensual glory. In this year’s iteration, not only have organizers lined up four days of professionally produced adult films and a slew of pleasure-oriented workshops Nov. 12-15, they’re dipping their toes into the waters of erotic art with “GUSH!”

Featuring artworks spanning the saucily suggestive to the pornographically explicit, the exhibit includes painters and photographers from around the United States and Canada. Local artists are in the mix too. Naturally, it’s just for adult patrons 18 and older.

Of course, eroticism can mean many things to many people. A wide range of artists ensures body- and sex-positive delights for everyone. Some will respond to the work of photographer Max Woltman. His judicious selections of flesh are shown to advantage, whether he’s spotlighting rock-hard abs under dramatic lighting or an ornate tattoo on soft skin. Others might find themselves transfixed by the coy glances and rear views of D.H. Smith’s oil paintings. And there’s always the pleasingly whimsical filth of Sara Karola’s ink-on-paper drawings or juicy watercolors.

“GUSH!” opens from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at the space formerly known for housing the Unseen Gallery, 3107 Eubank NE, Suite 31. During the Pornotopia festival from Nov. 12-15, catch it by appointment – just call Sara Karola at 908-4586 – or catch the closing reception from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 21. For deets about the festival, check selfservetoys.com/pornotopia, and see on.fb.me/1GvKVir for the “GUSH!” event page.

— Lisa Barrow

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