Andres Canovas led this meeting of the Unit.
“I long for the time when we have a more relaxed attitude towards our bodies, when pursuit of the perfect physique is replaced by joy of the bodies we inhabit, when nakedness is no longer a shameful demonstration of frailty, and the nude, whether male or female, no longer humiliates us with its airbrushed beauty. Then, the ‘Naked’ and the ‘Nude’ as defined by Kenneth Clark, will fuse into a single concept and the ideal we strive after will be acceptance rather than perfection.” Sarah Kent
An Informal History of the Male Nude, episode 5; The Essay; BBC 3 – radio
STIR UP IDEAL BODIES TO EXPLORE THE EXPRESSIVE POTENTIAL OF NAKEDNESS, BY CHALLENGING: POSES AND PROPS, TRADITIONAL SET UP: MODEL + EASEL + ARTIST, SENSE OF OWNERSHIP: SPACE, TOOLS, WORK
AUTOMATISM: ACT NOW, THINK LATER, PLAY + LAUGH + ENJOY, CONTAMINATE
“The classical tradition of art that we have inherited from the Greeks is a load of bullshit”, John Coplans
Exercise one: “Art is an engagement with the material world and its continuous transformative energy as well as the immaterial world of emotions and ideas” Marc Quinn.
Exercise two: “I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” Keith Haring.