Mary Chiodini, a St. Louis based artist, specializes in the creation of fine art mosaics handcrafted with vitreous glass tesserae, stained glass, mirror, stone and any other inspirational materials.    Katie Diamond is a radical queer comic artist and graphic designer. A graduate of the Maine College of Art, she's done many illustrations and cartoons about gender, sexuality, and sex education. She's also designed many pamphlets, flyers, and posters for various local organizations.

Mary Chiodini, a St. Louis based artist, specializes in the creation of fine art mosaics handcrafted with vitreous glass tesserae, stained glass, mirror, stone and any other inspirational materials. Katie Diamond is a radical queer comic artist and graphic designer. A graduate of the Maine College of Art, she's done many illustrations and cartoons about gender, sexuality, and sex education. She's also designed many pamphlets, flyers, and posters for various local organizations.

Now showing: Richard Yates a photographer with over 25 years of combined experience, Richard is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work includes portraits, weddings, commercial product, advertising and marketing, with a specialty in male erotic photography.

Now showing: Richard Yates a photographer with over 25 years of combined experience, Richard is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work includes portraits, weddings, commercial product, advertising and marketing, with a specialty in male erotic photography.

Leon, originally a native of Oklahoma, began experimenting with photography while attending the University of Oklahoma. He moved to Chicago in 1998 and became a part of the pansexual BDSM community shortly thereafter. He is well known for his leadership and activism in the Chicago BDSM community and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Leather Archives & Museum.

Leon, originally a native of Oklahoma, began experimenting with photography while attending the University of Oklahoma. He moved to Chicago in 1998 and became a part of the pansexual BDSM community shortly thereafter. He is well known for his leadership and activism in the Chicago BDSM community and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Leather Archives & Museum.

Art ultimately has three purposes; those being, a pictorial representation of the times or conveyance of a thought or idea from the artist and finally for the sake of art and the act of creation itself.    CLAW introduced the BD/SM Erotic Art Show during its weekend activities during its fifth year. Thus creating a venue for the erotic BDSM artist to freely express and show their works to a wide audience of viewers at one time normally difficult to assemble in a mainstream gallery.

Art ultimately has three purposes; those being, a pictorial representation of the times or conveyance of a thought or idea from the artist and finally for the sake of art and the act of creation itself. CLAW introduced the BD/SM Erotic Art Show during its weekend activities during its fifth year. Thus creating a venue for the erotic BDSM artist to freely express and show their works to a wide audience of viewers at one time normally difficult to assemble in a mainstream gallery.

In February, we'll be keeping the heat on with the opening of photographer Justice Howard's show FLESH. Howard's photos have appeared in such high profile places as Easyriders to the set of the FX networks hit show Sons of Anarchy. Join us for a first chance to see the work of this internationally known artist!

In February, we'll be keeping the heat on with the opening of photographer Justice Howard's show FLESH. Howard's photos have appeared in such high profile places as Easyriders to the set of the FX networks hit show Sons of Anarchy. Join us for a first chance to see the work of this internationally known artist!

Justice Howard exhibit opens February 1, 2013 7:00pm

Justice Howard exhibit opens February 1, 2013 7:00pm

I became interested in photography as a child, playing with my uncle's cameras whenever I visited him. I also used to make pinhole cameras as a grade school student & then started making them with my own students when I was an art teacher.    I feel the best stories to tell come from the heart and everyone has something hidden that is bursting to come out. I feel I can touch something within each person who views my work. For me, I see the real person when I create my fetish images.

I became interested in photography as a child, playing with my uncle's cameras whenever I visited him. I also used to make pinhole cameras as a grade school student & then started making them with my own students when I was an art teacher. I feel the best stories to tell come from the heart and everyone has something hidden that is bursting to come out. I feel I can touch something within each person who views my work. For me, I see the real person when I create my fetish images.

In “Leather” the design of role-play, subjectivity and symbolism plays a fundamental position in the acquisition of pleasure. Through this a normalized routine of actions and posturing have come about and with the efforts of so many strong-minded individuals in the “Leather Community” relics have been preserved and are now part of normalized society.

In “Leather” the design of role-play, subjectivity and symbolism plays a fundamental position in the acquisition of pleasure. Through this a normalized routine of actions and posturing have come about and with the efforts of so many strong-minded individuals in the “Leather Community” relics have been preserved and are now part of normalized society.

_ask, a mixed medium exhibition and fashion show celebrates the mask and its ability to transform its wearer into dual persona of subject/object.    _ask reviews the latest in fetish inspired masks and works by local, national and international artist and producers. The show will explore the mask as an adornment through which the wearer alters or amplifies an aspect of themselves that is normally out of reach due to social attitudes of the gaze.

_ask, a mixed medium exhibition and fashion show celebrates the mask and its ability to transform its wearer into dual persona of subject/object. _ask reviews the latest in fetish inspired masks and works by local, national and international artist and producers. The show will explore the mask as an adornment through which the wearer alters or amplifies an aspect of themselves that is normally out of reach due to social attitudes of the gaze.

Unlike most understood feminist notions of “beauty” being pushed onto women, which in the curator’s opinion actually reaffirms the old notion of what a woman’s place was. Kate Tastrophe, who speaks of her images as if they where real ladies, works toward contemporary theories of 3rd wave feminism and shows that this newly found sexually liberated woman, is nothing new. The images show women who use and accentuate their “assist,” and in doing so take hold of Beauty and make it their servant.

Unlike most understood feminist notions of “beauty” being pushed onto women, which in the curator’s opinion actually reaffirms the old notion of what a woman’s place was. Kate Tastrophe, who speaks of her images as if they where real ladies, works toward contemporary theories of 3rd wave feminism and shows that this newly found sexually liberated woman, is nothing new. The images show women who use and accentuate their “assist,” and in doing so take hold of Beauty and make it their servant.

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