As its name indicates, ''5iveX: An Erotic Exhibition'' is for mature audiences only. Houston artists Taft McWhorter and Morris Malakoff got the idea to have an erotic art show after collaborating recently on a project featuring a nude model. For ''5iveX'' McWhorter, Malakoff, Tra Slaughter, Micah Simmons and Kelley Devine provide different perspectives on the nude form displaying some 30 paintings, photographs and sculptures.
Devine uses her own body as the subject matter in her collage-like pieces, comprised of family memorabilia, paint and naked photos of the artist by John Runnels. Some of these pieces are displayed like peep shows, in self-lit boxes so that they could be viewed privately. ''Since the images involved in these pieces are a bit more risqué I felt that it would be interesting to control how the image was viewed,'' Devine tells us. ''I wanted something intimate and concise.''
The price of a ticket gets you credits towards an art purchase, as well as food by Intricate Edibles, an open bar, music by the Matt Willhelm Quartet, live modeling and more. ''We're pulling out the stops for this exhibit,'' says McWhorter. ''We want to offer our guests an experience as opposed to just the usual art exhibit.''
Sat., Feb. 23, 8-11 p.m., 2013