In the Smoke Collection, I combine dancers, aerialists, nudes and smoke to create compelling and complex imagery. This video is a visual guide that leads you through some of the forms, characters and stories each with different relationships, struggles, emotions and perspectives.
I visit many different types of art exhibits and spend countless hours thinking about what makes one engaging. A brief guide that provides just a little bit of context is one of the elements I appreciate. I don’t want to much information, just a nudge in a general direction. Then I can explore the art on my terms. There is always time to find out more about the art and artist later. This video is crafted to be that kind of a nudge.
Life Inside the Frame tries to get the viewer to engage a work by exploring many of the different pieces that make up the whole. Then looking at the work in its entirety.
Another element I like is something that gets me physically engaged with art. My Changing Perspectives piece works in this manner and is something that audiences seem to enjoy.
For over two years I worked on developing ideas, stories, imagery and forms with one common element, smoke. This video gives you a brief look at the final step in the creative process for me. I worked alongside some very talented artists who are dancers and aerialist to bring those thoughts to life.
This is a rare look onto my sets as they are closed to the public. I find that restricting the set to only the artists involved helps foster an environment that is beneficial for the creative process. One that is safe for everyone to try things without worrying about failing. This is very important when attempting things that have not been done before.
Sounds & Sights lets you listen in on brief snippets between myself and the artists as we transform thoughts into physical scenes. The audio is overlaid with stills consisting of test shots, rehearsals and final images.
I will be returning to the studio this Spring to continue my exploration of smoke.
The Peoria Art Guild selected Tom Suhler as their 2014 Poster Artist for their Nude Attitude juried art exhibit. Suhler’s image, Faberge, will adorn all promotional materials for the show including several billboards located around town.
The exhibit will include one of the 25 limited edition giclée Faberge prints. Additionally, “S No. 1” from Suhler’s latest project, The Smoke Collection, will be making its Illinois debut.
The Nude Attitude runs from March 5 – 10 with Suhler planning to attend the exhibition party on March 7.
The 200 pieces of fine art photographs, sculptures, and paintings are just a part of Nude Nite Orlando. “It’s made of painters, performers, acrobats, …” explains Director Kelly Stevens. “It’s about visual extravaganza. A feast if you will.”
Nude Nite is as much a happening as it is an art show. Thousands of people attended the show during its three night run. And if you came late you’d end up standing in line. The attraction is for the performances as much as the art. There are burlesque shows, acrobats performing on stage and on a large hoop suspended from the ceiling. Roving models, live body painting demonstrations, and performance artists moving through the crowds.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras as long as they are respectful and understand the limits of what can be done with their photographs. “If you think about the event from a photography standpoint it probably has two dozen of the most incredible visuals that I’d like photograph,” continues Stevens. “It’s a very inspiring event. Full of color and texture, which is what I think photographers really like.”
The tag line, “Take a nude home tonight” is meant to encourage attendees to purchase art. And when they do, they receive free tickets to Nude Nite for life.