2015/08/26

Lilith Rising - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Lilith Rising - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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2015/08/25

Chastia - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - angel



Chastia - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - angel


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2015/08/24

Anima Sola -11x14 Art Print by DVS



Anima Sola -11x14 Art Print by DVS


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2015/08/23

Gaea - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Gaea - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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2015/08/22

The Calming of Kali - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, Shiva,...



The Calming of Kali - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, Shiva, Hindu, blood, skulls, third eye


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2015/08/21

Mictecacihuatl - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, skulls, fire,...



Mictecacihuatl - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, skulls, fire, flame, feathers, Mayan


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Ajna Nirvana - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - Gnostic, Art Nude,...



Ajna Nirvana - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - Gnostic, Art Nude, Spiritual, Chakra, Sanskrit


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Baphomet - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, spiritual, goat,...



Baphomet - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - gnostic, spiritual, goat, skull, fire, art nude


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2015/08/20

The Solution - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - Snow White, The Evil...



The Solution - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - Snow White, The Evil Queen


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Illumina - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Illumina - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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Lucence - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - dragon tattoo



Lucence - 11x14 Art Print by DVS - dragon tattoo


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2015/08/19

Hush - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Hush - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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Awaiting the Ball - 11x14 Fetish Art Print by DVS



Awaiting the Ball - 11x14 Fetish Art Print by DVS


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Masquerade - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Masquerade - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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2015/08/18

Glory unto Glory - 11x14 Art Print by DVS



Glory unto Glory - 11x14 Art Print by DVS


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2014/02/14

“Love" (Visions Series) Created in 2012 for the...





Love" (Visions Series)


Created in 2012 for the international Dirty Show exhibition held on Valentine’s weekend each year in Detroit.


Model: Dekilah


For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.




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2014/01/30

dekilah: Reflecting Detroit… photographed by DVS Photographed...





dekilah:



Reflecting Detroit… photographed by DVS



Photographed within Detroit’s Renaissance Center hotel with the city’s night skyline


Model: Dekilah




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2014/01/23

Baphomet (Gnostic Series) Baphomet, whose two hands form the...





Baphomet (Gnostic Series)


Baphomet, whose two hands form the sign of hermetism, expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the mystic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner to bear the punishment exclusively in sake of the soul. The erect male genitals symbolizes eternal life while humanity is represented by the two female breasts…the androgyn attributes that unite with the goat because they are one and the same.


Model: Jenni


Created with a real goat skull, artificial male appendage & flaming orb w/no effects added digitally.


Featured at “Sacred Visions” @ The Scarab Club on 11/15/2012, as well as Dirty Show 9 and DAMNED II.


For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.




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2014/01/17

Lilith Rising (Gnostic Series) "He then created a woman for...





Lilith Rising (Gnostic Series)


"He then created a woman for Adam, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith." - Alphabetum Siracidis


In Hebrew Midrashic literature, Lilith was formed simultaneously as Adam, though not of pure earth but of darkened sediment. Created as the first woman and wife of Adam, conflict arose when Adam demanded she lie beneath him. Lilith, viewing herself as his equal, refused to submit and disappeared to the Red Sea. Despite the threat of angels, she never returned and Eve was later created.


Model: Abigail


Created simply using imported Dead Sea mud w/no effects added digitally.


Featured at my solo exhibition “Sacred Visions” @ The Scarab Club on 11/15/2012, as well as DAMNED III.


For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.




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2014/01/16

Gaea (Gnostic Series) Gaea (or Gaia) is the Greek Protogenos...





Gaea (Gnostic Series)


Gaea (or Gaia) is the Greek Protogenos (primeval divinity) of earth and one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation. She was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos (the sky, also her first offspring), the sea-gods from her union with Pontos (the sea), the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros (the hell-pit) and mortal creatures from her earthy flesh. Today, Gaea is often viewed as the complex organism Earth, as well as the spiritual embodiment of the earth itself.


Model: Xaina


Created using realtime video projection w/no effects added digitally.


Featured at “Sacred Visions” @ The Scarab Club on 11/15/2012.


For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.




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2014/01/15

Vesuvius Remembered (Vesuvius Series) This is part of a large...





Vesuvius Remembered (Vesuvius Series)


This is part of a large continuing series that tributes the tragic victims of Mount Vesuvius and the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Enveloped suddenly by the burning ash of volcanic explosion, many were discovered centuries later fossilized within an eternal embrace to find some haven from this cataclysmal event. This series is not to exploit their great anguish and death, but to reflect upon the compassion they sought within each other in their final moments of life.


Model: Dekilah


Created simply with a single divine light, a layering of Dead Sea mud, gently sifted ashes and “Proverb” by Steve Reich.


This series premiered at my solo exhibition “III - An Exhibition Trinity” on 11/11/11.


For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.




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2014/01/14

The Calming of Kali (Gnostic Series)




The Calming of Kali (Gnostic Series)

Kali Ma, called the “Dark Mother,” is the Hindu goddess of creation, preservation, and destruction. Her name, the feminine form of ka-la, primarily means “time” but also means “black” in honor of being the first creation before light and time itself. Traditionally depicted as the Destroyer calming her bloodlust by mounting her consort Shiva amidst the blood-soaked battlefield, a rare legend presents her as Maternal Protector with Shiva appearing amongst the destruction, not as her mate, but as an infant, crying aloud. Kali, hearing the distress of the helpless child, ceases her carnage to pick up and breast feed the infant, calming her ferocity.

Model: Dekilah (with Sarah as secondary arm model)

Bodypaint: Mosque Teiro

Created using bodypaint and secondary arm model w/no effects added digitally.

Featured at “Sacred Visions” @ The Scarab Club on 11/15/2012.

For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.


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2012/12/22

Mictecacihuatl

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Mictecacihuatl

In Aztec mythology, Mictecacihuatl (pronounced 'Meek-teka-kee-wahdl') is Queen of Mictlan, the underworld, ruling over the afterlife and protecting the bones of the dead. She presided over the ancient festivals of the dead, which evolved from Aztec traditions into the modern Day of the Dead after synthesis with Spanish cultural traditions. Mictecacihuatl is also known as the Lady of the Dead or La Santa Muerte.

Model: Dekilah

Created with a Dead Sea mud, sifted ash and real fire w/no effects added digitally.

Featured at "Sacred Visions" @ The Scarab Club on 11/15/2012.

For prints, lighters, cases and other merchandise, please click here.

2009/08/30

DAMNED II - Call For Dark Art

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damned -adj. 1. condemned to eternal punishment. 2. detestable; loathsome. 3. complete; absolute

Within the word "damned", it is easy to envision devils, Hades and hellfire. However, damnation may also reflect the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle abuse of one's mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the immeasurable tendrils that bind us to our deepest longings or deprivations.

DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary artists who know that without darkness, there is no light, that beauty does reside within the repulsive and enlightenment within our darkest hours. This art may be the one true reflection of self that make us balanced within our personal damnations...or possibly it is an expressive visual therapy...or simply a sign that there is something inexplicably damaged inside without comparison.

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Artists of all mediums from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit their work for DAMNED. There are no restrictions on genre or content but the more beautifully disturbing or powerfully introspective, the better.

For further information and to submit your art, please visit:

http://www.thatdamnedshow.com/call

Submission deadline is September 25 2009 and there are no fees for submitting.

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On October 29 2009 in Detroit, there will be a congregation of the most controversial fine art artists from across the nation and overseas to display their darkest of creations at DAMNED II. From the famous to the freshest of talent, this ominous assembly will exhibit a diversity of artistries from the deeply depraved to the intensely introspective guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, captivate or repulse. This is not Halloween-themed art but a submergence within the shadowed realms of consciousness within an intimate ambiance of haunting ethereal soundscapes, intimate gallery vignettes and cirque-inspired stage performances.

Then, on Devil's Night (October 30), we celebrate this artistic submergence with an intimate six-course dinner of aphrodisiac delights followed by a grand ball of masquerade and dance within the milieu of exotic rhythms, floor performances and art. To nightcap the ball evening, we now welcome the sensuous noir cabaret sounds of Jill Tracy (www.jilltracy.com) in a rare midnight solo performance.

Current confirmed special guests artist for 2009 include HR Giger, Chad M Ward, Christian Correra, Jose Manuel Schmill, Rich Rethorn, Paul Rumsey, John U Abrahamson, William B Hand, JL Robbins, Eli Livingston, Stephen Blickenstaff, Janina Magnussen, Peggy Wauters, Aunia Kahn, Brian Viveros and dozens of other artists from all over the world!

To see the 2008 DAMNED Exhibition, please visit:

http://www.thatdamnedshow.com/gallery

DAMNED II - A Dark Fine Art Exhibition
and Formal Masquerade Ball wsg/Jill Tracy
October 29 & 30 2009 - Detroit, MI
Tangent Gallery / Hasting Street Ballroom
http://www.thatdamnedshow.com

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2009/07/17

THIS WEEKEND: DVS @ Marquis de Sade Ball


On July 17 and 18 2009, the Society of Erotic Art (formerly the
MidWest Society of Erotic Photography) will exhibit an intimate
showcase of fine fetish art as part of the festivities at the Marquis
de Sade Ball (www.marquisdesadeball.com).  Unlike previous exhibitions, this will be themed towards the more extreme realms of erotic art.

The
event itself is 2 nights and 3 Floors of seductive and stimulating
festivities that include cirque performances, various fetish and
corsetry fashion shows, burlesque, live music, vendors and much more. 
Detailed scheduling can be found at the official website at "www.marquisdesadeball.com".

Doors are open on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 1pm until 2am both nights.  Advance tickets can be purchased online via TicketWeb.


The Eagle Theater is located at 15 S Saginaw, Pontiac, MI where the old Industry/Have A Nice Day Cafe used to be.


DRESS TO IMPRESS.  18TH CENTURY ATTIRE ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.

2009/05/15

DVS @ the Motor City Comic Con this weekend!

Yep, I'm showing and selling my work at the 20th Anniversary Motor City Comic Con this weekend!  I am bring EVERYTHING I have in stock (old old stuff, rare unseen things and new new stuff) and EVERYTHING MUST GO!  Here is the link for info, if interested:

http://www.motorcityconventions.com/motor_city_comic_con/

Look, I'm listed as a comic artist!  :D

2009/04/08

04/17&18 The Seduction of Art @ CPOP (MWSEP Exhibition w/DVS)

I'll have new never-exhibited work here in a new direction/style...hope to see you there!

CPOP presents: The Seduction of Art

A limited-engagement exhibition from the MidWest Society of Erotic Photography (www.mwsep.com)

Friday • April 17 • 6pm-11pm • 7pm Opening Reception

Saturday • April 18 • 1pm-11pm • 7pm Evening Gala w/ special stringed performance by Dixon

Featuring fine art by: A Owen Layne, AJ Kahn, Allan Teger, Chris Maher, Ckreationz, Dave Levingston, DVS, Eric Cain, Frank Piccolo, Gary Mitchell, Irakly Shanidze, Jim Young, Lisolette Gilcrest, Patricia Izzo and VATO

Gourmet edibles provided by: Silvios and Centerella Inc.

CPOP is located at: 4160 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48226 • 313.833.9901



2009/01/18

Detroit Erotic Meet & Greet, Workshops & Shoot - Dirty Show weekend!

I would like to inform and invite all models and photographers reading of/to the events I am hosting on February 6-8 2009 in Detroit.



MEET & GREET: On Friday February 6 2009, there will be a Meet & Greet for the erotic models and photographers of the Detroit Erotic Arts Collaborative shooting event happening the following two days.  The Meet & Greet will begin at 8pm in the lobby bar of the Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit, MI.  There is no cover charge, but it is $3 to park in the hotel's secure fenced parking lot if you are not renting a room. It's a great time to meet other erotic artists and models for DEAC and the Dirty Show. There will be music, drinks, snacks and good times. This will also be announced to Dirty Show feature artists as well so it will be interesting to see who shows up next! You can find further information on our event posts on Model Mayhem and MySpace.

WORKSHOPS: On Saturday February 7, there will be a variety of workshops and seminars designed to cover a diversity of topics presented in large part by the MidWest Society of Erotic Photography and select honored guests. These will range from novice introductions to shooting erotica, post production techniques, exhibiting to marketing erotica, 2257 federal regulations and more including a special guest Q&A presentation by Steve Diet Goedde. Beginning at 10am, these workshops are open to the general public on a first-come basis. See the Official Workshop Schedule for times, course descriptions, related fees and presenter biographies. (psst...I am hosting my own workshop at 1pm)

EROTIC SHOOT: On Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8, the Detroit Erotic Arts Collaborative, a closed shooting event dedicated solely to the creation of fine art erotic photography, will begin at noon until 8pm Sat and 6pm Sun. Shooting styles include, but is not limited to, artistic nudes, fetish, lingerie and pinup. The format is of the pre-scheduled trade variety in one hour intervals predetermined by the models and photographers prior to the event. Photographers and models 18+, from novice to professional, are welcome, but due to the erotic nature of the DEAC, all participants must register to be reviewed for security within our professional and creative event. Visit our Official Website for further details, to register or view the growing Participation List.  You may also visit our forum thread on Model Mayhem.

Hope to see you there!

2008/12/22

Two artists for one cause...the rise against domestic violence

New York artist Katelan Foisy and Detroit photographer DVS have come together to support the rise against a tragedy that befalls hundreds of thousands of women across the country and around the world...domestic violence. Inspired by DVS' photograph "Sacred Heart", Katelan created a wonderful painting entitled "Nico Elise II" (below) which is now in exhibition at the Femina Potens gallery in San Francisco. Within the spirit of its feminine divine essence, both artists have decided to donate 100% of their proceeds to two shelters for battered women, Looking for My Sister in Detroit and RAINN in New York, in the sincere hope that this small gesture will help those greatly in need.

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(From the Family Violence Prevention Fund)

Prevalence of Domestic Violence

  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year1 to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.
  • Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.

And this is unfortunately just the beginning of the list.

The original painting is available for purchase on the Femina Potens website, but also please look into your own areas for local shelters to see how you can help.

We thank you sincerely,

Katelan and DVS

2008/11/20

The DAMNED Gallery...now online!

Yes, the photos of the DAMNED exhibition, performances and ambiance are now online! Here is a sample:



Visit the DAMNED gallery here:

www.thatdamnedshow.com/gallery

2008/11/06

DVS @ Exotica Expo 4 this weekend!

Yes, I'm still busy even after the whole DAMNED show (photos coming soon). Stop by my booth at Exotica (www.myspace.com/exoticaexpo) at iLounge in Pontiac this weekend to say "hello" and grab a couple "I ♥ DVS" cat stickers! Bring me a birthday cookie and I'll give you two! =D

If you can't make the expo, then you better make either the Slick afterparty at Clutch Cargo on Friday or the Skin Two Exotica Ball at Crofoot on Saturday!




The 3 Day Expo will be at CLUTCH CARGOS iLounge, 65 East Huron Pontiac MI 48342 www.clutchcargos.com

- Over 50 Vendor Booths from across North America, adult toys, BDSM furniture, body jewelry, vintage clothing and much more
- Shop for the best in Fetish Wear and Latex Couture
- Model Salon by Exquisite Restraint Couture Corsetry
- 2 days of Erotic Workshops
- Numerous Live Stage Performances
- DJ's spinning ambient, downtempo, lounge
- Celebrity Meet and Greets
- Contests, Giveaways, Live Demos
- Social Tea Parties with French Maids
- Freakshow Fashion show by Grey Gargoyle

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Friday night's party SLICK! is at CLUTCH CARGOS Main Hall and features:

- Official line launch and fashion show by Frenchy LaRue Latex Couture
- Official line launch of Hilary's Vanity fetish/industrial wear
- Fashion shows by Ego Assassin Latex, Ceres Moon Latex, Leather Realm, and much more!
- Numerous Stage Shows
- BDSM Public Play Stations
- Guest DJ Xris from SMack! New York
- Top guest DJ's from across North America to keep you on the dancefloors
- Rub shoulders with the biggest names in the fetish and erotic industry
- Exclusive VIP Lounge
- Join us for the numerous Afterhours Parties

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Saturday night's SKIN TWO EXOTICA BALL is at the CROFOOT Ballroom, 1 South Saginaw, Pontiac, MI

featuring live performances by:
- Emily Marilyn and Ruby Luster
- Evil Dolls (Hollywood, CA)
- Chaos Productions
- Miss Pussy Kat
- Pain Tribe
- Vivian Ireene Pierce and Evelyn Rose
- Numerous other live shows by performers yet to be announced
- Ticket Giveaways by Skin Two's Tim Woodward
- Guest DJ Stitch from the band Mushroom Head
- Guest DJ Xris from SMack! New York
- Top guest DJ's from across North America to keep you on the dancefloors
- Exclusive VIP Lounge featuring more intimate shows
- Join us for the numerous Afterhours Parties, including the rumoured poolside party!

2008/11/04

2008/10/24

DAMNED made the cover of Real Detroit!

Check out DAMNED in Real Detroit this week!



Pick it up at your friendly RD stands everywhere
or view the article online at:

http://www.realdetroitweekly.com

With the full article at:

http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_4731.shtml

You can still get your DAMNED souvenier tickets at Showtime Clothing in Detroit, Noir Leather) in Royal Oak and V-Male Vintage Clothing.

Or order them online here via PayPal: [ $5 General Tickets | $25 VIP Tickets ]

Visit the DAMNED MySpace page at "www.myspace.com/thatdamnedshow" for details on the show, ticket information, contest giveaways and more!

DAMNED - A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition
Devil's Night - October 30 2008 - Detroit
Tangent Gallery / Hastings St Ballroom
15 Milwaukee St E, Detroit, MI 48202
www.thatdamnedshow.com

DAMNED made the cover of Real Detroit!

Check out DAMNED in Real Detroit this week!

Pick it up at your friendly RD stands everywhere
or view the article online at:

http://www.realdetroitweekly.com

With the full article at:

http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_4731.shtml

You can still get your DAMNED souvenier tickets at Showtime Clothing in Detroit, Noir Leather in Royal Oak and V-Male Vintage Clothing in Dearborn Heights.

Or order them online here via PayPal: [ $5 General Tickets | $25 VIP Tickets ]

Visit the DAMNED MySpace page at "www.myspace.com/thatdamnedshow" for details on the show, ticket information, contest giveaways and more!

DAMNED - A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition
Devil's Night - October 30 2008 - Detroit
Tangent Gallery / Hastings St Ballroom
15 Milwaukee St E, Detroit, MI 48202
www.thatdamnedshow.com

2008/10/23

DAMNED - A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition - Devil's Night - Detroit



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Detroit, MI - On Devil's Night (October 30) 2008 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit, there will be a congregation of 75 of the most malevolent fine art artists from across the nation and overseas to display over 150 of their darkest of creations at DAMNED: A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition (www.thatdamnedshow.com). From Oscar winner HR Giger to the freshest of talent, this sinister assembly will exhibit a diversity of artistries from the deeply depraved to the intensely introspective guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, captivate or repulse. This is not Halloween-themed art but a submergence within the shadowed realms of consciousness within an intimate ambiance of haunting ethereal soundscapes, refined freakshow vignettes and cirque-inspired stage performances.

DAMNED will feature special performances by the tantalizing circus hellion Miss Pussykatt fresh from her "grinder girl" act on NBC's America's Got Talent. Other devilish treats include the femme fatale performance troupe Devil Dolls, new dementias from Satori Circus, disturbingly exotic gallery teasers, Devil Girl hostesses, VIP area with an on-site chef, wine tasting, a gallery store to purchase art and much more! Aurally, the exhibition will be laced with original compositions by Life Toward Twilight and the haunting solo strings of Dixon accompanying the gallery vignettes.

Limited VIP tickets will be available for a most intimate of ambiances with a private two-hour preview of the exhibition with artist reception and special VIP-only vignette performances. Indulgences include an on-site chef courtesy of Centaur Bar with live preparation of delectable edible temptations, an exotic wine tasting compliments of Farmington Hills Wine & Liquor, a bevy of Devil Girl servers and other treats to come. After the preview, VIPs will have full access to the lush private mezzanine overlooking the public exhibition with their own private cash bar, side chef, video feeds and live VIP entertainment throughout the night until 2am...and yes, the Devil Girl servers as well. VIPs also bypass the entrance lines with their own DAMNED special speedy entry!

The DAMNED festivities begin at 7pm with a VIP Preview/Artist Reception with the general public opening at 9pm until 2am. General admission is $6.66 at the door, $5 in advance online or $5 with a canned good donation for the Gleaners Food Bank or the All About Animals no-kill animal rescue. Discounted $5 tickets are also available at Showtime Clothing in Detroit, Noir Leather in Royal Oak and V-Male Vintage Clothing. VIP admission is $33 at the door or $25 in advance online. No Halloween costumes are necessary but red dressy/sexy Devil-wear is greatly encouraged. 18+ welcome.

Visit the DAMNED MySpace page at "www.myspace.com/thatdamnedshow" to get your tickets, enter our ticket giveaways and more!

We hope you join us in celebration as we bring the infamous Detroit institution of Devil's Night back to our city...without the arson, of course.

DAMNED - A Macabre Fine Art Exhibition
Devil's Night - October 30 2008 - Detroit
Tangent Gallery / Hastings St Ballroom
715 Milwaukee St E, Detroit, MI 48202
www.thatdamnedshow.com

2008/10/01

Jacob...rest in eternal loving peace...

It is with broken heart that I announce that Jacob, my dearest friend of 13 years and icon cat of 5, passed away the morning of September 29 2008. He was 15 years old.

He first came into my life from a friend of my sister who could no longer keep him because of a new apartment residence. I had another cat at the time and he was first welcomed by loud hissing and growling. I remember his response of simply ignoring the other cat, walking past and immediately claiming my house his own. His was definitely a quirky nonchalant persona which often resulted in me messing with him to break past this stoic demeanor to provoke reaction.

In 1998 or so, he somehow escaped the house and went missing. I searched everywhere but after one month, I considered him lost forever. I still remember vividly the summer day two months after he disappeared when a mangy black cat scurried past my house on the street...a somewhat familiar one. I called out his name and he stopped, staring for a long moment before running up to me meowing loudly. Since then, he never left my side.

In the recent months, he was diagnosed with hyperactive thyroidism with possible heart disease and was prone to heavy fluid buildup in his lungs. He fought hard to stay with us, dealing with countless tests, lung stints, minor operations and bothersome medications. His final days were difficult to witness as he was no longer was the spirited feline he once was, mostly laying still unmoving with hindered breathing with no appetite. I weighed heavily the guilty thought of taking his fate into my own hands. On his final morning, he raised his head to greet me from his favored sleeping spot and I spent an extra long personal moment with him before I left for work. Within a few hours afterwards, I received a call that he went peacefully in his sleep...as I prayed he would within his home and amongst those who loved him most.

I already miss him dearly. I miss seeing his head in the window waiting for me to come home. I miss him greeting me at the door. I miss his shadowing me everywhere I went in the house. I miss him taking over my lap as soon as I sat in front of the computer. I miss him fetching me his favorite crinkle ball when he decided he wanted to play. I miss him purring contently next to me when I layed in bed to sleep. And I know I'll miss him being nosey while I'm shooting my art.

But I also know he is at peace.

He was cremated later that evening and part of his ashes will be spread amongst the flower bed he always overlooked outside his favorite window.

Be happy, free and forever loved, my dear friend...


(My first photo and thus my first model with my first digital camera in 2004)

2008/09/18

DVS @ 2 shows this weekend - Noir 25th & PAF/Streetwise!

It's a busy weekend for me...

Saturday 09/20 Noir Leather's 25th Anniversary Bash @ Crofoot
(as a member of the Syndicati Obscura dark art collective)
Located at Crofoot Ballroom, 1 South Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI
(check out the huge stage and event lineup in the flyer below)

Sunday 09/21 Streetwise Art's Erotic Gallery @ People's Art Festival
(as a member of the MidWest Society of Erotic Photography - MWSEP)
Located at Russell Industrial Ctr, Bldg 2, 1600 Clay Avenue, Detroit, MI
(check out the huge lineup in the flyer below)

I'll have new work to show off in both of them with new prints available for purchase! Or just stop by to say "hi" and get a free "I ♥ DVS" sticker! =P

Here are the flyers and hope to see you there!





2008/05/22

Explorations at the Detroit Erotic Arts Collaborative

As you may have seen in a couple posts back, I hosted an event called the Detroit Erotic Arts Collaborative, a fine art nude/fetish/erotic group shoot held at the Exotica Expo in Detroit. Although I had to coordinate the nearly 100 models and photographers from all over the Midwest, I still found time to shoot a bit. The DEAC, the first of now many to come, marked my first venture away from the confines of my studio and into the chaos of uncontrolled locations. Here are the results:


Model: Lela Rae


Model: Italian Kitten


Model: Nicotine


Model: Nicotine


Model: Nicotine


Model: Nicotine


Model: Orixx


Model: Orixx


Model: Alkemie

Comments/critiques/praises welcome...