Art of Attraction photography exhibition, New York

Ox and Angela, plastic surgeon and wife
’Ox and Angela, plastic surgeon and wife’ by Zed Nelson
(Image credit: Zed Nelson)

Showcasing a mix of photographs that capture the themes of sexual desire and attraction, as well as highlighting other photographic works that look to document our global obsession with the unforgiving Western ideal of physical beauty, New York's recently opened Float Gallery (opens in new tab) is questioning the hazy lines of the rules of attraction, and giving us some tongue-in-cheek answers.

For some, it's all about the pursuit of a pair of perfectly modified breasts, for others, the need to achieve ultimate body symmetry and muscle tone - either way, the exhibition wants to talk about the extreme lengths some people take to be seen as physically attractive to the opposite sex, and how these have become resonant in more facets than just the obvious ones.

Zed Nelson (opens in new tab)'s

'Nose Job' for instance, shows a freshly-bandaged nose post-modification, sitting on the face of a Middle-Eastern girl who can't be more than 12 years old. Taken from Nelson's 'Love Me' series - which was photographed in 17 countries across five continents - the image, like others in the series, looks to question the results of how the notion of Western beauty has been perceived and exported abroad.

Other works not to be missed examine beauty and desire in relation to the documenter, like the more abstract photo-dialogue of Ellen Jong (opens in new tab)'s, taken from her 'Getting to Know My Husband's Cock', which journeys into self-discovery by transposing her own personal account of romance, ultimately giving the inhuman subjects she documents a sense of the body.

Installation view of the Art of Attraction exhibition

Installation view of the Art of Attraction exhibition at Float Gallery in New York, featuring the ’Ox and Angela’

(Image credit: Zed Nelson)

’Nose Job’ by Zed Nelson

’Nose Job’ by Zed Nelson

(Image credit: Zed Nelson)

Mirror On The Wall

'Mirror Mirror On The Wall' by Yisook Sohn

(Image credit: Yisook Sohn)

Installation view of Mirror Mirror On The Wall

(Image credit: Press)

Always And Forever

’Always And Forever’ by Yisook Sohn

(Image credit: Yisook Sohn)

'Hugo' by Therese + Joel

Hugo’ by Therese + Joel

(Image credit: Therese + Joel)

Adrian and Lyoka 2010

’Adrian and Lyoka’ by Therese + Joel, 2010

(Image credit: Therese + Joel)

Themes of sexual desire and attraction

Stephen Irwin

(Image credit: Courtesy of Invisible Exports)

Themes of sexual desire and attraction

Stephen Irwin

(Image credit: Courtesy of Invisible Exports)

’Smoke’ by Sandy Kim

’Smoke’ by Sandy Kim

(Image credit: Sandy Kim)

Untitled from the ’Sea’ series

’Untitled’ from the ’Sea’ series, by Løber Nøgen

(Image credit: Løber Nøgen)

’Untitled’ from the ’Teenage’ series

’Untitled’ from the ’Teenage’ series by Joseph Szabo

(Image credit: Copyright Joseph Szabo, Courtesy Gitterman Gallery, New York)

Untitled from the ’Teenage’ series

’Untitled’ from the ’Teenage’ series by Joseph Szabo

(Image credit: Copyright Joseph Szabo, Courtesy Gitterman Gallery, New York)

Flowers from the ’Getting To Know My Husbands Cock

’Flowers’ from the ’Getting To Know My Husbands Cock’ series by Ellen Jong

(Image credit: Ellen Jong)

Cockatoos from the ’Getting To Know My Husbands Cock

’Cockatoos’ from the ’Getting To Know My Husbands Cock’ series by Ellen Jong

(Image credit: Ellen Jong)

’FDR’ Art attraction

’FDR’ by Cass Bird

(Image credit: Cass Bird)

’Untitled’ from the ’We Are’

’Untitled’ from the ’We Are’ series, by Caroll Taveras

(Image credit: Caroll Taveras)

Themes of sexual desire and attraction

Installation view of the 'We Are' series by Caroll Taveras

(Image credit: Caroll Taveras)

'Bodybuilding' themes of sexual desire and attraction

’Bodybuilding’ by Brian Finke

(Image credit: Brian Finke)

From the ’Bodybuilding’

From the ’Bodybuilding’ series by Brian Finke

(Image credit: Brian Finke)

Showcasing a mix of photographs that capture the themes of sexual desire and attraction

Showcasing a mix of photographs that capture the themes of sexual desire and attraction, as well as highlighting other photographic works that look to document our global obsession with the unforgiving Western ideal of physical beauty...

(Image credit: Press)

Float Gallery wants to explore the hazy lines of the rules of attraction.

... Float Gallery wants to explore the hazy lines of the rules of attraction.

(Image credit: Press)

For some, it’s all about the pursuit of a pair of perfectly modified breasts, for others, the need to achieve ultimate body symmetry and muscle tone...

For some, it’s all about the pursuit of a pair of perfectly modified breasts, for others, the need to achieve ultimate body symmetry and muscle tone...

(Image credit: Press)

Either way, the exhibition also talks about about the extreme lengths some people take to be seen as physically attractive to the opposite sex.

... either way, the exhibition also talks about about the extreme lengths some people take to be seen as physically attractive to the opposite sex.

(Image credit: Press)

ADDRESS

F.L.O.A.T. Gallery
300 West 22nd Street
NY
NY 10011

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