Shaun Berke's Wet Nuns
Shaun Berke's classical inclinations are undeniable, but his subject matter is far from conventional. Don't mind our pun--conventional, ha--because Berke's stunning series of figurative paintings feature nuns engaging in erotically-charged scenes of "baptism," the original wet t-shirt contest. Berke's technical chops are outstanding and his ability to lend a complexity and darkness to what in concept could be silly scenes of debauchery in the convent is apparent. "When principles are put the the question," Berke writes, "there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns. Drink Venezia dry."