SMOOTH HOTEL – New fashion photos by Barbara Nitke
Clothes by Tom and Linda Platt
at Gansevoort 69
69 Gansevoort Street
New York City
May 4 – 30, 2010
Gallery hours 24/7
Artists reception Monday May 3, 2010 6:00-8:00 pm
SMOOTH HOTEL, a fashion/art show in New York’s Meatpacking District, will feature Barbara Nitke’s provocative photographs of chic people misbehaving in anonymous hotel settings. The series is in collaboration with New York fashion designers Tom and Linda Platt.
Opening night will feature smooth drinks and Nitke’s models, overdressed at the bar in their photo wardrobe.
Well known and highly regarded in the sexual underground for her behind-the-scenes documentation of hardcore porn sets and her intensely intimate images of sadomasochists, Nitke begins a new career chapter as a fashion photographer.
Her choice of a launch pad in the formerly dangerous Meatpacking District was deliberate. Gansevoort 69 is in the same location where the landmark diner, Florent, once reigned 24/7 as the favorite neighborhood place to go before or after a kinky night out.
“I absolutely adored this neighborhood back in the ‘90’s. I loved Hellfire, the Lure, the Vault – the transvestite hookers on the streets – it was a fantastic place.” Nitke says nostalgically, “After it changed, I boycotted the whole area. But recently I’ve realized that I’ve made the same mainstream transition myself. So now I’m embracing the change by having my new show here.”
TOM AND LINDA PLATT are known for dressing the famous and the infamous. Their timeless clothes have graced the pages of international publications as well as the bodies of well-heeled women from the White House to Wigstock. The Platt’s simple, modern pieces are a perfect counterpoint to Nitke’s images of people caught up in complicated love stories