Archive for January, 2013


Getting Men (Back) in High Heels

25 January 2013

Louis XIV sports 'em

Louis XIV sports ’em

We men were there first, you know. Long before women sported high heels to accentuate their legs and curves, men looked to raised shoes to show off their social privilege. Whether as riding attire or as fashion to express nobility or just to add a few inches, the unwieldy design was employed. Heels languished for men during the democratic revolutions of the modern period. Only in the mid-19th century did women – usually for pornographic purposes – begin to make them fashionable for the fairer sex. BBC News offers an encylopedic review.

Will men look to heels again? Truthfully, they already are. “Raised heel” shoes add several inches to a man’s height, though companies assure their customers that the heel is “hidden.” I suspect it will take several decades for men to flaunt heels again, pending the cool-down of the current fitness craze and the arrival of an ostentatious “leisure class,” that is, an identifiable group of men who want to relay to the world that they can exist in a world of play, having evaded the typical demands of blue collar labor and white collar uniformity.


“Mel” Exhibit – January 4 in Sioux Falls

4 January 2013

I present at an upcoming art gallery opening. Consider yourselves invited.
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Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce

Sioux Falls, SD – December 19, 2012 – Ipso Gallery will host an art reception on Friday, January 4th, 2013 at Fresh Produce from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ‘Mel’ features work celebrating the creative process and vision of Mel Spinar through informal portraiture. For this particular show, Ipso Gallery is pleased to work with guest curator, Dr. Edward Welch, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Native American Studies at Augustana College.

Spinar’s work reflects on popular culture and the male presence in a series called Dakota Male Portraits. His keen observations create an informal yet genuine depiction of each personality, giving the work a vividly distinct familiarity and charisma.

Mel Spinar was born and raised in South Dakota. Spinar taught painting and drawing for 34 years in the Visual Arts Department at South Dakota State University. Spinar also taught at Sioux Falls College and the Civic Fine Arts Center. He is highly esteemed as both artist and art educator.

About Ipso Gallery:

Ipso Gallery serves the creative culture of Fresh Produce and downtown Sioux Falls by offering a place of artistic expression and collaboration, where artists and the community can actively engage in the discussion and conceptualization of contemporary art.

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