inkedKenny exhibition at Leather Archives starts Jan. 26

One of many photos to be on display during the “MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny” exhibition at the Leather Archives & Museum starting Jan. 26. (Photo courtesy of LA&M)

CHICAGO — An exhibition of works by photographer inkedKenny opens on Friday, Jan. 26, in the Guest Artist Gallery at the Leather Archives & Museum.

The Archives said in a press release that an opening reception for the exhibition is Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission for the reception is free, but 21 and over only. refreshments will be served. inkedKenny will be in attendance to talk about his photography and what inspired many of his black-and-white and color images included in the show. Refreshments will be served.

For the exhibition, called “MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny”, the photographer has selected a range of his erotic/fetish photography from the last several decades, a cross-section of black-and-white and color images that highlight male sexual energy and identity.

“Art goes levels deeper. Art inflames, incites, sparks conversation and debate. Art hits you in the brain pan, the heart, the gut and the crotch, and when it’s really good, it can do it all at the same time in the milliseconds it takes for you to draw breath to gasp at its insolence…its magnificence,” inkedKenny said in the release.

inkedKenny, who lives in Canada, has a long career in photography including fetish, style and fashion photography. He’s worked with companies such as Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Nike and Levis and photographed celebrities like Sandra Bernhardt and Carrie Anne Moss. He’s also worked with Cirque de Soleil, the Toronto International Film Festival and Northbound Leather.

The exhibition will run through June 7. Entrance to the exhibit is included with the Archive’s admission fee. LA&M hours are  Thursdays and Fridays, 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 5 PM. Last admission to the museum is ½ hour before closing. Admission is 18+ only; $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and military personnel. Every Thursday is a free admission day.

This story originally appeared on The Illinois Eagle.