Our mission is to share who we are as human beings,
to build a community accepting of ourselves and each other.
Through interactive public art events we follow our vision
to inspire human connection around the world.
Since 2007, Andy Golub has painted bodies in the public streets of New York City on hundreds of occasions. At first glance, these performances may seem innocuous, but they actually address a variety of societal issues:
- Contrast between art and advertising in the public space; - Role of street art versus gallery art; - Appropriateness of public nudity; - Distinction between nudity and sexuality; and - Use of the human form as an aesthetic versus personal identity.
These performances led to arrests in 2011, which were subsequently dismissed. In 2013, the NY Police Department acknowledged that public nudity is legal for the sake of art. One year later, with the help of many people in both the nudist community and from the body painting community, Andy organized the first NYC Bodypainting Day. By 2016, Bodypainting Day had expanded to Amsterdam, Brussels and San Francisco.
In January of 2017, Andy launched the non-profit organization, Human Connection Arts. HCA is now producing all Bodypainting Day events as well as new dynamic public events involving various art forms.
Andy's art has had a significant impact on artists, models and the public. By building a talented board and staff, Human Connection Arts will continue and expand on advancing these values.
- Forming a unique connection between artist and model during body painting - Sharing the connection and transformational process with the public - Showing by example that following your dreams or inspirations is possible - Infusing the public space with non-commercial, artistic expression - Displaying our vulnerabilities as models and artists for the public