This painting by artist Rene Smith was on display during Bushwick Open Studios 2013, an annual community arts event in Brooklyn. The artist takes as her subject the naked male body, transformed by a woman's gaze. I only showed the PG-rated portion of the work. Something about this particular painting captivates me, something more than the fact that the subject looks like a man I used to know a long time ago. Maybe it's the way the eyes look out at us, steady and vaguely amused, communicating a kind of trust, a willingness to be revealed.