The limp and quiver of suspended flesh, flashes of encroaching physical decay and the decline of desirability set against the remainder of a will to beauty, the works in this show are an attempt to essay the experience of aging and interrogate the role of self mythology and retained adolescent intensity in the process of entering the middle years.
New video work ‘Come Here Precious’ takes its cue from internet cam girls: the invitation of the anonymous male gaze and appropriates this format to recreate an iconic scene from Silence of the Lambs. The claustrophobic framing and ungainly quasi-adolescent dance create an awkward yet titillating performance where the pathos and vulnerability of the proffered attempt at enticing sexulity is violently disrupted by the sudden obliteration of he on screen image.
Drawing and sculpture combine withtin the installation ‘Permanent Monument’. The fondant pinks of teenaged girl’s bedrooms co-mingled with funerary forms, the abject properties of latex and loosley applied watercolour forming the empty optimism of the text ’18 til I die’ provoke questions as to the nature of legacy and provide a hollow elegy for a portion of life which is being clung to whilst inexorably slipping away.
Two channel video installation ‘Infinite Want/No Hands to Help Yourself’ brings together the throwaway glamour of hand hand drawn leopard print the wheedling repetition of the word please and the unceasing image of a pair of tights flaling and twisting in the air to create a plaintive visual cri de coeur.
Taking it’s title from Philip Larkin, this show examines themes of sexuality and self-definition within early middle age and the eternal teenager residing in the adult.
Comprised of video, text, sculpture and performance to camera, drawing references from trash cinema to Barthes ‘Lover’s Discourse’ it evokes notions of impermanence, thwarted optimism and attention seeking displays of emotional manipulation.
10.07.12 — 17.07.12
Fri — Sat: 12:00 — 18:00
Sundays: 12:00 — 17.00 (or by appointment)