Nobuyoshi Araki | Athena Papadopoulos | Bunny Rogers | Diamond Antoinette Stingily | Hanna Törnudd | Karlheinz Weinberger


Take this Gum and Stick It | Curated by Nasrin Leahy


22 July - 27 August 2016

First encounters of passionate resonance often arise in our seemingly tender, adolescent years. A time of self-exploration, the first refutation of societal expectation. Sensations of rebellion and impulsion. A riotous dichotomy ensues as the adolescent embraces new desires while adult society desperately attempts to impose forsaken innocence, non-consensually.

But in our rooms we play other games and at the dance our eager gropes are shrouded in smoke.

Take this Gum and Stick it, addresses this onset of hedonistic desire. Artworks put in place aesthetically contain a certain level of naivete; lace materials, the predominance of pink and imagery of a delicate or effeminate nature all contribute to a sense of innocence and nostalgia. In contrast, the thematic direction of the exhibition combined with the artworks themselves, play to varied sexual dialogues. Each work functions as an unapologetic declaration of primordial attraction or adolescent urges. In its entirety, the exhibition is an ode to that period in one’s life (particularly if that individual is queer or female) when sex is presented as sensitive subject matter. Yet, it diverges from this tactful bestowal, demands agency and takes it by the balls.

Nasrin Leahy

Nobuyoshi Araki
Untitled
From the series Polanographs, 2003 – 2004
Polaroid, unique
4.25 x 3.5 inches (10.8 x 8.9cm)

Bunny Rogers
Self Portrait (Mourning Mop), 2013
Dye, mop, ribbon
50 x 10 inches (127 x 25.4cm)

Athena Papadopoulos
Lounge Lovers at Lupercalia (Forever’s Going to Start at Night), 2015
Pepto-Bismol, red wine, Crazy Colours hair dye, henna, lipstick, nail polish, self-tanner, Gaviscon, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, image transfers, bleach, pins, thread and fixative on bed sheet over canvas
98.4 x 74.8 inches (250 x 190 cm)

Diamond Antoinette Stingily
Disney Bytchez, 2013
Directed by Hiba Ali
Digital Video
1 minute 26 seconds

Diamond Antoinette Stingily
Disney Bytchez, 2013
Directed by Hiba Ali
Digital Video
1 minute 26 seconds

Metaphysical Scarf Experience (Hanna Törnudd)
X,O Letter Scarves, 2014
Handmade silk scarves, blanket, lamp
Dimensions variable

Karlheinz Weinberger
Romeo (Werner Berger) Boss Der Revenge Gang, Zurich, 1962
Signed in black ink verso
Geltain silver print
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.64), sheet