Leda Bourgogne | Heidi Bucher | Jacky Connolly | Jessica Diamond | Louis Eisner | Lali Foster | Joseph Geagan | Anne Imhof | Ross Iannatti | Yoan Mudry | Katja Novitskova | Lydia Ourahmane | Michael Ross | Emily Ludwig Shaffer | Anina Troesch | Franz West | Zoe Williams


11th November - 17th December 2016

Ellis King is delighted to present Skins – a group exhibition exploring the phenomena of tactility.  The show aims to acknowledge formal attributes in art and the effect it has on the onlooker; their reactions and subsequent interpretations.

‘Skin’ can imply a range of dichotomies: organic or contrived, protective or penetrable-idiosyncrasies visible in many of the works shown. It can also be seductive, and due to the palpable nature of the artworks, the spectator may be coerced to touch. Yet, in this context and environment, they must fight the inclination to do so. In many cases touch is necessary – to touch is often to know. Here, touch is met with condemnation; a slap on the wrist, or more appropriate form of admonishment.

‘Skin’, by disposition, does not solely provide a façade; it absorbs and consumes. Much like the viewer at the exhibition, who is forced to articulate their visceral experiences into intangible thought.

So when approach is limited, how well do we manage our constraint? Accept the limitation or try desperately to subdue the desire for further exploration?

Give them an inch, they say.

Yet, on the contrary, when we are met with the exposed do we become roused or avert our senses to the benign?

Michael Ross
Doppleganger IV, 2016
Rubber thimble, steel wool
3.7 x 2 x 2cm  (1.45 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches)

Emily Ludwig Shaffer
My Jungle, 2016
Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
187.3 x 156.8cm  (73.75 x 61.75 inches)

Zoe Williams
Pel remnants (Smoking in Furs), 2016
Assorted furs, Sobraine Cocktail cigarette butts, perfume
(Nishane – Sultan Vetiver)
Dimensions variable

Yoan Mudry
Oops I Did it Again, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry
Your Day Job, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry
If Value, Then Copy, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry
The Seductive Way, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry
Dirty Ghost, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry
Flux Paranoia, 2016
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm  (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Heidi Bucher
Untitled, undated
Latex, mother of pearl, textile
57 x 36 cm  (22.4 x 14.2 inches)

Ross Iannatti
Hysteresis no.62, 2016
Silicone coated nylon fabric, sodium azide, residue, wood
245 x 210 cm  (96 x 47.25 inches)

Louis Eisner
Foreskin, 2016
Pencil on paper in artist’s frame
38 x 44 cm  (14.96 x 17.32 inches)

Jacky Connolly
Tales From the Borscht Belt, 2016
Digital video
11 minutes and 34 seconds

Lydia Ourahmane
+44(0)7508706907, 2016
Durational performance
GSM Bugging Device, SIM card
Active 24 / 7

Franz West
Caldare (A mobile stove sculpture object), 1991
Bronze pot on a steel welded base, white lacquered sheet, gas burner, spherical castors for movement, handle for flame control
Dimensions of pot : 23 x 27cm (9.05 x 10.63 inches)
Base: 82 x 47 x 40

Katja Novitskova
Innate Disposition 5, 2012
Digital print on aluminum, cutout display
170 x 128 cm (66.92 x 50.39 inches)
Edition 1/1 (+1AP)

Lali Foster
Sound of a Beer Can Tab Popping Open, 2016
Pencil drawing, frame, hardware, burnt silk ribbon, laser cut wood, paint
Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan
Seashell Superstar, 2016
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Jessica Diamond
Being Necessitates Faith in Paper, 1989 / 2016
Acrylic wall painting
Dimensions variable

Anne Imhof
Horizont V, 2014
Black dibond etching
135 x 100 cm  (53.15 x 39.4 inches)

Anina Troesch
Ladder 1, 2016
Fabric, foam
Dimensions variable

Leda Bourgogne
Desire Lacks Authority, 2016
Concrete, plaster
Dimensions variable