Take this Gum and Stick it at Ellis King

August 25th, 2016|

Bunny Rogers - Self Portrait (Mourning Mop), 2013

Artists: Nobuyoshi Araki, Athena Papadopoulos, Bunny Rogers, Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Hanna Törnudd, Karlheinz Weinberger

Exhibition title: Take this Gum and Stick it

Curated by: Nasrin Leahy

Venue: Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Date: July 22 – August 27, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Ellis King, Dublin

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

Take this Gum and Stick it - Installation View I

Take this Gum and Stick it - Installation View II

Take this Gum and Stick it - Installation View III

Take this Gum and Stick it - Installation View IV

Take this Gum and Stick it - Installation View V

Athena Papadopoulos - Lounge Lovers at Lupercalia (Forever’s Going to Start at Night), 2015

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)

Bunny Rogers - Self Portrait (Mourning Mop), 2013

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

Diamond Antoinette Stingily - Disney Bytchez, 2013

Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Disney Bytchez, 2013
Directed by Hiba Ali, Digital Video, 1′ 26″

Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Disney Bytchez, 2013
Directed by Hiba Ali, Digital Video, 1′ 26″

Karlheinz Weinberger - Romeo (Werner Berger) Boss Der Revenge Gang, Zurich, 1962

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

Metaphysical Scarf Experience (Hanna Törnudd) - X,O Letter Scarves, 2014

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

Nobuyoshi Araki - Untitled, 2003 – 2004

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