Installation view featuring Slow Burn (tendril) (2017), acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre lengths

Installation view featuring Slow Burn (tendril, threshold, swag) (2017), acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre lengths, Sun on your skin, that kind of feeling (2017) coloured gel on fluorescent lights; Relief Relief (2017) acrylic paint on layered tissue paper

(L) Adam (2017) acrylic paint on paper, 42 x 29cm, (R) Oliver (2017) acrylic paint on paper, 42 x 29cm

Slow Burn (tendril) (2017) (detail)

Slow Burn (threshold) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre lengths; Gift of tongues (2017) 2 wall mounted speakers, 50-minute looped, recorded soundtrack

Relief Relief (2017) acrylic paint on layered tissue paper

Slow Burn (swag) (2017) (detail)

Slow Burn (ornament) (2017) (detail)

Kissing Seat (2017) Stained Ash wood bench; Slow Burn (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre lengths; Gift of tongues (2017) 2 wall mounted speakers, 50-minute looped, recorded soundtrack; Relief Relief (2017) acrylic paint on tissue paper; Gift of tongues (2017) 2 wall mounted speakers, 50-minute looped, recorded soundtrack

Kissing Seat (2017) Stained ash wood bench

Gift of tongues (2017) 2 wall mounted speakers, 50-minute looped soundtrack; Bruno (2017) acrylic on paper, 29 x 42cm; Slow Burn (pause) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre lengths

Bruno (2017) acrylic paint on paper, 29 x 42cm

Slow Burn (pause)(detail) (2017), acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings, 12 x 10-metre length

PLEASURE IS A WEAPON

Solo exhibition at Grand Union, Birmingham (2017)

Acrylic paint on cotton rope, tissue paper and watercolour paper, steel fixings, stained ash wood seat, lighting gels, 2-speaker looped soundtrack made in collaboration with Simon Bayliss (50’00”). Listen to soundtrack HERE.

‘Pleasure is a Weapon is the first UK solo exhibition by artist Susie Green. Working in a range of media across sculpture, performance and painting, this presentation celebrates the body as a site for pleasure and politics.

The installation of sound, objects and painted works that make up Pleasure is a Weapon probe at feelings and recollections surrounding both immediate and remote sexual intimacy. Green’s typically economic use of materials enmeshes with her preoccupation with fetish and form to create an environment in which feelings are inhabited through the ornamental and physical properties of materials.

Not only an exercise in re-presenting desire but also an attempt to indulge corporeal pleasures, the space of the exhibition invites a sensual encounter between artist, object and viewer’.

 

Supported by Arts Council England

Cover image: Exhibition flyer designed by An Endless Supply

Photos: Patrick Dandy