Installation of group exhibition featuring work by Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams & Deniz Ünal

White Figure (2019) Pink Figure (2019), acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper. 220 x 120cm (white) 220 x 98cm (pink).

White Figure (2019) Acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper

White Figure (detail) (2019)

White Figure (detail) (2019)

White Figure (detail) (2019)

Pink Figure (2019) Acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

'Slow Burn' (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. Commissioned by Grand Union, Birmingham as part of 'Pleasure is a Weapon' solo exhibition at Grand Union (2017).

Installation: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal

'Slow Burn' (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. (Commissioned by Grand Union, Birmingham). On monitor: Julie Béna 'Who wants to be my horse?' (2019).

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings.

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings.

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. With work by Zoe Williams.

'Slow Burn' (2017) (detail) with Zoe Williams 'Orgy Urn' (2011-2012)

SOMETHING SOFT

New and existing works presented for group exhibition at Kunstraum, London (2019).

Pink Figure (2019) White Figure (2019), acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper. Two oversized, cut-out tissue paper fetish figures hung flat on the gallery wall. The delicacy of the material construction resulted in the works occasionally fluttering away from the wall, lifting gently due to air-currents caused by audience movement.

Slow Burn (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. This work meandered through and tied up the gallery space, creating a gradient composition in space, whilst framing and protecting other works in the exhibition.

‘Touching on ideas of seduction, sensuality and transgression, ‘Something soft’ delves into the shifting grounds between sex and intimacy. The exhibition intersects the works of Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams and Deniz Ünal, to consider how objects facilitate intimacy and the importance of trust and solidarity. While coming from female perspectives ‘Something soft’ subverts the conflation of softness with femininity– reclaiming tenderness as something which exists beyond gendered norms.

The artists’ spatial interventions, sound works, performances, video and sculpture, flirt with sexual intimacy, power exchange, consensual pain, bodily smells or liquids, bondage and ritual. But rather than sensationalising sexual pleasure, ‘Something soft’ foregrounds moments of interaction – touch, spaces between communication, the things which go unsaid – to which the sex act itself can be seen as a by-product’.

 

Photos: Tim Bowditch