Group exhibition at Kunstraum, London (2019) Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams, and Deniz Ünal
Creatures of love (II), (III) (2019) acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper
Two oversized, tissue paper figures are dressed, decorated, and ready to fall in love. The delicacy of the material construction results 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 meanders through and ties 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’.
(Kunstraum press release).
Photos: Tim Bowditch