David Lock, Gavin Maughfling, J A Nicholls: Between Parts Undone

” … identity will always be something that must be created. What we have on our hands is something that is essentially unfinished. Instead of looking for repose, instead of looking for some collective or individual “end of gay history” in the complete and full adequation of oneself, we had better accept the inevitably provisional unforeseeable character – on both the individual and collective levels – of what it means to be gay.”

Didier Eribon, ‘Insult and the Making of the Gay Self’.

With ‘between parts undone’ studio1.1 London welcomes three painters who collage and collate a definably queer identity. One pictured as contingent, not fixed, the outcome of a collective and individual challenge that is simultaneousy a liberation, in which that identity is reconsidered and re-formed.

“Our painting practices, in different ways, draw on some form of collage process, either manually or in the use of digital layering. To quote J. A. Nicholls : “ There’s something pleasingly excessive going on, beyond the idea of an ending (or an identity), a surplus aspect (or ‘plus-value’ to use a term used by Paul Ricoeur about metaphor) which emerges in some collage painting. It’s definitely active as it holds the viewer’s attention in the instance of a performance between parts. All our borrowing, displacement, transposition and deviation emphasises a doing rather than a done.”

‘between parts undone’ extends on the thesis proposed by Didier Eribon in ‘Insult and the Making of the Gay Self’, in which he suggests that queer identities are contingent, not fixed, and that, both collectively and individually, we are continually challenged and liberated to reconsider and re-form our identities in response to ever-changing contingencies, internal and external. Who are our ancestors, our heroes and heroines, our fathers and mothers? How has the history of those who came before us made us that which we are, and what legacy will we leave for those who come after us? There is no ‘there there’, or resolved state towards we march, except perhaps as a utopian ideal. Rather, our being, the shaping we make of ourselves and the narrative we construct to order our lives and our wider communities, are in a continual state of flux. This contingent state of fluidity presents us, not with a hindrance, but instead, with the boundless opportunity for creation and re-creation.

The exhibition creates a dialogue across the works of three painters in which these questions find echoes and different kinds of answers, drawn out of differing experiences. We are artists whose practices evidence a consciousness of our position as situated in the history of identity. In our work, representations of the self and the body are not necessarily ones most conventionally depicted in mainstream culture, including those predominating in queer cultural imagery. We are interested in new ways of exploring experience that respond to these ideas of contingency, to how we find things now, and to the new, fast-changing and increasingly fluid world we are in. We are interested in imagining new ways of being .”

David Lock, Gavin Maughfling, J.A. Nicholls.

Artists’ talk with Sacha Craddock on Sunday 9th February at 3pm

Duration 07 February 2020 - 01 March 2020
Times Thursday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Cost Free
Venue Studio 1.1
Address 57a Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
Contact / info@studio1-1.co.uk / www.studio1-1.co.uk

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