Towards (dis)Satisfaction

Booth, Anastasia Gaea (2015) Towards (dis)Satisfaction. [Visual Artwork]

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Hosted at Blindside Artist-Run Initiative (Melbourne) the exhibition Towards (dis)Satisfaction (2015) was a re-staging of earlier sculptural works from the exhibitions Means are the Ends: The Command Issue and Crude Tools (2014), Feeble Actions (2013). The forms humorously interrogated representations of gender and sexuality via strategies of sculptural intervention. A stripper’s pole oozes grease from its stainless surface, fluted with holes. A dildo vibrates on a glass tabletop; propped up by simulated testicles, the intensity of the dildo’s vibrations makes the form spin. With its continual circling, the phallus drags Vaseline over the table, performing a drawing and redrawing of a smeared circle. In Towards (dis)Satisfaction fetish is used as an instrumental strategy, employed as a mode to work across different theoretical and material discourses. In the works the play between explicit and implicit depiction creates an ambiguity that has suggestive potency, where fragmentation and dysfunction initiate diverse readings. These material dialogues make apparent the anxiety and desire inherent in the viewer and question how the visual conventions of erotica and art history are mutually informative.

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ID Code: 92793
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Sculpture- glass, vaseline, found objects, synthetic hair, gold, resin
Measurements or Duration: dimensions variable
Number of Pieces: 4
Location: From date: To date:
BLINDSIDE GALLERY Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia 2015-02 2015-03
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Keywords: Feminism, Sexual Fetishism, Contemporary Sculpture, Sexuality, Contemporary art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Anastasia Booth
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2016 23:20
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 05:39

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