Sensually described as 'a golden shower of aromas, sensitivities and tastes, sweating with femininity, sexuality and sensation', the new group show 'Girl on Girl' features the work of female artists, One Thoresby Street's Rebecca Ounstead, artist, stylist and art director Lara Angol, and previous Converse/Dazed Art Prize-winner Samara Scott. Curated by Candice Jacobs who plays with notions of femininity, the show allows her to exploit her position as curator, the communications manager, finance manager and PR of the gallery, forming several aspects of the exhibition. Situating new works from the three female artists together, here Jacobs talks us through her exhibition, exploring the tactile tension between texture, surface and material by using products and styling used within design, fashion and femininity.
Dazed Digital: What's the story behind the title of the exhibition?
Candice Jacobs: To be honest, who doesn’t want to see a bit of Girl on Girl action? In hindsight, it should have been called Girl on Girl on Girl as there’s three female artists in the show… As an artist, I use exhibition making as a way of exploring my own practice. With this show I was interested in playing with notions of femininity, exploiting my position as a woman and as the curator, the communications manager, finance manager and PR person of the gallery; to create the hype, the brand, the sensation and the interpretation of an exhibition.
Being in a situation where you are in control of all aspects of exhibition making is empowering, you perform every role that needs to take place within running a business. When I think of running a business I think about men in suits, high heels and coffee, flirting and fake smiles. I hope that Girl on Girl acts as a place of escapism from day to day life, and as the dirty thought that takes place at your desk.
DD: How did you attempt to confront the theme of 'uncomfortable eroticism between textures, products, fashion and style'?
Candice Jacobs: The works of Lara Angol, Rebecca Ounstead and Samara Scott explore the tension between texture, surface and material by using products and styling associated with design, fashion and femininity. By bringing the work of these three artists together I was hoping to create a sense of awkward tension between these elements.
DD: What are you attempting to do with the embodiment or presentation of 'sensitivities, tastes, femininity, sexuality and sensation' in the exhibition?
Candice Jacobs: Sensitivities are created by the artists’ choice of materials that relate to their observations as women.
Tastes are subjective to the viewer.
Femininity is soft, warm, pink and sexy; yet menstrual, argumentative and uncontrollable.
Sexuality is the attraction, obsession and stripping naked of objects and materials.
Sensation is the result.
DD: What is the significance of the particular aesthetic used in the show?
Candice Jacobs: There is definitely something about the aesthetic in the show. The colour palette could have been taken from the high street or a fashion house. Lara Angol works for a very well known fashion brand, and you can see the influence that this has had over her work. Samara Scott’s work alludes to the everyday, the supermarket is her playground of materials. Whether its Lenor, Dove, a dishwasher tablet, a hair scrunchie or a dog chew, its amazing the beautiful aesthetic that resonates from her personal collections.
DD: What's next?
Candice Jacobs: On 2 May Rebecca Ounstead will be choreographing a performance around her sculptural work displayed in the show. This event forms part of Artnot Lates, an evening of late night openings of Nottingham based arts venues.
The next collection of exhibitions and events in the Attic sit in line with the forthcoming show by Mark Leckey at Nottingham Contemporary, and will respond to mass media and digital aesthetics, technology, existential experience and altered states of reality. The programme will feature an exhibition launching on 30 May called OD that alludes to On Demand TV and to an overdose of information created via consistent additions to mass media content featuring Alex da Corte, Dora + Maja, Tom Godfrey, Candice Jacobs, Oval Office, Laure Prouvost, James Richards, Matt Stokes, Zoe Williams; an online exhibition I have put together for Nottingham Contemporary & Sleeping Upright called Dry Wipe featuring Lara Angol, Dora Budor, Maja Cule, Kah Bee Chow, Jesse Darling, Alexandra Gorczynski, Mia Goyette, Berry Patten; and a closing event on 28 June for Mark Leckey’s show, that responds to his work Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore called Cocktail.
Cocktail is co-curated with Glasgow-based artist Zoe Williams & Bristol based Lucie Akerman and will transform the cavernous Space at Nottingham Contemporary into a nightclub and live television broadcast inspired by dance music culture, trends, branding, digital aesthetics and notions of euphoria; featuring electronic music by Nottingham born Rokk (Body Talk), Bristol based club night DirtyTalk and Glasgow based outfit Lovers’ Rights, alongside artworks, performances and an online exhibition in association with It's Our Playground.
Further down the lines in the Attic exhibition programme I am working on a show called On The Rocks, with this show I am particularly interested in power structures and gender. All the artists will be male. Works I am selecting all deal with rocks in some way. I am interested in the masculinity attached to men working with the earth and the exaggerated power assumed by men who work with their hands. Workmen.
The Attic at One Thoresby Street - ARTNOT LATES: 7pm - 10pm, 2 May 2013
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