Davy Pittoors presents COMING IN, an immersive exhibition exploring queerness in the home, inspired by the domestic realm of 19th-century aesthetes Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon.
Contemporaries of Oscar Wilde - who described their homes as ‘the one place in London where you will never be bored’ - Ricketts’ and Shannon’s domestic life was built around an appreciation of art, partnership and community, providing fertile ground for queer intimacy among their set.
COMING IN reimagines Ricketts' and Shannon’s ethos, bringing together a diverse range of artists, makers and businesses to explore the multi-faceted relationship between sexuality, domesticity, aesthetics, collecting and consuming.
Highlights of the show included Sid Henderson's terracotta pieces, Kavel Rafferty’s ‘Queer Flower’ work, Peter Ibruegger’s watercolours, Will Martin’s urns and ceramics, Robin Bray-Hurren’s ‘Law Quilt’, Trey Hurst’s ‘Wood Block’, and Radek Husak’s cyanotypes.
The space also hosted events throughout the week, including Rachael House’s ‘Queer Voices’ workshop, a preview of Owen Duff’s queer concept album ‘bed’, life drawing hosted by Miles Coote, ‘Pride is a Protest’ flagmaking with Jack Ravi, and an urban beekeeping and honey tasting workshop with Pearly Queen Honey.
The show culminated with a closing dinner by Will Martin, serving family recipes in his handmade bowls.
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Watercolours by peter ibruegger
Peter Ibruegger is a London-based German / Hong Kong Chinese artist. In his watercolours Peter explores themes of hybrid identity in multiple layers being a biracial man, yoga teacher and queer artist. He brings to life images of public sex infused with a unique interpretation derived from his meditation and yogic practices.
These take us on a journey from free for all of the relatively permissive sauna to the more riskier and observable settings of public toilets and open spaces. This fuses concepts of sex as catharsis while paying homage to stereotypes of satisfying efficient need against a background of Eastern spirituality.
Peter invites the onlooker to delve into the joyous yet temporary nature of public sexual existence while also observing the meditative qualities such interactions may have. In a time where peoples' lived sexual experience is transitioning from the physical to the virtual space. Peter’s perspective reflects on classical gay sexual practices which while obscure are nonetheless present.
Ceramic urns by will martin
"Chained together or completely closed off, these urns playfully question our relationships with ourselves and each other. ‘Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales’ - Mentalhealth.org.uk
My Neo-Classical ceramic urns are a way of addressing the roots of Western masculinity. Victorian exports, including ceramics, disseminated a national identity that was supposed to be shared internationally by the subjects of the Empire. This nation-building exercise, I believe, was invested in the production of specific kinds of gender, specifically, mobilising a militarised masculinity.
My urns address this history, a legacy I was subject to growing up in Cape Town, South Africa. My porcelain chains further address this history through their haptic expression of masculinity’s strength and brittleness." - Will Martin