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Coming in

An immersive exhibition exploring queerness in the home, inspired by the domestic realm of 19th-century aesthetes Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon.

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September 2021

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' reimagined 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.

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The space

Highlights of the show included Sid Henderson's terracotta vessels, 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 Rad Husak’s cyanotypes.

Featured alongside these works were books curated by Room & Book, antiques and scented candles by Dorian Caffot de Fawes and hand-painted lampshades by Alvaro Picardo.​

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Watercolours

In his watercolours, Peter Ibruegger 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 works 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's art 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.

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Law Quilt

Robin Bray-Hurren created the Law Quilt in response to materials in the Edward James Archive, in particular a collection of James' writings from the early 1960s on homosexuality and morality, which includes discussion of police entrapment.

 

The hand-pieced quilt is constructed from sections of fabric cyanotype-printed with laws used in mid 20th Century America to persecute lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, and transgender people.