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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Joshua Raffell, Press Release

Press Release

Joshua Raffell

Artist In Residence studio1.1

The Framing Workshop

Felstead Rd

Hackney Wicked 2011

Taboos rear up on their hind legs (and in our faces) in this well-past-the-watershed art: what exactly are we looking at? Initially perhaps a strong impression of craft, a choice of gay (old sense) domestic fabrics, clearly-defiantly we might say- held together by stitching. (Whatever became of invisible mending?) Obviously were in the world of quilts. But then again –the other side of another watershed and they’re sculptures, totems, a soft-toy golden calf, clownish idiots our size occupying a space that could be playroom, carnival somehow never brothel – the fabric not covering a body but being it, embodied, emboldened exactly to the point of precisely not going to far. When we see, by turning the handle, what is that? We crank them into (real) life, make them do what comes naturally enough, if not normally to puppets or soft toys.

What they’re up to now is something satirical, conjured up by us. Unlike the idol (‘Gracieux fils de pan…’) of Rimbaud’s ‘illuminations’ these figures’ erotic energy is conjured up (wards) not by the poet’s imagining but by our actions, our curious ungodly touch. We set things in motion without maybe knowing what the result’s going to be. We’ve made the grotesque come alive with the outcome authentic panic-the unlicensed rite of Pan, right here in the gallery.

Writing by

Michael Keenan,

Keran James.


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