Hard bodies is a soft, fleshy, tongue-in-cheek play on the fallacy of the constructs of imaginary male corporeality. Body exists as a spectrum of constantly changing parameters, however when the body is explored as corporeally unstable, shifting, unfixed, and malleable, the raw physicality of the body is thought of as divided. Social, cultural and symbolic contexts construct the abject physicality of the body as in-between, excessive and fluid as a feminine trait. Instead, hard, built, strong and muscular are some words associated with male corporeality.
Hard Bodies flips back and forth between dispelling and exploiting the hard, impenetrable and fixed imaginary male body image. The body and relationships between subject and object are reconstructed and reimagined through peep-holes, voyeuristic videos and sculptural works. These works derail both the informal and formal constructs of the male body by exploring the marginal, penetrable and transformative capacity of male and masculine corporeality.
Exhibited at Sawtooth ARI, in Launceston, Tasmania in 2017.
As seen on TV [UNCUT], 2017, 5 min, 08 seconds video shown at Sawtooth Gallery as part of Hard Bodies.
Untitled. [Fondle], 2017, Looped video shown at Sawtooth Gallery as part of Hard Bodies.