01 May 2014 to 25 May 2014
Opening times:

Thursday 1 May, 7pm - 9pm (evening view)

Regular hours: Wed. -  Sat. 11am - 6pm, Sun. 12 - 5pm


Time Out First Thursdays Evening View: Thurs. 1 May, 7pm - 9pm
With Exclusive Performance Piece


Exhibition Open: 13/4/14 - 25/5/14

"The unsung hero of the London underground art scene"
- Wolfgang Tillmans

"He dragged me by the hair around the dancefloor. I finally felt alive!"
- Susanne Oberbeck, (No Bra)

For his first solo show the multi disciplinary artist exhibits a series of collages compiled from

heterosexual porn magazines ("because it's cheaper than gay porn"), depicting cut-up body

parts and limbs that form hybrid humanoid entities, often entangled in apparently sexual

positions, or trying to look sexy - yet the titles imply representations of institutions and

figures of authority, or clichés of heroic manly behavior and technology used perhaps in

cheap book titles.


These entities, while satirizing are also carving out a place outside of binary structures and

judgment, western ideas about hierarchy and cause and effect. Aimlessly menstruating legs

and seemingly non sensical sex positions undermine notions of agency and purpose, like

sluggish, proliferating creatures exhibiting a "vampiric relationship between body and mind

that is holding back evolution", trying to escape outdated 20th century ideas about sex and

human interaction.


The seemingly inappropriate and cheap sexualization of institutions and figures of authority

- the pope, the law, architecture, politics, power, language - largely made up of female porn

models' body parts - images that would traditionally be perceived as immoral and irrational

- highlights a hypocrisy of associating power and authority with masculine qualities.


Subverting gender expectations and placing itself outside ideas about morality and

judgement ("boogie man" is in fact an entity made up of lush female breasts and body

parts), the artist is not only poking fun, but also imagines more poetic, future human and

sexual interactions as well as reproduction ("birth") that incorporate objectification and

narcissism instead of dismissing them.


The playful, machine-like creatures are reminiscent of Deleuze and Guattari's notion of

"becoming" as well as William Burroughs cut-up narratives intended to subvert western

binary language systems - but unlike Burroughs Rax largely uses images of women to

illustrate his ideas - which could be seen as feminist or simply because they were cheaper.

- Susanne Oberbeck (No Bra)

Event Address: 
The Residence Gallery
229 Victoria Park Road
E9 7HD