We had been chatting on Scruff for months, playing games, trading pics. I went over. We had some wine and then we fucked. I mean, a fuck is a fuck, right?
Exhibited together, like several, anonymous one night stands, And then we came is a one night exhibition at White Cubicle in The Queen Adelaide that confronts ideas regarding intimacy, spectatorship and queerness. Drawing from multiple sexual experiences, each piece becomes grounded in the understanding that through visual culture and body politics, there is the opportunity to envision a more valid and sustainable way of coexisting in the world.
Vika Kirchenbauer’s (b.1983) work, occupies the 'blue room' with her video PLEASE RELAX NOW (2014). The work “examines the overlap of current developments in performance art, art display, economics, marketing and the participatory nightmare of life and work.” Kirchenbauer urges visitors to re-claim the gallery and masturbate together, while questioning the capacity of art as a socio-political tool of sexual intervention.
In the 'mirror room' Paul Maheke (b.1985) creates a site-specific installation based off different hues and shades of light. On clear vinyl, adhered to a mirror, a poem written by Maheke titled Pornoscope (2013) is based on Foucault's Panopticon, and questions the role of the individual in relation to queered space, seemingly written for this alternative space.
DJ Dom Top will be mixing up some seriously sexy beats downstairs while both bars will be open.
Bring your friends, lovers, haters and mothers.
W. Giovanni Gonzales
Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist and writer currently working and residing in Berlin. In her work she explores opacity in relation to representation of the ʻotheredʼ through ostensibly contradictory methods like exaggerated explicitness, oversharing and perversions of participatory culture.
She examines the troublesome nature of “looking” and “being looked at” in larger contexts including labour within post-fordism and the experience economy, modern drone warfare and its insistence on unilateral staring, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, participatory culture, contemporary art display and queer representational politics as well as the everyday life experience of ambiguously gendered individuals.
Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts in about forty countries and has won prizes at festivals in the United States, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Norway, Slovakia, Poland, Bosnia and Italy.
Paul Maheke is an artist currently living and working in London. His practice focuses – through video, installation, sculpture and furtive interventions – on the body as both an archive and a territory. With particular attention to dance, he proposes to defuse the power relations that shape Western imaginations. Recently, Maheke initiated a series of public conversations at Open School East, Beyond Beyoncé: Use It Like a Bumper!, considering Hip-Hop cultures through the lens of Queer and Black Feminist theory. His solo shows I Lost of The Swarm and Green Ray Turns Out To Be Mauve were on show this spring at the South London Gallery and Green Ray.
Upcoming projects include: artist-in-residence, ImPulsTanz, Wien, Austria (August 2016); Take the Weight, SixtyEight Art Institute, cur. Tom Clark + Iben Elmstrom, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017).
The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery was founded by Pablo Leon de la Barra in 2005 and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. After being located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon public house for 10 years the gallery moved in 2015 with the George and Dragon landlords, Richard Battye and Liliana Sanguino, to their new pub the Queen Adelaide. Since it's inception White Cubicle has since been presenting a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commodified art scene. Past exhibitions have included Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Luis Venegas, Twinklife, Paola Revenoiti, Rocky Alvarez, Benedetto Chirco, STH Magazine, Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesc Ruiz, Sico Carlier, Stefan Benchoam, Thomas Dozol, Marco Rountree, Aleksandra Mir, Cameron Irving, the Hundley Twins, Tetine, Prem Sahib, Scott King, Jorge de la Garza and many others…
In words of Aleksandra Mir "White Cubicle has become the stamp of approval for any self respecting artist of our generation."