The Fetish Of Intimacy

12 May 2012 – 13 May 2012

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  • Bus numbers 26, 55, 149, 242, 243 all go within a 5 minute walk from the gallery
  • Nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street and Old Street.
  • Shoreditch overground is a 5 minute walk from the gallery.
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The Fetish Of Intimacy is a photographic exploration into forms of fetishism relating to the obsessive devotion to intimacy and beauty. The themes explored range from alienation and emotional intimacy to narcissism, spanning across contemporary portraiture and alternative photographic mediums. Split into two sections, The Fetish Of Intimacy is a display of two inherently different perspectives on photography as a medium and art form, and on the theme of obsessive devotion to intimacy, both physical and emotional. The works exhibited in this unique event include: a rigorous investigation of emotional connections and strangers; a contemporary photographic interpretation of the myth of Narcissus; the visual expression of both contributors' views on intimacy; and more. The ground floor of Space 54's intimate interior is inhabited by the work of Gordon Mills, an exploration into narcissism, vanity and perceptions of beauty. Included in the show is the project ‘Narcissus', which attributes a modern context to the Greek myth, transferring it into the genre of fashion in the modern world. The photographer, originally from the Cotswolds, has long been fascinated by society's views on beauty and the controversy behind them. This fascination has been the driving force behind the projects exhibited, and indeed, most of Mills' work. The basement of Space 54 houses selected work by Frederick Bell, the subterranean space relating well to the themes of alienation explored within the photographer's work. The most prominent project on display uses X-ray film as a photographic medium to produce eerie transparencies, presented on a light-box, as a cathartic investigation into emotional intimacy. The work continues along a similar vein, exploring emotional alienation and longing. Bell, from Kent, recurrently expresses emotional desires and trials within his work, using imagery in a therapeutic, autobiographical way. The Fetish Of Intimacy is a one-off, short-term exhibition by photographers Gordon Mills and Frederick Bell, running from 12th-13th May 2012, with a private view on the Sunday 13th. Selected works within the exhibition are available for purchase, upon enquiry with the respective artist.

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