On the net four young gay men talk about the difficult terrain they have crossed to get to this point, sharing their struggles with school, bullying, racism, loneliness and prejudice, turning over current questions of identity and gender politics, the bonds and betrayals of friendship and their first thrilling, disappointing and troubling experiences of love. Over a year of broadcasts and Instagram streams and intense and supportive friendship, they experiment with multiple self-images and potential future trajectories, broadcasting in the process to a large online following.
The paintings in VOICE aim, across a high wire, to reveal through paradox - in stilled images and mute paint to describe and hold fast these fast-flowing narratives, that are at once richly articulate, funny, moving and empowering, and to bear witness to a moment of transition between teen years and adult life, between silence and voice.
Gavin Maughfling trained at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and the University of East London. He has shown internationally, including the Galerie Van der Planken and Elzenveld Foundation (Antwerp), the Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), the Pump House, Lounge and ICA Galleries (London), the Holland Art Fair (den Haag) and the Mostyn Biennial (Llandudno).
Recent exhibitions include Over Time (University of Greenwich and National Maritime Museum, London), Unnatural Histories (Sun Pier House, Chatham), Ruskin Shorts 13, selected by Elizabeth Price (Modern Art Oxford) and most recently ‘No Go’, a collaborative film made with Min-Wei Ting for In the Open at SIA Gallery, Sheffield. As the founder with Suzanne de Emmony of the artist-led curatorial team DEM Projects he has co-curated a number of international exhibitions, including Ghost on the Wire (Bermondsey Project Space), Mysterious Objects at Noon (Objectifs Singapore and ArtLacuna London), and Ghost on the Wire 2 (Objectifs Singapore).
We welcome you to this exhibition as part of the celebrations for Black History Month.