threesome

Threesome

Thu 11 Jan 2018 - Sun 04 Mar 2018

Threesome 

 A collaborative exhibition by three women painters in association with critic and invited curator Anna McNay, exploring the female gaze.

Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls, Sarah Jane Moon

 Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon are figurative artists, each with a distinctive and unique style, whose queer identities inform much of their work. These painters engage with the theme of sexuality in singular and compelling ways and offer arresting interpretations of the ‘female gaze’.

 For this show they will, for the first time, paint portraits of one another, alongside a new self-portrait. In addition to these three works by each artist, they will each paint a fourth work, a portrait of a model selected by Anna McNay.

 Differing notions of queer identity are explored here and this group invites aesthetic as well as ideological scrutiny. These gay women make bold, alluring, witty and deft works which will seek to foreground the idea of the female gaze and explore how they look at each other and themselves. The show’s title, ‘Threesome’ makes a coolly sardonic reference to the voyeuristic aspect of lesbian representation: any eroticism in these works is strictly intentional.

Anna McNay observes “Such an exhibition has never before been mounted. All women shows might be de rigueur (and most certainly of value), but, to my knowledge, there have been no all lesbian shows, certainly not featuring artists of such high quality, and whose portraits, while distinctive in style and method, will speak to one another, challenge and provoke.”

 This exhibition follows on from a ground-breaking exhibition of Queer British Art held between April – October 2017 at Tate Britian. The cut off date for inclusion in that show is 1967, this exhibition seeks to look at the female gaze now in 2017-18 and to address how these histories thrive in the contemporary art of today.