DOUBTFUL PLEASURE, 2004

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Following the success of this exhibition, funding was obtained from the Arts & Humanities Research Board to curate a further exhibition to take place at APT Gallery in Deptford, London, and to research material for an article to be published in Miser & Now, a journal of contemporary art and culture. The research investigated the practices of nine contemporary British artists working across a range of fine art media, whose work involved a physical and bodily engagement with materiality, and asked how pleasure might act as a central mobilising force in these artists working processes. Further support was gained from Arts Council England in order to commission, transport and install new works from the artists.
The exhibition, Doubtful Pleasures, took place in November/December 2004, and included sculpture, video and installation by Jo Addison, Veronique Chance, Leila Galloway, Adam Gillam, Max Mosscrop, Clunie Reid, Alice Walton and Simon Wells.
The journal article Doubtful Pleasures was published in the November 2004 issue of Miser & Now which was dedicated to the theme of pleasure. Miser and Now is a quarterly visual arts magazine edited and published by the Keith Talent Gallery, London. The article examined the practices of the exhibited artists, considered alongside a painting by Canaletto depicting the interior of the Rotunda in the Pleasure Gardens at Ranelagh, in order to illuminate the diversity and nature of pleasure. The journal also included commissioned articles further investigating the theme of pleasure by 15 other writers.
This research was innovative in its aims to explore the role of pleasure as a motivating force in contemporary art practice, and to explore connections between this practice and recent critical theory investigating embodiment and the senses.