Charlie Murphy: The Anatomy of Desire

A text + work Exhibition, the Arts University College at Bournemouth

8 February 2010 – 5 March 2010
Gallery Event : Friday 12 February 2010, 6.30-9pm
Artist Talk, Live Performance, Book Launch & Reception

text+work, the Arts University College at Bournemouth is pleased to announce The Anatomy of Desire, a groundbreaking solo exhibition by Charlie Murphy that examines the forms, issues and dialogues of intimacy through sculpture, video, music and live art. The exhibition is complimented by a publication with three incisive texts by Luce Irigaray, Alistair Gentry, and Leonore Tiefer.

The Anatomy of Desire brings together over ten years work and research into a variety of expressions of desire. Since 1999, Murphy has been asking participants to donate casts of kisses and other intimate spaces to her project and has collected them from all over the world through her trademark ‘kiss-in’ events and open invitations. Asking couples, friends, and strangers to hold their pose for 90 seconds, she subsequently transforms their casts into glass sculptures through elaborate mould making processes.

Now realized as a powerful installation of illuminated sculptures and video, this work will present an extraordinary survey of the kiss and a fascinating perspective on the hidden forms and of desire.

“Kissing one another is as much birth as mourning in a way, but it is a path that can lead us to what would be eternity, a shared eternity.” [Luce Irigaray]

Set to an experimental soundtrack, Murphy’s mesmerizing video also offers a unique insight into the act and dynamics of the kiss, while the sound of kissing is conceptualized through percussive, electronic and choral instrumentation by emerging composer Jorge Queijo.

The accompanying publication explores issues of desire, the problems of representation and language to describe these experiences. Specially commissioned texts, ‘The Archive of Imaginary Interiors’ by artist and writer, Alistair Gentry; ‘Towards the Sharing of an Invisible Touch’ by Feminist and Cultural Theorist, Luce Irigaray; and ‘On Kissing’ by New York-based sexologist, Leonore Tiefer complete the text+work project.

The Anatomy of Desire is supported by a Grant for Art Arts Council England Award and ArtSway Artist Associates programme, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

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