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Gentlemen's Toilet

This installation suggests connections, crossovers and stereotypes within and between religion, sexuality and ethnicity. It is provoked by a fascination in domestic and ecclesiastic rituals, manifest in the obsessive-compulsive aspects of my practice. The discipline of making is confused with obsession, making the ritual in a sense obsolete and meaningless but ironically, by its very devotion and proliferation, profound.

The location of the Male toilets in this site-specific work is significant for many reasons; the toilet is a private and closeted space, where many acts aside from defecation and urination occur; toilets are used for sexual encounters, masturbation, and drug taking. Toilets are where secrets are told, conversations overheard; a space where one can hide; hiding paradoxically alleviates the shame felt from socially unacceptable behaviours (sex to a devout Christian, homosexual sex whilst one is ‘in the closet’, the obsessive-compulsive aspect of my practice).

The word Boob is a slang term for breast. It is also a name for an ignorant or foolish person and means to commit a serious mistake. The boob is a source of temptation, the subject of fetish, and is referred to as the ‘quintessential enigmatic signifier’* . Developed and coupled in a multitude of colours the boob represents the sexualised nature of ethnicity. Ethnicity is a signifier not only of somatic or physical (racial) differences, but also of differences in language, religion, region, and culture.

* Foster, H. “A Missing Part” in Prosthetic Gods. An October Book, The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England (2004): 308

Psalm 147:18
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Psalm 147:18
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Psalm 147:18
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Psalm 147:18
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Psalm 147:18
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Yellow Boob / Brown Boob
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


White Boob / Black Boob and Song of Solomon (in mirror)
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


White Boob / Black Boob and Song of Solomon (in mirror)
Installation (detail)

Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


White Boob / Black Boob and Song of Solomon (in mirror)
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Song of Solomon
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Bog Room
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page


Bog Room
Installation (detail)
Masters end of year show, Gentlemen's Toilets, Level 1, Mount Street Studios, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Photograph: Stuart Page

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