In Culture of Complaint
, Robert Hughes writes "the delight of confession prolongs the pleasure of sin". The artwork developed from this text seeks to divorce confession from sin, preferring to see 'owning up' as an action of value and honesty to the self. Pursuant to this, the installation introduces a sub-text through figures cloaked with sexual mystery and liberation.
It is the artist's belief that machoism and the absence of positive physical communication amongst many men, often leads to a stifling of male identity or a constraining of emotion.
Just as inner feelings are often concealed by a veneer of normality, so it is necessary in this exhibit for the viewer to draw aside a darkened veil to illiuminate the imagery.
Freedom in the Beyond II
depicts a striving for new horizons - a potential liberation which awaits when one plays with hidden desires. The potency of the images and the question of their origin serves as a reminder that the contemplation of sexual identity should be a luxury, not a fear. Fantasy is not a sin.
The Passed is Your Presence
, a CEPA Bus Show by Dick Averns was also presented as part of Chambers of Enchantment.