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2010-11-25 until 2011-01-23
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As a result of research conducted during his residency at Gasworks, Spanish artist Francesc Ruiz transforms the gallery space into a bookshop specialising in yaoi comic books. Inspired by the gay establishments in Vauxhall, the artist has created a semi-fictional narrative that plays with the clichés around sexuality and lifestyle in the area. Originating in Japan, the yaoi genre (also known as 'Boys' Love') focuses on homoerotic male narratives but, unlike male-oriented gay erotica, yaoi comics are created as well as consumed by women.
Allegedly produced by female amateur illustrators, the comics featured in Ruiz's bookshop focus on a group of men whose nightlife revolves around the sprawling bar and club scene in Vauxhall. By adopting the yaoi genre and claiming female authorship, Ruiz distances himself from the stories and characters he depicts, allowing for the imagination to run wild, indulging in stereotypes and idealised situations. Through the comics' humour and distortion of reality, Ruiz explores a specific subculture and its place within the wider fabric of the neighbourhood.
LAUNCH: The White Cubicle
Sunday 5 December, 8-11pm
Francesc Ruiz will install new work in the toilet of the George and Dragon Pub, covering the walls with issues of Sukia, an erotic Italian comic from late 1970s and early 80s, featuring the adventures of a jet-setting vampire and Gary, her gay butler. The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery is curated by Pablo León de la Barra.
Location: The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2 7NS.
ARTIST LED TOUR: Francesc Ruiz
Saturday 11 December, 3pm
As part of the Open Studio Weekend at Gasworks, Francesc Ruiz will reveal the research behind his solo exhibition and discuss the use of comics in his practice.
Bookings: Free admission, booking is recommended. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 7587 5202.
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