SYMBOLS

Group Exhibition for 10th edition Sculpture in the City, London


symbols (2019-2021) is a sculptural installation consisting of 30 unique flags from the LGBTQ+ community. Spanning the original Pride Flag designed by Gilbert Baker in San Francisco in 1978 to its newest iteration by Daniel Quasar in 2018, the flags represent the diversity of gender, sexuality, and desire. Each flag is standardised and ordinary, five feet by three feet, and hang equally distanced apart to represent the equal value and potential each community group has in the world today. 


Following the recent death of Baker in 2017 and President Trump's banning of the Pride Flag at U.S. embassies internationally, alongside the absence of Pride 2020 and increased hostility and violence towards the LGBTQ+ community, symbols celebrates the joy and freedom to love who you love while acknowledging the struggles these community groups have endured to gain visibility, human rights, and equality. 


Presented for the first time at Leadenhall Market. Flags, Left to Right from Lime Street: Progress Pride, Original Gay Pride Rainbow, Eight-Stripe/More Colour More Pride, Gay Pride Rainbow, Community Lesbian Pride, Bisexual Pride, Pansexual Pride, Polysexual Pride, Omnisexual Pride, Queer Pride, Aromantic Pride, Asexual Pride, Demisexual Pride, Demiromantic Pride, Demigirl Pride, Demiboy Pride, Genderfluid Pride, Genderqueer Pride, Transgender Pride, Trigender Pride, Intersex Pride, Non-binary Pride, Leather Pride, BDSM Pride, Puppy Pride, Polyamory Pride, Master/Slave Pride, Rubber/Latex Pride, Bear Pride, Twink Pride

Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.
Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.

Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.
Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.

Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.
Guillaume Vandame, symbols (2019-2021). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nick Turpin.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF RAINBOWS

Most people are familiar with the origins of the Pride flag and how the rainbow became associated with the LGBTQ+ community since the 1970s and its original design by Gilbert Baker, Lynn Segerblom and James McNamara in San Francisco. However, what is less known is how the rainbow has evolved since this time. At the backdrop of the legalization of gay marriage in the United States in 2015, the Trump presidency between 2016 and 2020 was marked by a time of tension, hatred and violence against people from the LGBTQ+ community, especially from

alt-right religious groups.

From the banning of Pride flags at U.S. Embassies internationally for Pride Month to the prevalence of Gay Pride Flag Burnings across the world, these acts of hostility question our ethics and morality as a society and the relationship between Church and State. Are these acts of vandalism simply micro-aggressions or should we take them more seriously as hate crimes? What do we value as a community and these questions of censorship and expression? Looking beyond the context of Union Chapel, what is the role of religious venues in influencing public opinion and creating social change? Is there a grey area and more than what we see?


The rainbow has been caught in-flux, torn between its origins as a symbol of peace, solidarity, hope and natural beauty to a symbol marked by anti-gay hatred and oppression. Following the death of Gilbert Baker in 2017 and the use of the rainbow as a symbol of the NHS in 2020, A Brief History of Rainbows (2021) investigates the status of the rainbow as a gay symbol with renewed interest and urgency. Created as part of Guillaume Vandame's artist residency at Union Chapel, London between November 2020 and February 2021, the work combines various forms of narrative and storytelling including archival footage, news clips, image, and a new original performance in collaboration with celebrated American musician, Kelly Halloran, who has  performed regularly at Union Chapel.

Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.

Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.

Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.

Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Guillaume Vandame, A Brief History of Rainbow (2021). Courtesy of the artist.

 

LOVE IS LIGHTER THAN AIR - OPEN CALL FOR NHS RAINBOWS

Open call for discarded NHS rainbow artworks to create a collective installation made in all media (painting, drawing, watercolour, mixed media, etc.) by all ages now through 31 December 2020.

PO Box 75559

London

SE4 9EF

Read more about the project here: 

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/rainbow-collective-work

Love is Lighter Than Air

Love is Lighter Than Air

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Love is Lighter Than Air 2:4.jpg

Love is Lighter Than Air

Love is Lighter Than Air

Love is Lighter Than Air

Love is Lighter Than Air

 

NIGHTSWEATS

Solo Exhibition at SET, London 24 August 2020 - 6 September 2020.

An evening of poetry and BBQ to celebrate Thom Gunn's birthday and launch nightsweats, poetry and illustration after thom gunn (2020) on 29 August 2020 from 6 to 9 pm. Many thanks to the Estate of Thom Gunn for supporting this exhibition and publication. 

"I felt like I was imploding from inside. It was a time of extreme emotions, something completely desensitized, depersonalized, senseless and totally numb. I was there and not there, present and lost within my own world. The magical world that I was previously depicting as something tender, romantic, and all-consuming had suddenly become an electric nightmare, a dark twisted fantasy. I remember hardly no one from this time in my life. The bodies just flicker through my head like shadows from a flame." 

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020

Installation View, nightsweats, 2020. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

 

SEXY PIZZA DANCE

Solo Exhibition at SET, London 12 - 29 September 2019

"I started going to therapy in the autumn 2018 and slowly realised that I saw a lot of my life in black and white, either it was a wonderland or totally worthless. This resulted in two distinct bodies of work and, then, I developed a third body of work, The Pizza Paintings. I could finally feel a grey area where I could be happy with something just the way it is and not change it. Life was no longer black or white, but red and green coming beautifully together."

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019

Installation View, Sexy Pizza Dance, 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch.

 

NOTICE ME (LGBTQIA+ WALK)

Group Exhibition for Nocturnal Creatures, an annual arts festival by the Whitechapel Gallery, London in partnership with Sculpture in the City, London 20 July 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me, 2019

Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk), 2019, social sculpture commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, London

 

CHERRY PICKERS

Group Exhibition curated by Podium, Luxembourg 21 - 23 June 2019

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

Install shot, Cherry Pickers, 2019.

 

CODE ART FAIR 2018

Group Exhibition with Annka Kultys Gallery, London for Code Art Fair, Copenhagen  30 August - 2 September 2018

Installation View, 2018

Installation View, 2018

Installation View, Annka Kultys Gallery, London at Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, 2018

Installation View, 2018

Installation View, 2018

Installation View, Annka Kultys Gallery, London at Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, 2018

 

LOVE SONGS, THE GREATEST HITS OF CELINE DION AND MARK ROTHKO

Solo exhibition at Sexy frog biscuit (formerly 17five.net), London 9 - 20 March 2020

"I stayed outside his flat for a couple hours in a nearby park and just waited and waited. I decided at some point to finally leave. I was not in a sane state of mind. I was in total lust. And I felt totally empty. I could either go home and cry my eyes out or go to the Tate Modern. I began the filming at the Rothko Room that same day. And within the next week or so I had assembled the first film paired with the song, “All By Myself”. I chose this song because the painting itself had a totemic quality, one solid outline of a rectangle hovering, and how it related to how I felt in that very moment: isolated and alone, physically and psychologically."

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, the greatest hits of celine dion and mark rothko, 2018.

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, the greatest hits of celine dion and mark rothko, 2018.

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, the greatest hits of celine dion and mark rothko, 2018.

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, 2018

Installation View, love songs, the greatest hits of celine dion and mark rothko, 2018.