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Transition Gallery Presents
Tainted Love

PV: Thursday 7th June 2012, 6-8.30pm
Exhibition: 8th June - 8th July 2012
Open: Friday - Sunday, 1-5pm

Alice Anderson, Kirsty Buchanan, Annabel Dover, Georgie Flood, Andrea Hannon, Paul Kindersley, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alli Sharma, Corinna Spencer, Mark Scott Wood, Jessica Voorsanger.

Selected by Corinna Spencer

You are an obsession, you’re my obsession…

For those who do not share it, unconditional devotion is seen as unhealthy and unsettling, typically loaded with negative stereotypes and labels of deviancy. But to the devotee, their chosen idol, however undeserving, is at the centre of the world, skirting between reality and fantasy.

Tainted Love is a day-dreamingly, dark installation questioning what it means to desire, cherish, seek, long, admire, envy, celebrate, protect or destroy. These desires for desire inform aspects of how we make sense of the world, in relation to mass media, and in relation to our historical, social and cultural locations to create meaning in our everyday lives where the traditional bonds of race, religion and ethnicity are increasingly diminished and where fantasy functions as an empty surface for the projection of our desires.

Ranging from simple groups of paintings to more elaborate devotional structures, each is dedicated to what Proust claimed was 'the only successful (sustainable) love’, unrequited. However, the overwhelming need to have one’s feelings reciprocated can develop into unreasoned passion and addictive behaviour. Limerence, as described by Dorothy Tennov, is the involuntary, obsessive form of romantic love experienced as intense joy or extreme despair. From cabinets of transgression to intimate shrines, the Tainted Love artists attempt to come closer to the objects of desire that elude our grasp, no matter what we do to attain them.

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Supported by ACE