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BITTER SWEET

Sat 13 Feb 2016 / 3pm - 5pm

CGP London, Dilston Grove
Free, booking required
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Please note this screening is not suitable for under 18s

Bitter Sweet is the first LUNG event of 2016, a new series of collaborative events between CGP London and LUX. Taking place on Saturday 13 February, this programme of film and video works drawn from the LUX Collection presents an alternative to Valentine’s romance. Considering the other side of love, sex and relationships, the works in the programme focus on obsession, desire, fantasy and dependence.

LUNG is a new year-long partnership presenting a series of events across the CGP London and Dilston Grove sites in Southwark Park. Since the 18th Century, the parks and green spaces of London have often been referred to as the ‘Lungs of London’, providing physical and psychological breathing space for the inhabitants of a rapidly developing city. LUNG will provide a new regular space for the presentation and discussion of moving image and performance-based work throughout CGP London’s 2016 programme, in an informal, familiar environment, shifting as the seasons do.

CGP London is an artist led gallery of contemporary art based across two venues in Southwark Park; The Gallery and Dilston Grove. Founded in 1984 by the bermondsey artists’ group, the gallery has commissioned and presented over 140 free exhibitions by emergent, overlooked and established British and international artists.

 

Jennifer Reeder's Law of Desire, 1997

Carolee Schneemann, Plumb Line, 1968-72

Plumb Line is made from scrap. Footage shot in 8mm and 16mm ’68-69, a film diary of daily movements-the couple. Sounds of my cat singing, repeated cries of ‘no’, sirens screaming, my voice describing food from the maze of a breakdown, his voice ‘tell me a story…I’ve got a truck you know’. Moving footage into freeze frames, stills animated, 8mm mirror printed as 16mm, images in 16mm reshot in 8. A portrait of a man and the dissolution of a relationship and of the film itself. The accumulation patterns of imagery are finally set on fire. Sound and images edited during ’70-72. – C.S.

Michael Wallin, Black Sheep Boy, 1995

A rumination on desire, the construction of sexual fantasy, obsession, and the yearning for connection – physical and emotional. The film examines the allure of the younger man and the pursuit of the idealized other, its rewards and pitfalls. Wallin indulges in his fantasy as he proceeds to deconstruct it, exploring the relationship between subject and object, artist and model – who is in control, who holds the power? Erotic, playful, perhaps disturbing, many questions are raised, few are answered.

Jennifer Reeder, Law of Desire, 1997

Second in the series about a girl superhero called White Trash Girl!, Law Of Desire tells the story of Trelita, a Mexican sex worker and single mother suspected of murder. Your ass is grass and this spicy little beaver is going to mow it! This tape features a special guest appearance by George Kuchar.