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Jamie Cole: Booty

An official visual arts event of the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019

“Booty draws on my sexual encounters and experiences; hot and heated encounters, ‘men I haven’t known’ and, …well, that would be telling… of course, with my husband and… Using precious materials, my Booty overflows with rich flock wallpaper, sweat, Poppers, gold leaf, pearl paint and opalescent foils, sprayed across the faces, bodies and bedrooms of men deep ‘in the moment’.

“I love the idea of black light showing up all the encounters that have taken place in a room or space, on a piece of furniture, or clothing, over time. So I’ve captured that by giving these mixed media paintings an ultra-violet or heat map quality that exposes the chemicals, sweat and body fluids rampant in the scene.

“The ‘Poppers’ (Amyl nitrate) series is drawn from a concept that dates back 6 years: a night of brainstorming, that resulted in the crazy idea of creating soft sculptures of Poppers bottles, like the great Pop artists of the 1960s. And why not? Warhol said something about everyone having their 15 minutes of fame…

“To have poppers and orgasmic sex on the walls of the gallery is huge for me.. it’s timely: socially because consensual sex in the privacy of our own homes is, well, private, and politically, given that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is proposing an interim ban on amyl nitrate, with the intention of rescheduling it as a class 9 substance.

“The ‘Edging’ series of Poppers makes use of 70s inspired flocked wallpaper and vintage porn images. OMG? No, not the plastic garden edging available from Bunnings. It´s all about better sex.. capitalise that word! A big letter, O!”



Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm

Thursday 14 February to Sunday 24 February 2019



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