Destruction of Pleasure
November 2 - November 29
20 Jay Street, Suite M14
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
Gallery hours: by appointment
“It is said that analyzing pleasure, or beauty, destroys it…Not in favour of a reconstructed new pleasure, which cannot exist in the abstract, nor of intellectualized unpleasure … The alternative is the thrill that comes from leaving the past behind without rejecting it, transcending outworn or oppressive forms, or daring to break with normal pleasurable expectations in order to conceive a new language of desire.”
– Laura Mulvey from her essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, 1975
Destruction of Pleasure brings together eight artists that play with feminism, corporeality, illusion and surrealism in their work in order to create a perspective that complicates traditional expectations of the viewer. In her 1975 essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Mulvey called for the destruction of the traditional male-oriented gaze and the cultivation of alternative perspectives. Mulvey declared “Destruction of Pleasure is a Radical Weapon”, that the traditional “scopophilic” view of film had always belonged to the masculine, and that there would be a conception of a new viewpoint, that of an unknown, new “language of desire”. The works in the show offer ecstatic new narratives, histories, considerations from a new generation of female artists creating across a variety of media a visual language that is uniquely their own.