Phallus Impudicus

Joseph Ridgeon
2 - 18 December 2016

Joseph Ridgeon (b.1988, UK) completed an MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths University of London in 2016, and received a BA from the University of the West of England in 2012.

In Phallus Impudicus, the artist divides the gallery using partitions that draw on the aesthetic of gay sex spaces. Because of these physical divisions the viewer walks a pathway which transitions from distinct space to non-space exemplified when walking between the back of two partitions.

Ridgeon punctuates the space with seemingly deteriorating clay sculptures, and drawings that highlight a confused reference of gay sex culture from cruising grounds to leather bars.

A journey through the space leads to a back room almost separate from the rest of the installation. Ten drawings of Phallus Impudicus further the ambiguity of the relationship between gay sex culture, and the naturalist aesthetic he uses to address it.