Drew Pettifer Territorial PissingsOpening: Wednesday 10 June, 6-8pm Dates: 10 – 27 June 2015
Drew Pettifer exhibits at Bus Projects for the first time in his new exhibition ‘Territorial Pissings’. The exhibition continues his interest in themes of desire, concealment and revelation, this time through the medium of ultraviolet tattoos, also known as black light tattoos. The interplay between the seen and unseen reveals the ambiguities around the particular territorialisation in this work. The tattoos are outlines of bodily fluids on the bodies of paid volunteers. For the most part these tattoos are invisible traces of a consensual act (albeit a purchased one), until the subject is under a black light creating a permanent impermanence to the marking of these bodies. The work raises some uneasy questions about the ethico-political nature of the artwork and the ways in which these forces are inscribed on our bodies more broadly.
Drew Pettifer is a Melbourne based artist, academic and sometime independent curator/writer. He was a director of Bus Projects from 2009-2014. He currently lectures in Art History and Theory at RMIT University.