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Monday, 2 November 2009

I Love To See You Pissing For Me - Esther Planas


The White Cubicle
Monday 12th October

By Joseph Nockles

Too many exhibition launches consist of trays of champagne, a clipboarded hostess with her hair on top of her head telling you where the art is (on the walls, surely?) and a gaggle of society types searching the recesses of their minds for something intelligent to say. Esther Planas’s I Love To See You Pissing For Me wasn’t your typical exhibition launch.

Around the corner from the Hoxton White Cube, in the men’s urinal of cult queer watering hole, The George and the Dragon, lies the marvellously punned White Cubicle…Ok, so it’s a dank toilet with sheets of A4 lining the walls. But how else would one display such scatologically themed art?

"I’ve always said that what The National
Gallery
really lacks is water sports"

The images depict the artist (a stunning woman who effortlessly pulls off that Karen-O/Angelica Houston look; perfectly bridging terrifying and incredibly cool) and a male model (his legs and crotch anyway) in a series of compromising positions. The highlight: a drenched Plana pressed against a urinal with a stream of liquid aimed at her face. I’ve always said that what The National Gallery really lacks is water sports.

When the artist attempted to photograph her installation officially opened, she discovered a number of patrons had failed to take note of the “Toilet Not In Use – Please Use Disabled” sign. The previous generation of YBA’s, who have since been normalised (Hirst, Emin), might be furious if one were to urinate on their heavily concept bound offerings. Planas revelled in it! She went into a mad photographic frenzy and started forcing unwilling gentlemen to model for her sans zipper. Pure class.

"As erotic as they were abusive"


Overall it was a refreshing change from the woman with the clipboard. The images were as erotic as they were abusive, but they lacked commitment by being printed on A4. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re more partial to a pint of Stout than you are a flute of Veuve Cliquot.

(NB:- Image lifted from Esther Planas' personal blog which documents the event brilliantly and is well worth a look. Thank you)

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