PANSY ASS CERAMICS "PUPPY PLAY POODLE" PORCELAIN, 2020
Working in the postmodern tradition of parody and appropriation, Pansy Ass Ceramics' works are subversive and naughty with a touch of saccharine sweetness.
The Toronto-based duo, Kris Aaron and Andrew Walker, started hijacking bric-a-brac ceramics in 2015. They overpainted antique pottery pieces, like those found in thrift shops or in grandma's basement, with sexy images, humor and slogans from contemporary queer or drag culture.
As their practice grew, the duo began working in slip-cast porcelain, creating their own objects that adhered to their favorite themes and motifs. They materialize sex toys in delicate porcelain, don stuffed toys in leather collars and BDSM gear, and have brought to life a cast of characters caught in the midst of performative sex acts.
The duo’s combination of ‘fine’ material and kitsch subject matter is reminiscent of the 1980s and ‘90s postmodern pop pastiches of Jeff Koons, Mike Kelly or Rob Pruitt. The duo appropriates the traditionally conservative and antiquated medium of fine porcelain, overwriting a contemporary sensibility of sex appeal and queer culture.
“Puppy Play Poodle” exemplifies the duo’s expertise in fusing kitsch and queerness. Pansy Ass reinvents the beloved porcelain poodle figurine into a pink-furred, BDSM-gear wearing confection. This perky poodles' black hair bow and cheerful expression are juxtaposed against its fetishistic gleaming gold-spiked dog collar. The delightful combination delivers a shameless sense of whimsy and joy inherent to Pansy Asses work.
Pansy Ass Ceramics have exhibited extensively around the world including at the Museum of Sex (New York City), Tacit Gallery (Melbourne, Australia), SPRING/BREAK art fair (New York City), the Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles) and the DAIS Gallery (Toronto). They have been featured in numerous publications including Paper Magazine, ARTnews, and Out Magazine.
The last image includes four works by Pansy Ass Ceramics featured in our recent exhibition "New Erotic" (Sept-Nov 2020).
Note: the last images shows some of the other Pansy Ass Ceramic's works at Caviar20.
"Puppy Play Poodle"
Makers mark on base
Glazed porcelain sculpture with transfer and hand-painted detailing, and 22 carat gold
Additional images available on request.
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