Location La Galerie épisodique, 1 rue des Nanettes 75011 Paris France
Opening hours 11:00 – 21:00 from 2 June 2017 to 4 June 2017; 11:00 – 18:00 on 5 June 2017.
Artists Isabel Aguera, Frédéric Arditi, Maria Arendt, Jérôme Avraham Benarroch, Alain Barret, Ingrid Baudine, Tamina Beausoleil, Anya Belyat Giunta, Isaac Benacera, Nicolas Bernière, Laurent Bouckenooghe, Michel Castaignet, Fabrice Cazenave, Rosa Cazhur, Gokce Celikel, Dominique Chazy, Marjolaine Ciavaldini, Vincent Corpet, Claudie Dadu, Julie Dalmon, Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Joël David, Marielle Degioanni, Guillaume Dimanche, Léo Dorfner, Aurélie Dubois, Cornelia Eichhorn, Sandrine Elberg, Sylvester Engbrox, Frédéric Fontenoy, Carole Forges, Maike Freess, Aphrodite Fur, Iris Gallarotti, Yves Gobart, Fanny Gosse, Nathalie de La Grandville, Guacolda, Cristine Guinamand, Philippe Jacquin-Ravot, Cécilia Jauniau, Sara Jeanmougin, Chloé Julien, Kanaria, Katia Kameneva, Kara, Ayako David Kawauchi, Marcus Kreiss, Michel Lascault, Cendres Lavy, Frédéric Léglise, Li Suntta Alexandre, Claire Loupiac & Lou Farges, Marine Luszpinski, Laurent Mareschal, Laurette Massant, Marie Maurel de Maillé, Marc Molk, Camille Moravia, Hélène Mougin, Emilie Moutsis, Julie Navarro, Sarah Navasse Miller, Laurence Nicola, Maël Nozahic, Orsten Groom, Romuald&PJ, Dominique Pallier, Anne Paris, Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso, Marilena Pelosi, Julie Perin, Joël Person, Eric Pougeau, Marianne Pradier, Sophia Proença, Elisabeth Saint-Jalmes, Cheyenne Schiavone, Lia Schilder, Alice Sfintesco, Chloé Silbano, ShR Labo, Nathalie Tacheau, Anne-Marie Toffolo, Clarisse Tranchard, Olivier Turpin, France Valliccioni, Anne Van Der Linden, Jojo Wang, Dominique Weill, Marion Zilio.
Interventions Rim Battal, Karen Chessman, Mina El Bakali, Amélie Pironneau, Thibaut Thorez
Tattoo Cheyenne Schiavone
Massages Alberto Sorbelli
Commissioner Laurent Quénéhen
I learned about this exhibition from a newsletter from Sarah Navasse Miller whom I met during the portes ouvertes in Belleville. We have talked a bit, and she told me she did oil painting before, and that was why in her artworks with graphite and pencils, she represents the light very naturally.
Initially, I went to this exhibition to see her art, but in the end it didn’t really disappoint me that there was only one of her works. This whole thing is very inspiring.
I have never been to an exhibition totally dedicated to erotic art, because back in China, as far as I know, there was none. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and to be honest, I was thinking of the little porn comics I had read and the fics on AO3 tagged PWP. I was only half right.
Porn is frequently shown, but it doesn’t have to be a part of erotic art, and is definitely not its essence.
The first impressive thing about this exhibition is the variety of techniques. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, embroideries, with pencils, graphite, oil, ink, gouache, watercolour, on drawing paper, book pages, canvas, tracing paper, bubble wraps, plaster, shells, bones, whatever you can think of. This was what amazed me when I first walked through the gallery.
Down to the artworks, I found almost all of them very inspiring, and many have their own interesting and creative ways of being erotic. There were several pieces that are pretty mind-blowing.
A personal favourite is the plaster sculpture titled Je pense à toi by Emilie Moutsis. The sculpture itself is vivid. It shows a hand after masturbation, which matches the title perfectly well at the same time of avoiding being too obvious. It’s erotic because the artist chose to depict the sexual side of missing someone, and it’s art because of the simplicity, elegance and implicitness.
I also love Sarah’s work. This drawing was placed the closest to the doorway between the main hall and a large room, and it could be seen right after entering the room [if you turned left, of course]. It’s not even very erotic at first sight. and after seeing lots of evidently erotic works in the main hall, this one was like a spill of water right in the face.
Guacolda had two works on display, both embroideries on bubble wraps. I love how this technique gives the figures a fluid texture, which makes the artworks erotic. When the threads are red, it even looks bloody. I don’t know why but I have some weird love for bloody things, like the little porcelain brains and stuffed dead heads by Anne Basaille whom I met at the portes ouvertes in Belleville.
There were lots of other great works, and it was fun seeing how erotic objects and scenes were being depicted artistically. There were sex scenes of octopuses [Ingrid Baudine], nude anatomic bodies of humans and wild animals superimposed over each other [Tamina Beausoleil], ‘formless’ plaster sculptures in which fingers can be distinguished [Fabrice Cazenave], organs / organic bodies / humid things [whatever they are] twining together [Marjolaine Ciavaldini], hands at certain body parts drawn in several continuous lines [Claudie Dadu], bulls alone or together having sex on scapulas of veals [Julie Dalmon], plants combined with nude bodies [Fanny Gosse], collage of nude body parts [Chloé Julien], apparently disordered lines, shapes and colours [Orsten Groom], and many games of shapes.
I don’t really have much to conclude. This exhibition has been very entertaining and inspiring, and I love the way erotic art is treated just like all other categories of art. Plus, the little doodle in the toilet was really amusing, especially the drops of white paint on the floor.