Durban bred and based artist Skullboy’s first solo show in a National Gallery, YOU & ME, is opening in Durban tomorrow and we wish we were there. The exhibition includes 100 artworks documenting the victories and tragedies of how an anonymous selection of people came to lose their virginities.
Skullboy has been active as an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and curator in the local low-brow art scene since 2007 and is one of the founding members of WorkingClass. For this show he spent June to December of 2011 collecting the memories of people’s sexual debuts. This was done via small forms left with drop boxes in clubs and bathroom stalls, focussing on the +- 16 to 35 alternative crowd who would most likely frequent the clubs surveyed. From the 300+ stories collected, Skullboy chosen 100 to be rendered as small artworks.
The aim of ‘You&Me’ (formerly know as the ‘Cherry Poppin’ Project’) is two-fold. Firstly, to capture a glimpse into the reality of the state and practice of sex in our modern day society. And secondly, to create a healthy dialogue about sex in reality without the baggage of religion, media, television and moral decorum.
The artist says, “Through the accounts of others and the re-telling of our own stories, we realise the similarities between us and our peers. Through this communal discussion, we destroy the unrealistic expectations of sex set by society and ourselves and strip such a significant event of any shame, pressure or sense of failure and accept the event for what it was, whether good or bad.”
Date – Tuesday 21 August
Time – 18h00
Place – KZNSA (166 Bulwer road, Glen Wood)
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No artwork will be on sale but a 120-page Hardcover catalogue of the work exhibited and researched will be available for R225.
Here is some of the artwork: