with publication by Simon Gennard (download PDF here)
For OnlyFans, Robbie Handcock draws upon an ever-evolving archive of amateur pornography to develop a queer visual language in painting. Domestic in scale, Handcock’s works situate queerness as at once a matter of sexual desire and gendered performance, and an orientation towards decoration and ornamentation, transmitted through gossip, hearsay and tacky objects of visual culture. Rendered with haste and flippancy, refusing mastery and refinement, Handcock proposes painting as an erotic practise, able to make contact with moments of sexual possibility in the past, and imagine altered forms of intimacy in the future.
Accompanying the exhibition is a publication produced by Simon Gennard, titled Hatefucking. Taking visual cues from queer liberation magazines from the 1970s and 80s, Hatefucking traverses the author’s personal sexual misadventures as well as the political history of queer activism in Aotearoa, arguing for sex as a profoundly ambivalent force–capable of animating a desire for a more just future, and liable to be swept up in an anaemic liberal logic of inclusion.
OnlyFans and its accompanying publication have been made possible with the generous support of the Emerging Artists Trust and RM.