HADLEY HOWES, MAXWELL STEPHENS
February 6–March 20, 1999
A collaboration is an effective space to explore the movement of desire. We are searching for an understanding of the flow, the stoppage and slippage of desire in an autopoetic system. This searching becomes our process and the work itself, a serious play of possibilities.
We are exploring the boundaries of the contract between lovers (and between strangers) which designates the limitations of penetration and acceptance.
“Now we turn on the lights, and lean over to see the work born. Then, surprise before what, passing through us, was drawn; and if it is I who drew this unknown child then who are I?” (Helene Cixous, “Without End”)
—Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens, 1998
Organs say touch me
I will touch you
rubber says fondle
layers those layers of every memory
that I will do
so you can be.
—Sarah Wakefield, 1998
HADLEY HOWES, STEPHEN MAXWELL, SARAH WAKEFIELD
March 18, 1999
Artspeak Gallery will be hosting a catalogue launch for the exhibition Negotiating Desire with artists Hadley Howes and Stephen Maxwell, and poetry reading by Sarah Wakefield. This exhibition runs until March 20, 1999.
Title: Negotiating Desire
Category: Exhibition Catalogue
Artist: Hadley Howes, Stephen Maxwell
Writers: Susan Edelstein, Kathleen Ritter, Sarah Wakefield
Design: Roberta Batchelor, R-house
Printer: A. J. Graphics Ltd.
Year published: 1999
Binding: Staple Bound
Features: 7 duotone images
Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 x 0.3 cm
Weight: 57 g
Price: $4 CDN
Negotiating Desire combines the intimate collaborative work of emerging artists Hadley Howes and Stephen Maxwell with the poetry of Sarah Wakefield. All three practitioners have used the imagery of rubber, wood and fetish objects as a departure point to investigate the nature of desire. Foreword by Susan Edelstein, essay by Kathleen Ritter.