Playing the Object
Playing the Object brings together Bonnie Lane’s private performances for video into direct dialogue with her handcrafted beaded paintings depicting male solo masturbation.
The series of lo-fi video works performed and recorded within the privacy of her bedroom and studio come in response to feeling a loss of control over how her own body is consumed as a sexual object by both public and private audiences. The artist regains agency over her own sexual identity in this series of humorous actions by playing all roles of director, object, subject, and original audience.
The artist continues to place herself artist in a position of authority and power through the appropriation of anonymous and headless self-portraits found on “jerk-off” websites that are transformed into intricately detailed beaded paintings. This explicit objectification of the male body through the female lens subverts heteronormative conventions of representation and objectification, by replacing the more familiar and socially acceptable sexualized bodies of women with those of men.
Playing the Object draws attention both to the absence of the female gaze in contemporary popular pornography, as well as the missing representation of the male body as an object of sexual desire in art history.
Bonnie Lane has recently returned from 9–months working in Australia and this one–night event will be the first time these recent projects will be shown in conversation with one and other.