Jake Preval
Saturday, 21 April 2018 to Monday, 11 June 2018
Ren Gregoric

slowtrade is an installation by Jake Preval that revels in the rituals and intimate performances of queer desire. Gleefully sidestepping realism in favour of the strange poetry of the digital sphere, these works tease out the monumental from the mundane, reframing the unremarkable to create psychosexual sculptural assemblages that chart the changing pictorial and relational space that queer bodies occupy in the 21st century. Rendered through a process of isolating, photographing, distorting and re-casting images, objects and detritus from queer culture, the works in alowtrade act a conduit through which these queer narratives and histories can be encountered and recalibrated.

The show takes its title from the sole line of a user’s profile on the male hook-up app Grindr. This tender prose, discovered amongst a sea of severed torsos, is here translated into a series of characteristically hedonistic and humorous works that slyly reference and re-appropriate queer art histories.

Jake Preval

Jake Preval is a New Zealand artist currently based in Melbourne. He works in a variety of mediums spanning sculpture, photography, installation and performance.These elements are often fused together in bodies of work that use black humour and a playful lexicon of materials and references to explore notions of contemporary queerness.In 2014 he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts majoring in Sculpture and Spatial Practice. Since then he has exhibited extensively in Melbourne and across Australia.Preval has held solo exhibitions at TCB Art Inc, Fort Delta, Kings ARI and Blindside as well as participating in numerous group shows. He has been a finalist in a number of art prizes including the John Fries Award 2016 and the Keith and Elizabeth Murodch Travelling Fellowship 2017. He currently lives in Brunswick with his partner Dan and their two dogs Wally and Sally.

Image credit: Jake Preval, Detail shot from NSA #2 (Masc4U), 2017. Digital print on vinyl, Plastic Eyelets. Photo by Clare Rae.

ARTIST FLOOR TALK Sunday 13th May 2018, 1-2PM