Hannah Regel and Esme Toler presented two-person exhibition Spectracide at London’s ZONA MISTA, which ran August 4 to 13.
The installation used a number of materials, including walnut and poplar carvings, unfired terracotta, baby powder, light fixtures, synthetic hair, earthenware ceramic and appropriated 18th Century Linenfold.
An accompanying text by Bronte Dow contextualizes the work from within a visceral and intestinal place, moving from anti-age serums and side-effects to sick cows, capitalist production and the rooms inside a house:
“…She hosts the battle in her gut. A bitter leak through split gutter. Imperial fish slipping in the silvery acid cream.
The fat on our tongues oxidises, turns rancid and sharp, as a lance that shoots down the throats of the men. It tastes like a pitchfork with nails. The men vomit themselves up, and the ancient anatomies of government are metabolised back into her body, our house.
Every gurgle of her gut is a war cry booming through the house, her cells forcing through the walls, splattering onto the pavement a crowd of floorboards, ribs collapsed in shooting pain. Collected weapons…”
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