The press release begins by including a passage from literary theorist Leo Bersani’s words on Jean Genet’s novel, Funeral Rites, which the latter wrote for his dead lover —also named Jean —after the war. It is entangled in death, as well as some sort of total entrance, passage and way in, not only to the story but also the “cool bower” of Jean’s rectum —where [he] slept “on the moss there, in the shade, to die there”.
It is not otherwise clear what the show will entail but the text continues to talk about hardly remembering a time before ‘sub’ and before ‘daddies’ of BDSM, before mentioning that these polarities seem so inherent.
Ridgeon’s practice spans physical installations and sensual and detailed graphite drawings imagining people wearing gloves and harnesses, for example. Inroads at Goldsmiths Gallery, which has recently seen work presented by Ruth Waters and Laura Yuile, will perhaps then be a submission to thoughts and imagination around submission, or something along these lines.
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