[December 9th 2020]
reverse, Peake is, like Muybridge, pushing the rubric of filmmaking to its limits and exposing our perception of time as arbitrary. By challenging a photo or a film’s illusion of finite beginnings and endings, the two artists explore the aesthetic and ethical problems of origins.
Peake seems to also take cues from Muybridge’s more famous work, the sequences of photos of horses, humans, and other animals in motion. Muybridge’s project, Animal Locomotion, includes those iconic horse photos, but also studies of stylised human bodies performing gestures and steps like dancers. At some points, Eadweard, like Eddie, steps in front of
Eddie Peake, Amidst A Sea Of Flailing High Heels And Cooking Utensils, part 2, 2012, Chisenhale Gallery
"Chisenhale Gallery presents a one-night event devised by Eddie Peake. Working in sculpture, painting, photography and performance, Peake’s work often exaggerates the latent erotics and playfulness at stake in the process of art making and its public dissemination.
The piece features an original live musical composition and an ensemble of male and female dancers. Through this new work, Peake continues and elaborates upon motifs explored in his most recent performances, addressing the process by which gender and sexuality can be read and signified in performative contexts. Through choreographed movement, the dancers’ bodies become both sculptural and sexual objects, playing on the audience’s voyeuristic desire.
Eddie Peake’s performance is presented in co-operation with Tate Modern and follows the related performance, Amidst A Sea Of Flailing High Heels And Cooking Utensils, part 1, which took place on Saturday 21 July."