Opening Friday, October 9, 2015
Everyone’s Heart is Full of Fire reflects on the works of Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933) and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (b. 1950), through these artists’ chronicles of love stories, each linked to a fascinating artist and character. Exploring the fusional relationship and artistic dialogue between Dorothy Iannone and Dieter Roth and the pandrogynous undertaking of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye, the exhibition interrogates the thin lines between love, friendship, and artistic collaboration, drawing particular attention to quotidian, personal narrations and intimate diaries.
Since the 1960s, Dorothy Iannone’s practice has been exploring ways of representing unconditional love and the female sexual experience as one of transcendence, union, and spirituality through paintings, drawings, collages, audio pieces, and artist books. The exhibition unravels a silkscreened version of an An Icelandic Saga (1967), Iannone’s drawings and texts about her love story with artist Dieter Roth, and the slideshow versions of two of her artist books, The Story of Bern or Showing Colors (1970) and Berlin Beauties (1978). Additionally, the LP record “Dear Dieter,” through which Iannone interprets songs written and recorded by herself in 1973 for Roth after their breakup, will be continuously played in the exhibition space.
A cult figure in industrial music, founder of bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has developed, as a visual artist, the Pandrogeny project— a complex series of collaborative artworks by P-Orridge and his wife and fellow musician Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge. P-Orridge and Lady Jaye sought to merge their two identities by using plastic surgery, hormone therapy, cross-dressing, and altered behavior to create the united being Breyer P-Orridge. The exhibition features works related to their wedding, such as Polaroids and collages inspired by poet Brion Gysin’s technique of “cut-ups and permutations.”
Finally, the exhibition features Marie Losier’s documentary film The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011), the result of a seven-year-long delicate immersion into the personal and musical universe of the couple and an absolute ode to one of the most troubling love stories of the past decades.