The primary material for the twelfth show by the Dogma 19 Artists is rubber gloves.
The exhibition opened online on 4 May 2022.
Fio Adamson. ‘Strange Fruit’. Rubber glove, ice, string. Dimensions variable.
Billie Holliday's classic song is well known to be about lynching in the American Deep South and here the hanging glove stands in for the whole body. Being the intended victim of such an act would grip anyone with icy terror. Victims were of course almost always black and the switch to a white hand lends irony but also white people's fear of bearing the brunt of revenge.
Hamish Pringle ‘Until’. Rubber gloves. Digital print of photograph 19cm x 19cm.
Removing rubber gloves means a task has been completed. The action of taking them off results in the fingers being inverted and truncated. As if they’ve been lost in the labour - “she worked her fingers to the bone”. And it most often is ‘she’. Several pairs of removed rubber gloves - ‘second skins’ - suggests a collective activity. Their pretty colours can’t disguise their role in manual work. This role is to protect the hands against the wrinkling, drying, and abrasion caused by detergents. Hands that need to be kept soft and attractive - for other reasons. These pairs of rubber gloves are supplicant. Resting until the next time.
Joana Passos ‘Third Skin’. Rubber gloves and red clay. Dimensions variable.
As a ceramist my second skin is protective rubber gloves which I wear when working with clay. I’m handling this malleable material throughout the whole transformative process: from a near-solid, to a paste, and then hardened. When recycling clay leftover I plunge my gloved hands into the bucket to break down lumps. I realise I have a third skin.
Claire Michel ‘These Gloves Are Made for Walking’. Digital photographic print. 50cm x 50cm.
‘These Gloves Are Made for Walking’.
"Here a man is wearing washing-up gloves instead of shoes. Would he rather go out for a walk than do housework?"
Nicola Siebert-Patel ‘Probe’. Surgical gloves and model.
“Can I have your name, address, contact number, emergency contact number, National Insurance number, NHS number, passport number, drivers' licence, credit card details, vaccination pass, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn addresses, political alignment, gender, race, and religion please?”