An image of 'The New Eros', a piece I showed recently in a group show in London.
The show, 'We Could Not Agree', was in the Q-Park multi storey car park beneath Cavendish Square in London.
The piece was inspired by my having re-read two of J G Ballard's novels, The Atrocity Exhibition and Crash.
Ballard was obsessed with multi storeys. For him they were fetishised places. In The Atrocity Exhibition he writes of 'the mysterious eroticism of the multi storey'. In Crash the anti hero Vaughan is in a multi storey 'his eyes following the canted floors, as if trying to recognise everything that had passed between himself and the dark haired girl'. In both Crash and The Atrocity Exhibition multi storeys and sex are inextricably linked.
My piece suggested itself within moments of my visiting the Q-Park. Opposite my studio is a tyre warehouse. Piles of tyres on the forecourt are each marked in chalk with the tyre's size and specification. I showed these tyres with, instead of the specifications, the chalked in names and phone numbers of hookers advertising their services. Fictitious names of course!
Writing about Ballard, the novelist Zadie Smith observes 'In Crash the distinction between humans and things has become too small to be meaningful', and these fetishised tyres, worn out, discarded, seemed to me an appropriate metaphor for the joyless car park sex that Ballard describes.