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Sweat’s eye-popping fluorescent tones and vivid graphic style reference the acid-hued slogans of Nineties rave culture. Peake’s prose poem “JOLTING BODY W. SWEATY SKIN / A SHEEN OF SWEAT, / IRIDESCENT IN / TWILIGHT” ambiguously references both sex and athletics. This sensual ambiguity reflects Peake’s on-going exploration of human bodies as both sculptural objects and personal subjects. The screen print combines glossy blended colour with scrawling matte text created using pieces of masking tape, in a style reminiscent of Peake’s spray-painted works on steel. Each individual print varies slightly, with wider or narrower blends of colour, reflecting the hand-crafted nature of the screenprinting process.
Eddie Peake's multi-faceted practice uses performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and installation to explore the fluid aspects of sexuality, gender categorisation, and identity. Laying bare societal attitudes to sex while making us aware of our own voyeurism, his multi-sensory artworks are explicit and exuberant, titillating and playful. Perhaps best known for his performances, Eddie Peake develops gallery-based live works in which the relationships between an ensemble are made palpable through a series of choreographed gestures and interactions, with bodies switching between being seen as sculptural objects or complex human subjects. Emotions such as desire, jealousy, shame, or power are played out using surreal or unexpected signifiers such as colored body paints and animal costumes.
Eddie Peake was born in London in 1981. He lives and works in London.