Koes Staassen

Koes Staassen: Dissolution

Online tentoonstelling
2 juli 2017
Koes Staassen, Dissolution II (video still), 2016
Hans Bellmer, Les jeux de la poupu00e9e, 1938
Koes Staassen, studio 20/02/17, 2017
Koes Staassen, When Tenderness Forms a Threat (A.S. July 7 2015), 2016
Pierre Molinier, Autoportrait, 1979
Damien Dubrovnik, concert
Damien Dubrovnik, concert
Butoh soloist, Goi Teru in his studio, 1987
Jean Benner, Briseis crying over the body of Patroclus
Pierre et Gilles, Enzo, 2005
Adam Patterson & Koes Staassen, aktion: dissolution 21/12/15, 2015
Sexual revolution in the underground press 1963-1979
Tatsumi Hijikata and the japanese people: rebellion of the body, 1968
Koes Staassen, studio 20/02/17, 2017
Carlos Martiel, Simiente (seed), 2014
Koes Staassen, A Longing Unbound (K.B. September 7 2016), 2016
Elisabet Stienstra, Falling Man, 1991
Nan Goldin, Scopophilia, 2011
Alcide Joseph Lorentz, Saint Sebastian
David Altmejd, Juices, 2014
Nils Dardel, David and Goliath, 1916
Arca, Anoche (video clip), 2017
Matthew Barney, Hoist, 2006
Pierre Klossowski, La caverne de Cacus , 1987
Hans Bellmer, A Sade (plate 10), 1961
Louise Bourgeois, Arch of Hysteria, 1993
Hermann Nitsch, 6-day-play-fra 1998
Koes Staassen, Through Play We Surrender (T.K. May 7 2015), 2015
Koes Staassen, studio 20/02/2017, 2017
Otto Muehl, Action no. 26: Food Test, 1966
Koes Staassen, Resisting the Urge (S.A. July 3 2015), 2015
Adam Patterson, Crown of Thorns (video still), 2017
Gu00fcnter Brus, Das Vitriolkabinett, 1966
Derek Jarman, The Tempest (video still), 1979
Koes Staassen, studio 15/01/2017, 2017
Koes Staassen, Ties of Devotion - installation view, 2016

“Stripping naked is the decisive action. Nakedness offers a contrast to self-possession, to discontinuous existence, in other words. It is a state of communication revealing a quest for a possible continuance of being beyond the confines of the self. Bodies open out to a state of continuity through secret channels that give us a feeling of obscenity. Obscenity is our name for the uneasiness which upsets the physical state associated with self-possession, with the possession of a recognised and stable individuality. Through the activity of organs in a flow of coalescence and renewal, like the ebb and flow of waves surging into one another, the self is dispossessed, and so completely that most creatures in a state of nakedness, for nakedness is symbolic of this dispossession and heralds it, will hide; particularly if the erotic act follows, consummating it.” 

– Georges Bataille, Erotism Death & Sensuality (p.17, 1957)


There is great power in ‘active passivity’, in surrendering to our shared desires. 
Don’t we all want to dissolve into something greater than ourselves? 
Our surrender means the dissolution of our individuality. 
One is active, violent and invading while the Other receiving and allowing for a merging. 
Together we are present, physically and mentally tuned in, connected.  

I am taken by the image of the passive male form. 
These bodies surrender to our gaze but are not threatened by it. 
I desire and imagine and fantasize 
and ultimately feel ready to get to work- 
leading to a proposition; 
“I confess, I want you to undress.”  

June 2017

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