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The House That Lust Built
The Toxic Titties and Dorit Margreiter
William E. Jones

Trinity Square Video Gallery
Opening: Friday May 16, 2008, 5 - 8pm
Exhibition: May 17 - June 14, 2008


Trinity Square Video and Inside Out are pleased to co-present The House That Lust Built, an exhibition curated by Jon Davies. The House That Lust Built features two works by Los Angeles- based queer artists that explore the relationship between architecture and desire. It juxtaposes two utterly distinct yet complementary articulations of sex and space. William E. Jones work presents
an underground aesthetic of illicit, small-town sex, in contrast with the Toxic Titties utopian sexual fantasy video. Between them, they generate productive tensions between public performance of sexuality and deviance.

William E. Jones video Mansfield 1962 (2006) re-presents surveillance footage shot by police in the eponymous town in Jones home state of Ohio. As part of a sting operation, the police hid in a public washroom to surreptitiously record its denizens having sex. Men of all races and ages move furtively around the stalls, appropriating it as a grubby temple of Eros. Blissfully unaware of the camera, the
men s democratic space of secret sex is shattered by the police s optical invasion.

At Home with the Toxic Titties (2006) is a film by the Toxic Titties and Dorit Margreiter set in John Lautner s modernist Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills. Typically used for Hollywood movie and advertising shoots, it serves here as the headquarters for a group of decadent lesbian superheroes. Transforming it into "a messy stronghold for rogue genetic engineering, sexual escapades, glamorous parties and plots for world domination," their rowdy exploits contrast sharply with the house s ultra-clean geometries.

Born in Canton, Ohio and based in Los Angeles, filmmaker William E. Jones edits together sequences from vintage 1970s and 1980s gay porn to create a discursive arena for considering the desires implicit in sexual imagery. His short films are at once explorations of the complexities of homosexual identity and nostalgic recollections of an erstwhile gay culture drastically altered since the onset of AIDS. For the most part editing out hard-core scenes, Jones allows his pieces to focus on the language of body movement and even landscape as sites for subtler fantasy and romanticism. His filmography includes Massillon (1991), Finished (1997), The Fall of Communism As Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), Is It Really So Strange? (2004), All Male Mash Up (2006), V.O. (2006) and Tearoom (2007), which is currently at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

The Los Angeles-based Toxic Titties is a collaborative group of feminist artists working with performance, video and film. Using pleasure and play, the group mutates with each performance to include a multiplicity of participants and embody queer perversions of cultural ideals. The Toxic Titties have appeared as camp counselors (Camp TT, 2001), the ultimate target market for new family values (Ikea Project, 2001), nude models (Beecroft Intervention, 2001), police officers (LATT, 2002), blushing brides (Toxic Union, 2002), a feminist militia (Toxic Troopers, 2003), high society art patrons (Be My Patron, 2003) and members of a lost art movement (The Mamaists, 2005). Toxic Titties is a project of artists Heather Cassils, Clover Leary and Julia Steinmetz, plus an ever evolving tribe of performers, designers, musicians and starlets.


Trinity Square Video Gallery
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 376
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416 593-1332

Aubrey Reeves

Trinity Square Video

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 376

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

416 593-1332





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