Published in 2016 on Juliette Jongma
touchy-feely (ˈtʌtʃɪ ˈfiːlɪ)
1/. openly displaying one's emotions and affections ˈtouchy-ˈfeeliness
touchy feely is an exhibition about the visual and sensual attractiveness expressed on the flat surface by six contemporary male artists. The group exhibition displays a range of art works with a strong allure, evoking a feeling of wanting to be touched groped or even scratched.
An exhibition at the MAC/VAL Musee d’Art Contemporain in the outskirts of Paris, currently on view, questions and represents masculinity in the 21st century. The works exhibited offer new ways of thinking about the male artist and the masculine presence in contemporary art and society, giving a broader perspective on gender roles.
The show at gallery Juliette Jongma brings to light similar concerns. The ongoing search for new ways of manifesting on the flat surface, results in bold gestures mixed with fragile endings.