Catalogue with 16 black and white and 4 coloured figures in offset print, designed by Toni Schönbuchner (ARC)
Paperback, 20x28 cm, 16 pages, edition of 400
In his small scale paintings and drawings Stu Mead creates a phantasmagoric universe full of outrageous erotic phantasies, profanations and sexual perversions. His central cast are pre-adolescent girls, but also pubescent teenagers and mature women. He lets them pose exlicitly for the male voyeur in artificial and unnatural, often carnivalesque sceneries.
Meads figures take part in the ongoing sexualisation of the female child in visual mass culture. But beyond this his girls expose the academic art history's inadequate dealing with the artistic nudes of children during the past two centuries as ideological projections. The erotic in Mead's works is not ambigouosly enigmatic, not coated or camouflaged, but undeniable, explicit and obscenely exposed. (see Hansdieter Erbsmehl, Stu Mead's Ready Maids, stumead.com)