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Skins at Ellis King / Dublin

Leda Bourgogne | Heidi Bucher | Jacky Connolly | Jessica Diamond | Louis Eisner | Lali Foster | Joseph Geagan | Ross Iannatti | Anne Imhof | Yoan Mudry | Katja Novitskova | Lydia Ourahmane | Michael Ross | Emily Ludwig Shaffer | Anina Troesch | Franz West | Zoe Williams

11th Nov – 17th Dec 2016

Ellis King
unit 7, white swan
donore avenue
dublin 8, ireland





 Heidi Bucher 

Yoan Mudry 

Yoan Mudry



 Emily Ludwig Shaffer 

Zoe Williams



Anina Troesch 


Leda Bourgogne 



 Joseph Geagan 

Ross Iannatti 


Louis Eisner 


 Katja Novitskova



Lydia Ourahmane 

Franz West


Jacky Connolly 


Lali Foster

Michael Ross


Ellis King is delighted to present Skins – a group exhibition exploring the phenomena of tactility.  The show aims to acknowledge formal attributes in art and the effect it has on the onlooker; their reactions and subsequent interpretations. 

‘Skin’ can imply a range of dichotomies: organic or contrived, protective or penetrable, idiosyncrasies visible in many of the works shown. It can also be seductive, and due to the palpable nature of the artworks the spectator may be coerced to touch. Yet, in this context and environment, they must fight the inclination to do so. In many cases touch is necessary - to touch is often to know. Here, touch is met with condemnation; a slap on the wrist, or more appropriate form of admonishment.

‘Skin’, by disposition, does not solely provide a fa├žade; it absorbs and consumes. Much like the viewer at the exhibition, who is forced to articulate their visceral experiences into intangible thought. 

So when approach is limited, how well do we manage our constraint? Accept the limitation or try desperately to subdue the desire for further exploration? 

Give them an inch, they say. 

Yet, on the contrary, when we are met with the exposed do we become roused or avert our senses to the benign?