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Wilkinson Gallery is pleased to announce its third solo exhibition by Jimmy De Sana (1950 – 1980)\, focusing on   the colour photographs produced during the late 70s and early 80s. < /p>\n

De S ana made images rather than taking photographs. In the darkroom he enhanced colours and used solarisation  to create his own particular photographic l anguage. He played with the idea of the body as sculpture and the  sometime s extreme sexual imagery was informed by the punk scene of downtown New Yor k. The figures in the  photographs were his friends. He also used his own b ody in some of the images\, all of which were staged in his  home and studi o.

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His photographs begin within a suburban setting\, but one slowly infi ltrated with the sexuality and absurdity that  could only be found in a dec aying lower Manhattan. De Sana was influenced from a young age by the writi ngs of  William Burroughs (with whom he collaborated on the earlier Submiss ion series) an influence that dispatched the  beatific\, underground\, punk sensibilities and the eccentric\, perverse tone that came to define his ph otographs -the  graphic exposure and leaking discovery of licentiousness\, carried out within a suburban home. As Burroughs put it\,  “Look at these p ictures in Submission…My dear\, its all so Christian and medieval and gloom y.”

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Jimmy De Sana’s work is currently included in the exhibition\, G lam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool  and This Will Hav e Been: Art\, Love &\; Politics in the 1980’s at The Museum of Cont emporary Art\, Chicago. Solo  exhibitions include\, Wilkinson Gallery (2008 and 2007)\, White Columns\, New York (2007)\, Pat Hearn Gallery\,  New Yor k (1997\, 1995\, 1988\, 1986)\, and Galerie Jablonka\, Cologne (1989). Grou p shows include This Will Have  Been: Art\, Love &\; Politics in the 1980’s\, The Institute of Contemporary Art\, Boston (2012-2013) and T he Walker  Art Centre\, Minneapolis (2012)\, Off the Wall: Part 1 – Thi rty Performative Actions\, Whitney Museum of American  Art\, New York (2010)\, Looking at Music: Side 2\, The Museum of Modern Art\, New York (2009)\, Eat the  Document\, curated by Dean Daderko\, Laris sa Goldston Gallery\, New York (2008)\, Blow Both of Us\, curated by  Shann on Ebner and Adam Putnam\, Participant Inc\, New York (2007)\, Erotopho bia\, Simon Watson Gallery\, New  York (1989)\, Staging The Self: photography 1840 -1985\, National Portrait Gallery\, London (1986)\, < em>New York\,  New Wave\, PS1\, New York (1981) and Times Square Show\ , New York (1980).

DTEND:20130512 DTSTAMP:20140420T133652 DTSTART:20130405 GEO:51.5345651;-0.0548183 LOCATION:Wilkinson Gallery\,50/58 Vyner Street \nLondon\, E2 9DQ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Suburban Color Sex Pictures\, Jimmy De Sana UID:266596 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:200000 DTSTAMP:20140420T133652 DTSTART:180000 GEO:51.5345651;-0.0548183 LOCATION:Wilkinson Gallery\,50/58 Vyner Street \nLondon\, E2 9DQ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Suburban Color Sex Pictures\, Jimmy De Sana UID:266597 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR