Yeung’s exhibition at Gasworks delves into the complex social dynamics and interspecies relationships in London’s gay cruising areas. Central to the exhibition is a scale recreation of Hampstead Heath’s infamous “fuck tree”, a notorious ageing oak whose sturdy trunk is bent low and whose bark is polished smooth following its regular nocturnal use. Cast in soap, Yeung’s version fills the dimly lit gallery with an earthy, moist scent – evoking a liminal space of desire, longing, and shame.
Employing light and scent as key elements in his sculptural work, Yeung transforms the gallery to explore the fluid interplay between night and day, public and private life, hiding from others and being seen.
Venue: Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH
Trevor Yeung, Night Mushroom in Shade (Table), 2022, Night lamp, plug adaptors, Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery.