Chronicling his successes and failures in love, Colin J. Radcliffe’s autobiographical work focuses on his experiences of love, sex, and intimacy in the context of queer digital space. While deceptively playful, both the phones and figurative ceramics explore his ambivalence in love, and the dynamics of queer relationships today. Each work is a personal memory, an ode to a romantic or sexual partner and their connection to one another (or lack thereof). Infatuation, humor, and playfulness simultaneously spur the making of each piece alongside loneliness, disdain, and lewdity.
Stemming from his attachment and over-reliance on social technology, particularly in forming queer friendships and romances, the ceramic phones often pull directly from his interactions on dating apps like Grindr, Jack’d, and Tinder. The figures are instead based on past lovers, mixing his often unspoken sentiments and traumas with the perception or memory of a particular partner. From working his hands into wet clay, the very same hands that held and caressed a particular lover or exchanged intimate text messages, Radcliffe cultivates an imprint of tenderness, humor, and emotional immediacy in his work. "Left on Read" is the first exhibition in the "Solos x3" series. It will be exhibiting at Equity Gallery from April 18th to April 27th.