Live with Goldendean @FNBArtJoburg AR Platform

Invite a manifestation of Goldendean into your sacred/ safe spaces for a moment of reflection with the help of the FNB ARTJOBURG augmented reality platform. Represented by Drea Projects, Goldendean presents moments of radical softness celebrating the right of bodies like theirs to be seen as beautiful, safe, and loveable. In these “comfort objects”, glowing, breathmaking sculptures that tenderly defy the social violence that would rather see bodies like ours triggered and traumatised, invisible and erased – the tenderqueer resists – developing intimate works at the intersection of art and love… asking us to feel, even from the centre of attention. 

VISIT https://www.instagram.com/ar/793216594571629/ to view the installation in AR (Augmented Reality)

The sculptures, designed in 3D for an AR experience are also available for purchase in limited editions, please see below.

Made as research objects, these drawings, doodles, stencils and digital works many of these marks were often made as self-care, in defiance of threats of violence, transphobia and body shaming against the artist’s body, gender expression and right to free expression. This process lays the framework for the design of sculptural works bridging the poetic and material potential of Goldendean’s transmuta(n)t body. These include a range of amorphous “comfort objects” that prioritise the haptic experience. Art that disrupts the convention that says the fine art object should not be touched.  Art that is an invitation to consensual contact – as innocent as a hug, art you can hold, art that holds you. Or an object of bold eroticism, unashamedly sensuous…

In an evolving public performance, as Goldendean, Dean Hutton’s strategy of simple and often improvised, disruptive actions by a “Fat Queer White Trans body” share moments of soft courage to affirm the right of all bodies to exist, to be celebrated and protected. By bringing their body onto display Goldendean and welcoming selfies and documentation by the audience their body becomes a monument the moment that image is made, to be shared, forever frozen at that point in memory. And when it is not possible to bring an exhibition to life, particularly for safety sake they have worked to develop virtual exhibitions into being. Unconstrained by budget and gravity, they design spaces as soft and curvy as their own body, and invite all to a potential for future collaborations beyond the physical world. 

Hutton’s practice does not approach any medium in isolation. Their installations are affective on more than the aesthetic of the seen, but by an invitation to feel – the experience of lived moments referenced from real-life. Particularly effective in public space where an audience can be an unexpected participant in the projection of meaning, transgressing the fourth wall separating artist, art object, and audience – Their body enacts the sculptural and inhabits the temporary monument at every stage of their performance and performativity, in an innovative approach that reinforces direct engagement – whether as installation in an experiential space to reference, or exploit the emotional resonances of real life or imagined happenings. 

Mistress Leia, a dominatrix in Paris

Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay and S&M play with submissives and clients in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay and S&M play with submissives and clients in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs with one of her submissives. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay and S&M play with submissives and clients in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with a Belgian performance artist. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with a Belgian performance artist. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay solo. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with a Belgian performance artist. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia and shaibari master poses with her tools in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia collects ID photographs of herself through the years. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with a Belgian performance artist. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs S&M play with submissives and clients in a “dungeon”, a parking garage in a Parisian basement. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay and S&M play with submissives and clients in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs foot torture for a client with a foot fetish and his mistress. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay and S&M play with submissives and clients in her Parisian apartment. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay in an abandoned pig abattoir outside Paris with a parisian musician. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay in an abandoned pig abattoir outside Paris with a parisian musician. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay in an abandoned pig abattoir outside Paris with a parisian musician. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs S&M play with submissives and clients in a “dungeon”, a parking garage in a Parisian basement. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay in an abandoned pig abattoir outside Paris with a parisian musician. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay with her submissives in Parisian Squat Le Bloc. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales
Parisian dominatrix Mistress Leia performs suspension ropeplay solo. Photograph © Dean Hutton. No Archives. No Sales

Dean’s Bed

Dean’s Bed is Love, intimacy, dreams, longing, conceit, queerness, identity, authenticity and beauty. 
Made by Dean Hutton, with people, not of subjects – Chosen family, old friends, new friends, artists. Working, playing, with the participants to reveal, but not capture, ultimate expressions of self… a naked… bare self that holds agency. Shifting photographer to participant, creating relationships and abandoning distance. 
Making Love. 
Like much of the artist’s work, this series of intimate portraits challenges what is “normal” outside of binary concepts of gender, embracing fluidity and a comfortable expression of difference. These issues of difference are particularly complex within an African context where Hutton’s white skin often places them as foreign to the continent while belonging nowhere else. Hutton deals deeply with the issue of whiteness in much of their work, particularly in their attempt to deconstruct the destructive possibilities of the white gaze and working with participants, never subjects, to disrupt the power relationships in the act of photography.

Dean’s Bed was presented at the 2014 Liste ArtFair Basel and FNB Joburg Artfair by Maria Fidel Regueros and ROOM gallery.

Plan B prints

Typographic Mediatation

The Crucible

First presented at the Bag Factory, and then Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square Alex Dodd writes of The Crucible in the Art Times: “The viewer must crouch down and enter through razor wire portals into the smoke- lled interior surrounded by a crucible of projected ames blazing around a small altar on which lies a South African ID book. It’s the closest I’ve come to experiencing what it must have felt like to be a victim of one of the violent attacks on foreigners. Better than reading so many life-sapping newspaper reports… ”