• Richard Hawkins, Voluptuous One, 2005, oil on linen, 48 x 60".

    Richard Hawkins

    De Appel
    Schipluidenlaan 12D4
    November 17, 2007–February 3, 2008

    Curated by Ann Demeester

    When an artist seeks insight into the nature of obsession via soul-searching missives to serial killer John Wayne Gacy, you know he's willing to beat dark paths to get to the heart of his subject. Los Angeles–based artist Richard Hawkins has spent the past two decades diligently mining the twisted topos of desire—whether through collages of celebrity crushes, Photoshopped prints of pop stars transformed into “disembodied zombies,” or lascivious paintings of young male trade cavorting in clubs with gentlemen of a certain age. Rather than sticking to a staid chronological arrangement for this survey, curator Ann Demeester plans to divvy up the artist's prurient, gimlet-eyed contributions by theme, offering juxtapositions of works in assorted media and from various time periods—and, one expects, a new perspective on his oeuvre. A catalogue including texts by Demeester and Bruce Hainley accompanies the show.