Gorge, by Nayland Blake, 1998

Nayland Blake Gorge, 1998

Medium: Single-channel video, color, sound
Dimensions: 60:00 min.
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Video still courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

When Nayland Blake made Gorge, he and his collaborator were part of a fetish scene referred to as "gaining and encouraging," which focuses on eating, gaining weight, and supporting efforts at weight gain in others. At first glance the scene seems more madcap than erotic, as the artist's collaborator feeds him a variety of iconic American foods, but it quickly moves from humorous to acutely visceral. Blake willingly confronts nuanced and oscillating moods: from arch sensuality—gnawing erotically at whatever is put before him—to insatiable gluttony, to a determined physical endurance.


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"Gorge." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​hammer.ucla.edu/​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​gorge/​.