There's a Hole in the Bucket
do you ever wonder if there was a home there wouldn’t be a search party In you (version 1 and 2) there was temporary shelter The walls of the structure were oozing For a while it looked like you (version 1) had changed, remedied (version 2) and I have barely had a day apart Staring into the pool the bottom is barely visible But then through the haze (of version 2) all becomes clear-ish I think you evolved into something that oxygenates the water Another kind of agitator If you (version 1) had been able to keep your head above the water I wonder what reflection you would have seen Whilst stuck in the reflection there’s no hiding place Apart from where the light comes from back together again long shadows cast across the floor A bit rounder but much happier than before got tapped on the shoulder and thought it was for being too much Turns out it was for being enough - Slugtown are pleased to present There is a Hole in the Bucket by James Cabaniuk. Primarily working with large format painting, Cabaniuk’s practice uses personal and canonical histories to debunk myths of shame around trauma and queer identity. Focusing on the issues within abstract expressionism and its machismo, they navigate the complex relationship of disdaining whilst fetishising the power they hold. They employ coding, abstraction, and queer opacity – layering to construct records. With materials like confetti, glitter and soil serving as tools of celebration, resilience, and connection. Shaped through rapid creation, the paintings are all about the drama, encompassing concepts of fun, camp, sexuality, gender, self destruction, healing, and community. James Cabaniuk (b. 1987, Carlisle, UK) is a British artist living and working between Manchester and London, having recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University in 2023. Cabaniuk previously established and ran horseshed, a queer archive and exhibition space in a rural shed and hosted online. They were commissioned by Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners to commemorate their 30th anniversary. Recent exhibitions include: Here, Ione & Mann, London, 2023; Des Bains presentation for Minor Attractions/Cornershop, London, 2023; UNANNOUNCED The other voices of silence, Artland Milano, Milan, 2023; LIPS 2, Men’s Toilets, Goldsmiths MFA Studios, Deptford, London; Our Body Are Portal, The Asylum Chapel, London; The Night Holds Its Breath – Queer Direct, Unit 21 Penarth Centre, London; The Cave You Fear To Enter Holds The Treasure You Seek, Lima Zulu, London; My Past is Not My Present – All Welcome, Vilnius, Lithuania.