LUST FOR LIFE


Well, I never got my license to live
They won't give it up
So I stand at the world's edge
 

I'm trying to break in
Oh, I know it's not for me
And the sight of it all
Makes me sad and ill
That's when I want some weird sin
 

Things get too straight
I can't bear it
I feel stuck, stuck on a pin
 

I'm trying to break in
Oh, I know it's not for me
And the sight of it all
Makes me sad and ill
That's when I want some weird sin
 

That's when I want some weird sin

Just to relax with 

Yeah, some dumb, weird sin
For a while anyway
With my head on the ledge
That's what you get out on the edge

Some weird sin 


— Iggy Pop, "Some Weird Sin," Lust for Life(RCA,1977)

 

Edward Ressle’s exhibition Lust for Life takes its title from Iggy Pop’s 1977 album of the same name, recorded during the songwriter’s Berlin years. In ruminations on alienation and precarity, as well as the desire to find one’s place in the world, the album’s central themes remain relevant to our contemporary lived experience. As an exhibition, Lust for Life takes as its subject life itself—its sensual pleasures, its creativity and expression, as well as those systems which stand in the way of its realization. 

Lust for Life brings together a group of artists whose work looks askance at contemporary social and political structures to cultivate new possibilities for living in the world. Whether through ironic, detached figuration or through sensuous bodily references, these artists interrogate the construction of identity and what it means to be an embodied subject today. Pushing up against the constraints of preexisting categories and social constructions—or working within them—the work on view delights in transgressing boundaries in a lust for life. 

 


Location

  • Edward Ressle Shanghai

Date

  • 19.06.2021 - 31.08.2021

Artists