The legendary adult entertainer Gloria Leonard once said
“The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting”
To see these images in a bright white gallery rather than on a human body, a slash sheet tacked to a wall or in a much-handled magazine is a chance to both recontextualise them and share in the enjoyment of viewing together.
from the catalogue for ‘Platonic Erotic’
Tiliqua Tiliqua are very proud to be hosting Onnie O’Leary’s second ever solo show, and her first in Australia.
On show will be a collection of all her print and published works so far with @rakinglightprojects as well as test proofs, experimental prints and plates. Prints, comics, stickers and a catalogue will be available for sale.
Onnie O’Leary is primarily an erotic tattoo artist with an international clientele. Despite amassing a large following through social media over the last decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to share her work due to online censorship and the use of algorithms and neural networks that cannot distinguish between art and pornography. As a consequence her art is often now an exploration of what is both titillating and permissible in an online and physical space.