Singing the body electric, in verse
Poetry among Pat Brassington’s photographs
With a title derived from a Walt Whitman poem, the exhibition Pat Brassington: the body electric considers the influence that poetry has had on the work of this inventive photo-media artist. Depicting fictional and illusory worlds populated by imaginary bodies, Brassington’s photographic works suggest, yet ultimately deny, narrative context or resolution. They don’t tell complete stories but, like singular poetic stanzas, contain elusive and fragmentary images that we are not necessarily invited to decipher.
To pay tribute to the relationship between Brassington’s work and poetic form, join us for an afternoon of live poetry readings by poets Emily Stewart and Evelyn Araluen, as they recite compositions inspired by the works in the exhibition.
The event will be opened by Associate Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney, who will discuss poetry that, like Brassington’s work, examines the body through visceral imagery.
Image: Pat Brassington The permissions #3 (detail) from the series Quill 2013, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Pat Brassington