Exhibition talks: Pat Brassington
Short talks by the curator, artists and experts
Discover the themes and artworks in the exhibition Pat Brassington: the body electric in this series of talks.
Image: Pat Brassington Drink me 1997 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Pat Brassington
Isobel Parker Philip
Isobel Parker Philip, the Gallery’s acting curator of photographs and curator of the exhibition, will discuss Pat Brassington’s use of visceral imagery and unpack the artist’s ongoing fascination with the body in all its elasticity.
Note: Due to illness, Pat Brassington is unable to participate in this tour as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.
Wednesday 13 September 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Dr Astrid Lorange is a writer, teacher and editor from Sydney. She lecturers in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design. She has published poetry, essays, criticism and art writing internationally and locally – including How reading is written: a brief index to Gertrude Stein – and her current research focuses on contemporary writing practices in and around art. She is one-half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and the curator of the occasional talk series Conspiracy.
Wednesday 11 October 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Cherine Fahd’s work broadly explores the relationship between bodies and sculpture, often to surreal effect. Since the late 1990s, Cherine’s trajectory has moved from simple portraits of her family wearing fabricated plaster creations, to street shots where the subject is unaware of being photographed and, more recently, various forms of self-portraiture. In all guises, she employs some way of ‘sculpting’ the body for the camera.
Wednesday 15 November 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Dr Kyla McFarlane is curator academic programs (research) at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. Previously she was acting curatorial manager of Australian art at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art and held key curatorial positions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Monash University Museum of Art, both in Melbourne. She has a PhD in visual culture from Monash University, focusing on the relationship between photography, feminism and psychoanalysis, which features a discussion of the work of Pat Brassington. In this talk, she will focus on selected works in the exhibition, delving into the psychological and uncanny terrain of this artist’s practice and tracing her recurring motifs, conceptual shifts and influences.
Wednesday 29 November 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Emmaline Zanelli is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia, who has been actively exhibiting since 2010. She completed a BA Visual Art & Design in 2015, and was selected by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art to exhibit in the annual HATCHED National Graduate Exhibition and was awarded a highly commended. Zanelli’s photographs are vessels for exploration, wherein each work is a portal into an ambiguous, half-way space where fears and fantasies are given physical form. Her work employs a tactile visual language and her practice becomes increasingly sculptural as it expands to include costume and video. Emmaline joins us to reflect on Pat Brassington’s work through her own practice.
Wednesday 10 January 2018 5:30pm – 6pm