Pat Brassington,   Quiescent  , 2014, pigment print, 106x96cm.

Pat Brassington, Quiescent, 2014, pigment print, 106x96cm.


8 APRIL - 10 MAY 2014
ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s most highly respected and influential artists working in photo-media.  Through her ongoing practice, informed by Surrealism, Brassington’s work delves into the uncanny and the curious effect ambiguity has on interpretation.

Seemingly innocent, her images open up like a flower, gorgeous and dream-like, then morph into a psychological Rorschach. Here, the endless possibilities of  our complex inner states - narratives of sex, memory and identity - run quietly rampant.

Pat has said of her most recent works: ‘I aim to pitch my images just off the verge of normality, into those dense patches where the commonplace goes awry.’

This selection of works is classically provocative and ambiguous in nature; striking, beautiful and superbly loaded. 

In 2013 Brassington won the prestigious Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize.  In 2012 she was honored with a major nationally touring survey of her work, A Rebours, by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Brassington’s work has also featured extensively in major exhibitions, including the Adelaide Biennale Parallel Colisions (2012); Feminism Never Happened at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010); the Biennale of Sydney (2004); a major solo retrospective at the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne (2002); World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2000) and Fotokunst Aus Australien, Berlin (2000), curated by Bernice Murphy.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include Pat Brassington at Ten Cubed, Melbourne (2014); In search of the marvellous at CAST Gallery, Hobart (2013); a survey exhibition at the Lönnstrom Art Museum, Finland (2008).

Pat Brassington’s work is held in many public collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia,  Tarrawarra Musuem of Art and ArtBank.

For all enquiries please contact Annabel Holt at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.