PAT BRASSINGTON | JACKY REDGATE

PAT BRASSINGTON and JACKY REDGATE are included in the important exhibition Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, opening tomorrow. The exhibition reflects upon the current state of contemporary photography in Australia through the work of thirteen artists. . The exhibition is open from 6 March – 22 September.

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Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, installation view, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2019. Courtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, installation view, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2019. Courtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

PAT BRASSINGTON | JULIE RRAP | HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT

Pat Brassington,  The Wedding Guest , 2005, pigment print, 84 x 62 cm.

Pat Brassington, The Wedding Guest, 2005, pigment print, 84 x 62 cm.

PAT BRASSINGTON, JULIE RRAP and HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT are included in In Her Words at Horsham Regional Art Gallery, opening this weekend. .

In Her Words focuses on women behind and in front of the camera. Women who are in control of their own story; whether they are speaking their own truth or re-enacting the accounts of others. The exhibition aims to get to the core of the female experience, rights and challenges. The exhibition continues until 19 May.

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Pat Brassington,  Heart's Blood , 2017, pigment print, 90 x 65 cm.

Pat Brassington, Heart's Blood, 2017, pigment print, 90 x 65 cm.

PAT BRASSINGTON'S latest body of work, Nonetheless, is currently on show at Latrobe Regional Gallery. An opening reception will be held tomorrow evening, Friday 22 February, 6pm - 8pm. The exhibition continues until 7 April.

Informed by feminism, psychoanalysis and contemporary critical theory, Brassington has developed a unique oeuvre of enigmatic and visually intriguing photomontages constructed from seamlessly joined found and taken images. Suffused with suggestions of fear, repulsion, desire, sex, and memory, but with few clues to decode their narrative contexts, these images exist in an ambiguous space that triggers unexpected associations.

Nonetheless was shown at ARC ONE Gallery in July last year.

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PAT BRASSINGTON's work A's Joy has been featured on the cover of the book, 'The Mummy’s Foot and the Big Toe: Feet and Imaginative Promise'. In this book Alan Krell addresses the absurd, the abject, the banal and the romantic, as he describes the appearance of the foot in literature, photography, art and film.

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Pat Brassington, A's Joy, 2005, pigment print, 84 x 62cm.

Pat Brassington, A's Joy, 2005, pigment print, 84 x 62cm.

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A selection of works by PAT BRASSINGTON are currently on display at the Monash Gallery of Art as part of 'LEGACY +...collecting contemporary'. This offshoot of 'LEGACY. Your collection. Our Story,' showcases the work of artists who create incredibly potent narratives within their practice, with performative, experimental and chance encounters tying these works together.

The exhibition continues until 19 August. 

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Pat Brassington,  Starlight  from the series   Gentle , 2001, pigment print, 65 x 43.5cm.

Pat Brassington, Starlight from the series  Gentle, 2001, pigment print, 65 x 43.5cm.

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Pat Brassington,  Heart's Blood , 2017, pigment print, 90 x 65cm. 

Pat Brassington, Heart's Blood, 2017, pigment print, 90 x 65cm. 

PAT BRASSINGTON currently has her second solo exhibition on at Ten Cubed. 

Ten Cubed first began collecting Brassington's works in 2010, acquiring two prints – 'Going' and 'By the Way' – from her self-titled exhibition here at ARC ONE held in the same year. Early on, Brassington was selected as a core artist in Ten Cubed's collection and her first solo exhibition was held in 2014.

The exhibition will continue until 8 September, 2018.

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Pat Brassington, Camourflage #2, 2018, pigment print, 78 x 56 cm.

Pat Brassington, Camourflage #2, 2018, pigment print, 78 x 56 cm.

One of Australia’s most significant and influential artists, Pat Brassington, returns to ARC ONE with Nonetheless, a new body of work that provokes, delights, and disturbs the senses.

Since the mid-1980s Pat Brassington has worked predominantly in photo-media within a disrupted surrealist aesthetic. Informed by feminism, psychoanalysis and contemporary critical theory, she has developed a unique oeuvre of enigmatic and visually intriguing photomontages constructed from seamlessly joined found and taken images. Suffused with suggestions of fear, repulsion, desire, sex, and memory, but with few clues to decode their narrative contexts, these images exist in an ambiguous space that triggers unexpected associations.

Pat Brassington, The Sleeper, 2018, pigment print, 90 x 68 cm.

Pat Brassington, The Sleeper, 2018, pigment print, 90 x 68 cm.

In Nonetheless, images and motifs familiar from previous series evolve and shift, becoming bearers of new meanings and insinuations. Bodies are fragmented, distorted and foreshortened, female lingerie is submerged and sodden, flowers are erotic, reds and fleshy tones pulsate, feet are hyper-pointed and elongated, and shoes are fetishised. Digitally manipulated, evocatively juxtaposed, and placed within claustrophobic, eerily lit interiors, these innocent forms and bodily fragments are rendered abject and sublime, unsettling and seductive through their superbly loaded connotations.

These works are provocatively ambiguous. Drawing influence from the Surrealists, notions of the uncanny, and Walter Benjamin’s ‘optical unconscious’, as well as literary references such as Alice in Wonderland, Brassington employs photomontage to reveal the incredible power of the mind to transform mundane objects and situations into sites/sights of horror, menace, sensuality, and desire.

As Brassington explains: When morphing an image I baulk prior to resolution and prefer to leave it hovering in uncertainty. Our visual brain endlessly seeks resolution and hence the real exerts a magnetic attraction. My aim is to use this gravitas to spin off towards other possibilities.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. This year, Brassington won the prestigious Australia Council Award for Visual Arts. In 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Don Macfarlane Prize. In 2013, she won the Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize. In 2012, she was honoured 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 Shape of Things to Come at Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne (2018); Today Tomorrow Yesterday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017); Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); Adelaide Biennial Parallel Collisions (2012); Feminism Never Happened at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010); the Biennale of Sydney (2004); 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 (2018); The Body Electric, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); Just So, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne (2016); In search of the marvellous at CAST Gallery, Hobart (2013); a survey exhibition at the Lönnstrom Art Museum, Finland (2008); Pat Brassington at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2007); a major solo retrospective at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2002) and Gentle at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2001).

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; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne; ArtBank, Sydney; Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne; Cologne Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Geelong Art Gallery; Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; City of Yarra Collection; University of Technology, Sydney; Banyule City Council; Horsham Gallery of Art; Murdoch University, WA; Devonport Art Gallery, Tasmania; Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania; Fremantle Arts Centre, WA; University of the Northern Territory, Darwin; La Trobe University Art Collection, Melbourne; Collection of Legal Aid Victoria.

Pat Brassington lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania.

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PAT BRASSINGTON has been selected for an upcoming exhibition on contemporary Australian photographic artists at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. The exhibition will occur in 2019.

 

  

Pat Brassington,  Mantle , 2017, pigment print, 90 x 76.5cm.

Pat Brassington, Mantle, 2017, pigment print, 90 x 76.5cm.

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PAT BRASSINGTON's work can be seen in The Design Files latest article about Buxton Contemporary. The Gallery dedicated to The Michael Buxton collection will open Friday 9 March.

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Pat Brassington,  By the Way,  2010, Pigment Print, 72 x 90 cm

Pat Brassington, By the Way, 2010, Pigment Print, 72 x 90 cm

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Congratulations to PAT BRASSINGTON for receiving the Australia Council Award for Visual Arts 2018! The prestigious peer-nominated award recognises and celebrates the significant contributions of  eight leading artists from different fields to Australia’s artistic and cultural vibrancy. The recipients will be honoured tonight during a special ceremony at Carriageworks, Sydney.

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Pat Brassington,  A's Joy,  2005, pigment print, 84 x 62 cm.

Pat Brassington, A's Joy, 2005, pigment print, 84 x 62 cm.

PAT BRASSINGTON is included in La Trobe Art Institute's current exhibition, A Gathering. The show brings together a selection of artwork from the La Trobe University Collections. The exhibition represents a static snapshot of the variety of artworks in a large collection as well as a dynamic expression of the relationships that exist between artworks, eras and styles. An assembly of individual works is both many pieces and one entity. A Gathering is also an acknowledgement that choice, selection and positioning are important factors in bringing together an exhibition and aims to illuminate this aspect of exhibition making.

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Pat Brassington,  Permissions #6 , 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Pat Brassington, Permissions #6, 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Brassington’s art defies easy compartmentalisation – it may draw on the artist’s biography, but it is not autobiographical.  The images possess a narrative, but it is not one that is easily deciphered or, for that matter, completely decipherable.  They are deliberately enigmatic images, hauntingly memorable and deliberately disturbing. 
— Sasha Grishin

Excellent review of PAT BRASSINGTON's practice and current exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Body Electric.

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Congratulations to PAT BRASSINGTON who has been awarded the inaugural $50,000 Don Macfarlane Prize.

Established and named in honour of respected Melbourne businessman, Donald (Don) Macfarlane, the Prize is a new $50,000 award given annually to a senior Australian artist in recognition of their unwavering, agenda-setting arts practice, ongoing cultural contribution and leadership, and commitment to mentorship.

Decided unanimously by an Advisory Committee that includes senior members of Australia’s visual arts community, the Macfarlane Prize recognizes Brassington’s groundbreaking, enduring career, which spans four decades. 

Pat Brassington's next exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery will be in 2018.

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Pat Brassington,  Drink Me , 1997, Inkjet print, 100 x 80cm. 

Pat Brassington, Drink Me, 1997, Inkjet print, 100 x 80cm. 

Excellent review of PAT BRASSINGTON's solo exhibition, The Body Electric, in the latest issue of the British Journal of Photography. Daniel Boetker-Smith writes:
"...Brassington's frequently childlike approach to the construction of images...are not acutely scientific or perfect but give the viewer the feeling of happening upon a cabinet of curios and obscure specimens."

The Body Electric opens at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday 19 August 2017. 

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PAT BRASSINGTON is exhibiting works in the group exhibition, Contemporising the Modern: Photography from the 20th and 21st Century at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW. 

The exhibition showcases photographic works collected by Russell Mills and donated to the Murray Art Museum Albury, MAMA in 2015. The collection explores the development of Australian photography and its coming of age in a period when photographers were investigating and pushing the boundaries of the acceptance of photography as a pure art form. 

Opening Friday 7 July, and continuing until Sunday 27 August 2017. 

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Pat Brassington,  The Permissions #4 , 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Pat Brassington, The Permissions #4, 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Pat Brassington,  The Permissions #6 , 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Pat Brassington, The Permissions #6, 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

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PAT BRASSINGTON is exhibiting as part of mad love — a group exhibition at Arndt Art Agency (A3), Berlin.

mad love is part of the cultural initiative Australia now a year-long program celebrating Australian arts, culture, science and innovation across Germany.

The exhibition continues until 29 September.

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Listen to the ABC Radio National episode discuss the Australia Now cultural program here

Pat Brassington,  Topography in Pink , 2005, pigment print. 

Pat Brassington, Topography in Pink, 2005, pigment print. 

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Image: Pat Brassington,  Topography in Pink , 2005, pigment print, 86 x 64cm.

Image: Pat Brassington, Topography in Pink, 2005, pigment print, 86 x 64cm.

“Pat doesn’t like to give a lot away. She likes to leave it open to the imagination and to your interpretation. There are lots of ways it can be interpreted, and that is the beauty of her work.”

Museum of Contemporary Art's Senior Curator, Natasha Bullock, talks to The Australian about PAT BRASSINGTON's photo-based practice.

A suite of Pat Brassington's works are currently exhibited at the MCA, in the group show Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday. The exhibition continues through to 22 May.

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IMANTS TILLERS & PAT BRASSINGTON

Pat Brassington,  Topography in Pink , 2005, pigment print, 86 x 64cm. 

Pat Brassington, Topography in Pink, 2005, pigment print, 86 x 64cm. 

Imants Tillers,  Victory over death (for Paul Taylor),  1999, gouache, oil stick, synthetic polymer paint on 66 canvas boards, nos.31929 – 31994, 228.6 × 279.4cm

Imants Tillers, Victory over death (for Paul Taylor), 1999, gouache, oil stick, synthetic polymer paint on 66 canvas boards, nos.31929 – 31994, 228.6 × 279.4cm

IMANTS TILLERS and PAT BRASSINGTON have work in the group exhibition, Today Tomorrow Yesterday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s Collection, the exhibition considers the impact of the past and the influence of history on artistic practice today. 

The exhibition, curated by MCA Senior curator Natasha Bullock, continues until 31 December 2017. 

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"Pat Brassington, a photographer whose images seem as committed to impossibility as they are to organicism. Brassington’s images are disturbingly familiar, almost like postcards from possible futures, or memories of dreams from the distant past." 

The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors has profiled the contemporary art collection of Australia's Ten Cubed Collection. PAT BRASSINGTON is one of the collection's ten selected artists.

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Pat Brassington,  Mind Game , 2013, pigment print, 60 x 46cm. Part of the Ten Cubed Collection. 

Pat Brassington, Mind Game, 2013, pigment print, 60 x 46cm. Part of the Ten Cubed Collection.