« Pat Brassington (b 1942), artist, was born in Hobart and studied at the Tasmanian School of Art. One of Australia's foremost photo-based artists, she has been exhibited and collected extensively in Australia and overseas and featured in such prestigious events as Australian Perspecta 1989 and the Sydney Biennale 2004.
Brassington's work references surrealism, feminism and fetishism. Photographic motifs, collaged or digitally manipulated, create disconcertingly ambiguous imagined states which fascinate and disturb. Images evoke uneasy tensions between bizarre, sinister intimations of menace and weirdly beautiful, benign harmonies. Open to multiple interpretations, the titles deflect from the content to redirect and encourage more subjective meanings. Using sexuality to confront, discomfort and intrigue, she layers and collages the actual with the improbable to create a mesmeric and often humorous quality; » Diane Foster
Exposition Exhibition : « in The Waiting Room » by Pat Brassington People watching, window shopping, magazine browsing, Facebook updating are just some of the ‘involvement shields’ we erect to maintain solitude while waiting. The Waiting Room reflects on time, memory and desire to draw attention to the way we understand and perform this taken-for-granted facet of everyday life.
Waiting can be unpleasant and gruelling, a forced pause in our busy lives. Or, as Andy Warhol famously remarked, “the idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”. Visual stimulation occupies periods of waiting as a necessary distraction: people watching, window shopping, magazine browsing, Facebook updating are just some of the ‘involvement shields’ we erect to maintain solitude while waiting. Drawing from the Artbank collection, complimented with private loans, th... Exposition Exhibition : « Just So » by Pat Brassington Considered one of Australia’s foremost contemporary photomedia artists, Pat Brassington has been beguiling audiences for over 30 years. She recently won the 2016 Redlands Konica Minolta Prize with her work Pair Bonding, which will be exhibited alongside this seductive new body of works.
Brassington is influenced by Surrealism and Freud’s concepts of the unconscious, which guide her internal creative process along with her material one. The collision of the unexpected is rife and takes form through collage. Using an archive of her own black and white photographs, found imagery and objects as a starting point, she works to alter and shift what is recognizable, pitching the resulting images just off the verge of normality. It takes a moment sometimes to notice that things aren’t quite as we’d expe... Exposition « Quill » by Pat Brassington at the Stills Gallery
Sometimes it feels like Pat Brassington summons up her artworks rather than creating them. Her cast of characters seems to be a mercurial bunch of shape-shifters with lives and minds of their own. Whether they are animate or inanimate, meeting our gaze or avoiding it, they are spell-binding. Brassington imbues her images with layers and symbols and potential meanings that are unruly and often disturbing, like those of the unconscious mind. Her work exists in that blurry realm between the manifest and latent, thesis and antithesis.
© Pat Brassington : Masterclass from Quill, 2013
Her latest series Quill comprises a suite of monochromatic images in which these contrary urges rub up against each other, taking shape through symbolic forms of doubling. For instance, a couple of freak... Exposition Pat Brassington expose "A Heartbeat Away" & "The Pressings" à la Stills Gallery
Foregrounding her place as one of Australia’s leading artists, Pat Brassington featured in the 2012 Adelaide Biennial Parallel Collisions with the commissioned work A heartbeat away (2011-12).
Stills Gallery is delighted to bring A heartbeat away to New South Wales in Brassington’s upcoming solo exhibition that also features her series The Pressings (2011).
A heartbeat away treats audiences to a towering encounter with Brassington’s uniquely arresting visual world. Adorning a wall in grid-like formation, 18 hanging images bring the viewer into a claustrophobic experience of stark domestic rooms each inhabited with surreal characters and objects.
The rooms and their contents seem to repeat and distort like frames from a horror movie or fragments of a bad dream, until the strange becomes f... Exposition Season10 - Stills Gallery, Sydney In SEASON10 we are featuring a mix of unseen images and work selected from previous series by each artist, with an emphasis on summer and celebration.
Narelle Autio’s Seaweed Stacks is an intriguing image of sculptural seaweed forms on the beach near her home. The coast and water has been an ongoing inspiration for Autio, as is evident in her 2006 series celebrating bodies spontaneously at play beneath the surface of the water. Trent Parke is represented with gems from a current work in progress, The Black Rose, which is about coming to terms with the interconnectedness of past, present and future. Also showing will be favourites from The Christmas Tree Bucket series.
In her new images In Lieu, Like A Bird Now and The Ravellor, Pat Brassington continues her fascination with the transformed human body as a sit... Exposition New works by Pat Brassington Brassington is renowned for her beguiling surrealistic imagery. Throughout her oeuvre, interior and domestic spaces have been a consistent theme. Set within cloying patterns of carpets and wallpaper, corners and doors, her figures have enacted a theatre of the unconscious and the absurd.
A Perfect Day takes us outside although, as expected, Brassington's outdoors isn't all blue skies and sunshine. The colour palette in A Perfect Day is a little post-apocalyptic, featuring bleached and acrid tones of yellow and green or shades of black and white. The inspiration for this series came from reading a novel by Cormac McCarthy, The Road, the story of a man trying to survive and protect his son in a post-apocalyptic time. It caused Brassington to reminisce on ominous childhood dreams and their menacing and uncertain spaces. ... Exposition Pat Brassington Australia photographer Pat Brassington (b 1942), artist, was born in Hobart and studied at the Tasmanian School of Art. One of Australia's foremost photo-based artists, she has been exhibited and collected extensively in Australia and overseas and featured in such prestigious events as Australian Perspecta 1989 and the Sydney Biennale 2004.
Brassington's work references surrealism, feminism and fetishism. Photographic motifs, collaged or digitally manipulated, create disconcertingly ambiguous imagined states which fascinate and disturb. Images evoke uneasy tensions between bizarre, sinister intimations of menace and weirdly beautiful, benign harmonies. Open to multiple interpretations, the titles deflect from the content to redirect and encourage more subjective meanings. Using sexuality to confront, discomfort and intrigue, she layers and co... Exposition Melbourne Art Fair 2008 Melbourne Art Fair
STAND F34... Exposition Pat Brassington Pete Volich Pat Brassington is well known as one of Australia's leading photo-media artists. Over the past twenty years she has exhibited widely both in Australia and overseas. Her inclusion in the Biennale of Sydney 2004 and a major survey of her work at the Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne in 2003 attest to her standing in Australian contemporary art. In this exhibition we will present some of her most recent creations alongside a selection of early works.
It is interesting to follow the trajectory of Brassington's work from the 1980s to the present. Throughout her art practice she has appropriated images as well as mined her own archive. Using a familiar range of everyday items she conjures up a plethora of feelings; desire, disgust, madness and abandon to name a few. The settings in which we find her subjects are, ...