Past Exhibitions

Pat Brassington: It's just a heartbeat away

21 November 2012 to 3 February 2013

Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s leading photographic artists. For three decades Brassington has developed a significant critical and popular reputation for her visually striking, highly ambiguous pictures. MGA holds a significant number of Brassington’s works, which are shown here alongside the artist’s new major work A heartbeat away.

A heartbeat away was commissioned for the major exhibition Parallel collisions held at Art Gallery of South Australia, part of the 2012 Adelaide Biennial. The work comprises 18 unframed pictures each of which shows an enigmatic figure or object occupying the corner of a stark domestic room. The rooms and their contents seem to repeat and distort like frames from a horror movie or fragments of a bad dream. In playing with what is familiar to us, and making it strange, the work plays with our desire to make sense of what we see. As the artist has written, ‘I aim to pitch my images just off the verge of normality, into those dense patches where the commonplace goes awry’.

Current Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography
  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Arts action: exploring the personal and political
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
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