THE HUNGRY VAGINA AND THE PROSTRATE CHRIST
Philip Brophy‘s new show at the Ian Potter considers how the nude has been dealt with in the last 300 years of art making. Brophy has ‘examined how the nude has been posed, lit, depicted, rendered and transformed, and proposes that seemingly beautiful images might betray darker psycho-sexual compulsions in art-making.’
For a short time, a favourite TV indulgence at our house was Embarrassing Bodies. We couldn’t believe the swollen purple extremities people would show to camera for a bit of free advice and yet were drawn to the spectacle. My Strange Addiction is similar in its examination of relationships to the body. People can get an incredible craving for cat food (dry and wet), washing powder, fabric softener, the Husband’s ashes. It’s real life horror film played out in public, which we also watched every week.
Philip has given his new works fetching titles like The Illuminated Nymph, The Lady in the Lake, The Morbid Forest, The Sexualised Chimera, The Hungry Vagina and The Prostrate Christ. I love a fetching title. Get along and see this show. Natalie Thomas
Philip Brophy: COLOUR ME DEAD Vizard Foundation Contemporary Artist 2013 13 June – 8 September 2013 The Ian Potter Museum of Art The University of Melbourne