Hand in Glove continues Drew Pettifer's interest in gestures of vulnerable masculinity. The gesture employed by the artist in these photographs conveys intimacy and vulnerability; it both censors desire and protects the subject from complete exposure. In each scene the artist holds the object of his desire in one hand and his camera's cable release—the instrument of his desiring lens—in the other. This connection only serves to highlight the distance between the artist and his longing.
For the first time, Pettifer will perform alongside his photographs at various times throughout the exhibition, forcing the viewer to evaluate the gesture itself, rather than passively viewing images—to watch, rather than look.
Hand in Glove catalogue supported by the Janet Holmes & Court Artists' Grant.
The Janet Holmes & Court Artists' Grant is a Nava initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes & Court and through the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Full-frontal nudity and adult concepts.
Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
I keep mine hidden
Wednesday 17 November 2011, 6pm—8pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.
Drew Pettifer's new book, I keep mine hidden, will be launched at CCP with the support of Jason Smith, Director, Heide Museum of Modern Art.
I keep mine hidden is published by M.33 Publishing and designed by Darren Sylvester with a foreword by Daniel Palmer.
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