During his residency at PICA, Brent Harrison will investigate the heteronormative language surrounding gay male homosexuality and how this translates to ideas of effeminacy and shame. Using the mediums of photography, sculpture and installation, Harrison will employ floral motifs and bouquets of flowers as camp affirmations to explore a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between gender and sexuality.
Harrison’s practice is informed by the methodology of ‘queering’ – the interpretive method used to deconstruct hegemonic masculinities by viewing them through a critical lens that dismantles the dynamics of power. His work attempts to disrupt assimilationist narratives of heteronormativity by using appropriation, reproduction, humour and intervention as methods of cultural resistance.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Brent Harrison is a multidisciplinary artist based in Perth who holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Curtin University. Recent exhibitions include looking now anyone here? at Paper Mountain (2019) and You Can’t See Rainbows Looking Down at Cool Change Contemporary (2018). Harrison has undertaken residencies at Fremantle Arts Centre, Another Project Space and at the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. Harrison also curated HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (2020).