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Alter Ego: Anatomical Studies of a Natal Male by R.S. Pennee
4 Jul 2009 – 18 Oct 2009
Robert Pennee Study #15, 14 April 2008
For centuries artists have made studies of body parts—hands, feet, faces—that were later incorporated into larger works. In a nod to the Old Masters, the video-derived prints in Alter Ego are processed to resemble drawings. Yet R.S. Pennee’s serial self-portrait also twists this tradition, substituting the conventionally represented anatomy with the one appendage that defines the natal male. The artist’s ambiguous treatment of this subject matter conspires with the intended uncertainty as to medium to suggest the transgendered identity of the sitter.
Already accomplished as a writer, R.S. Pennee is a new-comer to visual art who lives in London, Ontario.
The Part That is a Whole
Join us for an evening of discussion of issues arising from Alter Ego: Anatomical Studies of a Natal Male, with talk by artist R.S. Pennee and curator Peter Schwenger.
A free chartered "performance" bus will depart from 2606 Agricola Street (Gus' Pub) at 7pm.
Get on the Bus
En route to MSVU Art Gallery, Michael Fernandes involves bus riders in a conversation and tour recalling the history of the North End and its inhabitants. Candice Baldwin's facilitation of this performance is gratefully acknowledged.
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