Reclaiming the Body
March 2nd - June 2nd 2021
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The exhibition Reclaiming the Body will examine the way images rooted in Classical European depictions of male dominance have historically contributed to shaping social prejudice against women within our cultural fabric. At the same time, it will present works by contemporary artists who seek to renew and reclaim the female body.
The exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists, from artists such as Ana Mendieta, Huguette Caland, Adelaide Damoah, Ilona Szalay and Frida Kahlo, whose works express the agency and visceral nature of the female identity, through Trulee Hall, whose video works examine contemporary depictions of womanhood and female sexuality, to Michael Petry and Luciano Garbati, whose works review the historical art canon through the acts of dominance and violence routinely shown towards women.
A short film by Michael Petry
with Vineeta Rishi as Susan
and Sohm Kapila as Cheryl
Petry's short film made during lockdown with actresses Vineeta Rishi and Sohm Kapila has been selected for three international film festivals: Goa Short Film Festival, 1st Alibag Short Film Festival (Pune) and the Nihilist Film Festival (Los Angeles).
Synopsis: Susan and Cheryl are having a few drinks at home Zooming from LA and London. Susan starts a conversation about her school days nemesis Corrina who bullied her daily, but Cheryl keeps diverting the conversation. It slowly becomes clear that there is a secret and an unspoken tension between the two friends, broken by a shocking revelation about Corrina.
Once the film has been shown in the festivals we will provide further information on how to see it, including here on this website.
Prize image: Michael Petry
Wexford Culture Night
Petry will be one of six artists making sited sound works as part of Open Gorey's SLEEPERTOWN project on Culture Night. Titled 'The Prize Is Still Mine' the piece, with libretto by Petry and a score composed by John Powell, will be located at the Circe Pavilion in Gorey. Powell is best known for his scores in motion pictures like ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.
In 2012 Petry, Powell and Gavin Greenaway made a 25th anniversary sound installation at Petry’s solo exhibition ‘The Touch of the Oracle’ at the Palm Springs Art Museum called The Dilemma. Powell has now reworked for Gospel Choir and Orchestra the piece .incorporating the wonderful voices of Judith, Edie and the other singers into something else: and so formed The Prize is Still Mine, a strange mix of styles Powell has always liked; Gospel & early 20th Century Romanticism. Contributing artists include; Judith Hill, José Serebrier, Edie Lehmann, Philharmonia Orchestra, LA Gospel Session Singers
The work features as the opening to Powell’s album Hubris: Vocal Works by John Powell and can be heard here on Spotify
Live audiences will be able to experience the work in situ from the 18th of September to March 2021.
Find more information about the artist here:https://www.sleepertown.com/john-powell
Left: John Powell in the studio
Right: Petry Photo Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Right: Petry Photo Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
The Landscape of the Gods
11 March 2020
The exhibition is temporarily closed due to C19.
It has been extended and we will update the new dates on here when it re-opens.
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Michael Petry's large glass Installation
has been acquired by the Columbus Museum.
Columbus, Ga. – The Columbus Museum Board of Trustees and staff are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of a large glass installation by Michael Petry, an American artist originally from El Paso who has been based in London (UK) since 1981.
The Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906
Petry's essay "On Gender Fluidity and Photographic Portraiture" in included in the new book Museums, Sexuality and Gender Activism published by Routledge in November. Petry examines the work of artists Del LaGrace Volcano, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Blake Little and Åsa Johannesson. All the artists are engaged in the work of interrogating and improving the integrity of such representations, even as efforts to demonize and diminish transgender people continue.
Museums, Sexuality and Gender Activism
Photos: Blake Little, Åsa Johannesson
The Study Score for A Prussian Requiem,
Music by John Powell, with Michael Petry's Libretto, has now been published.
The Word is Art
A new publication authored by Michael Petry
Published by Thames & Hudson on the 11th of October 2018.
Paperback will be released in Spring 2019
There has been much scaremongering about the ‘death of the book’ and how, as words find new ways and means of transmission, people might gradually begin to shun writing. In the digital age, text becomes information, and information strives to become free. But what value can text hold in the sphere of visual art? How is such text different to poetry? Can the poetic itself be visual art, or is text in this context consigned to the realms of gimmick and catchphrase?
Reviews and praise for The WORD is Art
OUT TAKE interview with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson
The book launch was kindly hosted by Blaine|Southern
The WORD is Art - UK The WORD is Art - US
Stunning Donald Trump Commemoration Sculpture By Michael Petry Unveiled
Artist Michael Petry has created a small sculpture to commemorate a titanic event – the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States on 20 January 2017. Titled American Hercules it is both beautiful and irreverent at the same time.