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Jack Body: Men and Other Matters, Photographs 1983-89


Wed 11 Mar 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 12 Mar 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 13 Mar 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 14 Mar 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 15 Mar 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Described as one of New Zealand’s finest creative spirits, Jack Body is most well known as a composer, educator and advocate for New Zealand music. As a teenager Body aspired to become both a composer and a painter, however during his school years music studies took over and painting was not pursued. His desire to create visual art did not fade and in his early adulthood Body purchased a camera and began creating images, an activity he describes was a way to satisfy his visual creative urges.

Body did not study photography formally and termed his photography practice 'unconventional' as he was drawn to the ‘misuse’ and ‘abuse’ of the medium.

“I attacked the pristine, normally ‘sacrosanct’ negative. I adopted a favourite kind of film, Kodak Vericolour*, and used it in ways for which it was never intended. Thus began a series of projects that I carried through the 1980s and 1990s.”

This series of projects featured male nudes in vibrant colours, created through manipulations of the film negatives. Using a scalpel, nail-file, felt-tip pen and even ball-point pen, Body worked his images by scratching and re-colouring resulting in a distinct painterly quality.

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