British artist Karen Brett delves into the sexual imaginary of the elderly in The Myth of Sexual Loss, a six- part photographic work presented as a solo exhibition at La Centrale – Powerhouse Gallery. Working to correct the misconception that aging diminishes sexuality, Brett advertised for photographic subjects who would be willing to fantasize before her camera, alone or with a partner. The results are beautiful, highly erotic, photographic tableaux. Brett’s title intentionally echoes Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a photographic portrait of sexuality as young and reckless. By contrast, the desiring bodies given to Brett’s camera carry the marks of experience and wisdom.
La Centrale, Galerie Powerhouse
4296 St. Laurent Blvd
Karen Brett: The Myth of Sexual Loss
September 9, 2005 – October 9, 2005
Wednesday 12:00-6:00pm, Thursday & Friday 12:00-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-5:00pm
Opening Friday September 9, 2005 at 6:00pm, artist’s talk at 6:15pm