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Pretty Ugly Butterfly

Everything is perfect, but something is wrong.

Melbourne photographer David Porteus presents Pretty Ugly Butterfly. A photographic series of mirror portraits of half faces and figures, made symmetrical, from the multi-media artist.

The result is surreal beauty, ghost portraits from a new world where the imperfect is made perfect and true nature is negated. The character of these unnatural people is represented in an echo of an early painted portrait or early 20th century static studio photography.

The beauty myth of symmetry is both celebrated and disputed, in a world of elaborate backdrops, costume and antique convex glass frames.

Inspired by research that reveals people with symmetrical faces have higher IQ scores, do better on memory tests, are perceived as more attractive and intelligent and are more likely to be the target of extra-marital affairs.

This exhibition suggests a more sinister side to perfection where people can look more like wallpaper and just as thin.



Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 2 May to Saturday 19 May 2018



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