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Bruce Rimell: Creative Mythologies or Queer Authenticities

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23 Jun 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA

Presented by PoMoGaze

Springing from Joseph Campbell's concept of 'creative mythology', Bruce presents living mythos as the ruling passion of his life, and shows how mythforms animate his art. He explores how the artist can take myth at face value in order to create, or use it as a portal into deeper realities, whether archetypal, transcultural, queer or archaeological.

He explores the Eternal Return [changing one's life to fit the mythform] as a complement to Creative Mythology [changing the mythform to fit one's life] and examines how the interplay of these colours his personal and archetypal life-experience. He then moves into Queer territory, and explores how the archetypal spaces of the gay man differ markedly from his straight counterpart, and how responding to hetero-normative cognitive dissonance in a positive, life-affirming manner which delves into the mythical and the visionary with a creative eye can liberate queer archetypes of value in the non-
hetero-normative life.

Bruce explores how this is reflected in recent artworks such as 'Xochipilli' and 'The Dream Of Bellerophon', and then discusses an ongoing project to create a fully Queer myth cycle in 'Towards a Fernal Mythform'.

Bruce Rimell will also be live drawing on the day, in Leeds Art Gallery's Henry Moore room, to produce a work relating to his talk in the evening.

Supported by Leeds Art Gallery.

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  • Talk
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