Saturday, 21 February 2009
OPENING FRIDAY 27 MARCH 6 – 9PM
EXHIBITION 28 MARCH UNTIL SAT 11 APRIL
AT UTOPIAN SLUMPS
5/25 EASEY STREET COLLINGWOOD
GALLERY HOURS: WED-SAT 12-6PM
OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT: 0403 009 291
Non-profit curator-run arts initiative Utopian Slumps is pleased to announce the opening of Circle of Eagles by Amber Wallis from 6 - 9pm on Friday 27 March 2009.
Circle of Eagles is Wallis’ recent musing on time spent in Canada and Melbourne.
Wallis is a collector of personal stories and rescued moments, threading them together in visual narratives. In this show triptychs, diptyches and large collages create a sense of narrative, there is a story being told. Imagery seems to ‘know each other’ and exude a comfortable closeness - confidantes perhaps.
Wallis’ work is deeply personal yet the abstract imagery and figurative forms allow the viewer to turn it into their own story. Works are evocative of place, sex, loss and grief. Words and art are aching memories to be caught like a fish in a net.
Wallis’ loose, almost abstract renditions of figurative forms have featured in numerous publications in Australia, Canada and the USA. She has exhibited across Melbourne, Canberra, Canada and the USA. The artist completed a BA in Visual Photomedia at the Canberra School of Art and participated in an exchange program with Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada in 2002. Wallis completed her Master of Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and was the winner of the tenth Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2008. She is currently an artist in residence at the Canberra School of Art. Selected group exhibitions include ‘Thank God We Died Together’, TCB Art Inc, 2008, ‘Robert Jacks Drawing Prize’ finalist exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery 2008, ‘Autumn 2008’, Moving Galleries, Melbourne, 2008, ‘Swans & Ammo’ with Lizzie Hall, Utopian Slumps, 2007 and ‘sepia hell’ with Alana Di Giacomo, Ballan and Pannan Galleries, 2006.
Circle of Eagles will be Wallis’ first solo exhibition, presenting a new major body of work. The exhibition will take place at Utopian Slumps, 5/25 Easey St, Collingwood (via alley) from 28 March to 11 April 2009. For further information, images or to arrange an interview please contact Melissa Loughnan on 0403 009 291 or email@example.com.
pictures to come....