Monday, 6 September 2010

I Fuck Mountains

Amber Wallis
I Fuck Mountains
Utopian Slumps, Ground Floor, 33 Guildford Lane, Melbourne
Opening Thursday 30 September 6-8pm 
Exhibition Fri 1- Sat 23 October 2010


I Fuck Mountains presents the third solo exhibition from Wallis; an actualisation of the artist’s compulsion to draw a simple shape – the half oval – again and again; and her search for meaning in this repetition. 


Exploring the abutment and/or merging of form and metaphor, terrain and sex, atmosphere and mortality, the works pick from the artist’s unresolved emotions and fixations.
With the mountain as a moniker, the works are rich in emotion, colour, line, and form, and are inspired by the greater tradition of abstract expressionism. They provide an experience of Wallis’ world, where the act of artistic creation is as vital as the outcome.
 

Paintings are at times heavily rendered and at other times approached with careful assemblage. Often as though they are drawings with the determined brevity of an action painting: one shot, one sitting, brief, and emotive. Capturing the line, colour and movement of the land in which she lives, as well as her more psychological interior landscapes. Present is her overall concern with the language of painting.

The body of work builds on themes that emerged while Wallis undertook residencies in New York, Montreal and Paris in 2009 on the Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship, and reflects her current sense of isolation living at Dark Gully; an old house nestled in bush above the ocean north of Sydney. It also represents a progression of ideas from the artist’s recent solo exhibition, Dark Gully/Psychic War at Chalk Horse, Sydney, partly focusing on the experience of creation through the often unspoken psychic war between two people. 


The title of this exhibition is taken from a Pink Mountaintops song.

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