24th October - 10th November 2013
Opening 6pm Thursday 24th October 2013
Image: Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Staging of an Illusion, 2013, 168 x 365cm
Quixotic Habitation Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
In her exhibition Quixotic Habitation Amber Koroluk-Stephenson playfully explores notions of utopia, drawing from her immediate suburban surrounds to present a cross section of living ideals. The imagined environments depicted in the works allude to the popularised notion of the Australian 'suburban dream' realised through self-styled attempts at creating utopia.
These paintings are characterised by a type of archaic romanticism. Framed with a mix of exotic and European plant life and embellished by youth, these familiar yet strange environments present a slippage of reality. The saturated colours and subtle shifting pictorial planes create an ambiguous instability and underlying sense of unease. These works aim to present a merge of utopian and dystopian visions that are both beautified and chaotically implausible, illustrating the absurdity of attaining utopia.
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson is a visual artist currently based in Hobart. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Tasmania in 2009, going on to complete a BFA with Honours (Painting) in 2010. Following Honours, she continued into postgraduate studies with a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design (Painting) in 2011. In 2012 Amber Koroluk-Stephenson received funding through the Australia Council's Art Start program and was featured as a Debutante in the Australian Art Collector's segment 50 Things Collectors Need to Know 2012. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and art prizes and is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart and Gaffer, Hong Kong
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson would like to acknowledge that " The Australian Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts."
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Mason Kimber, Still 88, 2013, oil on canvas, 46 x 38cm, Courtesy of the artist
Screen Memory is a new series of paintings that investigate the relationship between mediated images and architecturally remembered space. Each work is based upon fragments of digitally found screen images combined with painterly invention and abstraction. What remains are hybrid spaces that defy traditional perspective while at the same time appear to dissolve like the visual traces of a memory.
Mason Kimber is a Sydney-based artist whose work explores the role of spatial memory in relation to contemporary painting. Originally from Perth, he completed his BFA (honours) at Curtin University in 2008 before moving to Sydney to graduate with a Master of Fine Art in painting from the National Art School in 2013. He has been selected as a finalist for the Chippendale New World Art Prize and Brett Whiteley Travelling art Scholarship, and has participated in various group shows at home and abroad. In 2012 he undertook a residency at the Scuola Di Grafica Internazional in Venice, Italy and more recently held a solo show in Buenos Aires, Argentina as an artist-in-residence at the Residencia Corazon.