Clare Longley Watch and thee, absent anotherOpening: Wednesday 13 March, 6 - 8pm Dates: 13 March - 6 April 2019
Watch and thee, absent another
‘Watch and thee, absent another’ traverses the affective edge between soft and hard. Through experimental modes of painting, as well as an approach that shifts between intuitive and formal, Longley explores and attempts to empty out romantic symbols (images) that allude to something greater than what is present. Deeming them fallible in their ability to hold emotional water. By manipulating (re-invigorating) clichés - historical, sentimental, and contemporary – her work induces a moment where viewers both feel, and recognize the mechanisms inspiring (or fabricating) their feeling.
Clare Longley is an artist and curator based in Narrm/Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include Adult Lullabies at Daine Singer (2017), Thanks for Having Me at Blindside (2017) and Nut Ice at Tinning Street Presents (2016). Selected group exhibitions include MADA Now, Monash University; The Wizard of Oz: An Updated Classic, Secret Project Robot, New York (2017); Carousel, Abbotsford Convent Industrial School (2016); and Flush, Sugar Mountain Festival (2016). Longley has curated and exhibited in Smoke Screens at LON Gallery (2018), Massage Therapy at Kings Artist-run (2017) and We Make Memories, Seventh Gallery (2017). In 2018 she completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) at Monash University, where she won the Lowenstein’s Award and was granted a scholarship to undertake her Masters of Fine Arts this year. Previously Longley graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting).
The exhibition includes a catalogue text by Julia Murphy.