Opening Tuesday 11 September 2018 from 5pm-8pm
Friday 21 September, 11am-4pm
Wednesday 26 September, 11am-6pm
2018 Archibald and Geelong prize finalist Amber Boardman paints the endless desire to improve the body as promoted by Internet and social media culture through makeup, hair dye and spray tans —the transformative ‘paint’ women use in everyday life. Her latest exhibition at Kudos Gallery @jadefad: a social media feed in paint, comprises 32 paintings ranging in size from 30cm to 3 metres, which become the Instagram posts of Boardman’s invented character, Jade. The exhibition exists both physically in the gallery and online through a series of social media feeds. In the painting above, ‘Before and After Open Bar...’, Jade comes to the realization she is a character made of paint and the narrative spirals into a new direction: Jade creates her own character named Blob and uses his story to become an Instagram influencer and sell her own ‘hand painted sweaters’. This exhibition explores how contemporary painting can collide with Internet beauty culture, and in the process, create new forms of narrative and commerce on social media.
American born and Sydney based, Boardman has exhibited her paintings and animation throughout the US, Australia and internationally including BAM’s Next Wave Festival in NYC. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, notably, Most Provocative Award (Atlanta Biennial), the Australian Postgraduate Award, and the Joan Sutherland Visual Arts Grant. Public collections of Boardman’s work include: Artbank, The City of Sydney, UK Art Museum, High Museum of Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Boardman holds an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University in Atlanta. This exhibition is the culmination of Boardman’s PhD candidacy at The University of New South Wales.
Image: Amber Boardman '@jadefad: Before and after open bar. Complete carnage last night. I’m thinking I must be a character made out of paint?!', 2018. Oil on canvas, 76cm x 204cm.
Gallery opening hours: Wed - Fri 11:00am - 6:00pm; Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm