Amber Boardman, Multipurpose Crowd, 2019. Oil on polyester, 213.4 x 182.9cm. Courtesy: the artist and Chalk Horse, Sydney.
Chalk Horse presents Crowd Scenes, Amber Boardman’s third solo show with the gallery. While Boardman’s recent work highlighted the role of the Internet in shaping an individual, in Crowd Scenes the lens pulls back to focus on broader contexts shaping behaviours and social norms.
Each exuberant work, tinged with humour, infers a different tone ranging from the frenzy of a consumer crowd in Black Friday Sale, to a trance-like surrendered state of the smooshed-together figures in an infinite crowd in Network. By drawing on a range of painterly influences such as Pierre Bonnard, Boardman exploits the scope of properties intrinsic to oil paint in order to animate her images.
The gallery will be hosting an Artist Talk with Sebastian Goldspink at 2–3pm on Saturday 6 July 2019, and an artist-to-artist workshop from 11:30–5:30pm on Saturday 13 July 2019.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 4 July 2019