Luke Storrier, Yves Holy Knife, 2019. Mixed media, 96 x 21 x 13cm. Courtesy: the artist and Olsen Gallery, Sydney.
The artist says: “In November 2018 I spent 2 weeks alone in Wilcannia on a remote property. At this time the landscape was basically dead with drought with tops 42 degrees celsius . Kangaroos were dying in front of me while I had coffee in the morning, wind kept small dust tornadoes dancing on the horizon on a regular basis and the people I spoke to seemed to be standing behind them selves as if they were not there or could not believe the lifeless Mars like place they now lived.
Over the 2 weeks I spent there I created site specific sculptural installations and photographed them. After returning from my expedition and trawling through countless images I became very depressed by what I had witnessed and to make a show of these images them selves seemed wrong in some way.
So my response was to lift my self and the experience out of darkness and into something positive; a rebirth of such. My previously sculpture specific studio became a multidisciplinary painting, drawing amalgam haven. It was in this space that I felt suddenly lighter than ever before in the studio and could enjoy my previously morose experience. Here I found the humour in the act of art making and the fun that could be had which had never previously existed, here I found the Fine Line between life and death, here I found the Fine Line between something of substance verses emptiness, here I found an inner peace at the Fine Line.”
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 24 July 2019
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