Amanda van Gils Twice Removed

Artist Statement: The paintings in this exhibition continue my exploration of landscape in contemporary life as filtered through digital technology.

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 19 February 2013 to Saturday 09 March 2013

Deb - Coffs Harbour image Inga - Daintree image Vito - North of Brisbane image Emma - Grafton image Kym - Mount Perry image Meg - Northern New South Wales image

Published by anonymous on Thursday 10 January 2013.
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Technology has changed forever how we experience life, and gives us access to information 24/7 so that ‘down time’, contemplation and quietude are seemingly things of the past. It seems our entire view of life is filtered in some way through technology.

My previous landscapes have used my own photos taken from the car whilst in transit. In these, there was a disconnection from the landscape which was rushed past rather than experienced in any meaningful way. I wanted to take this disconnection one step further.

For these works I enlisted the collaboration of friends to source the images for the paintings. It was a challenging exercise to obtain enough interesting and varied material that would translate well into paintings and hang together as a cohesive body of work.

Recent cases about appropriation and artists using other people’s images also interested me and have fed into my thinking about this body of work. In my case I sought contributions and permission to use and have named the final paintings after the photographer and location ensuring appropriate acknowledgement.

Biography:

Born in Australia, Amanda van Gils obtained a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts, Monash University Melbourne, 1989 and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), also in Melbourne in 2000.

Since 2000, van Gils has exhibited in over 90 exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in a number of national art prizes which include, amongst others: Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Whyalla Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, John Leslie Art Prize, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and Musswellbrook Art Prize.

Amanda van Gils’s work deals with the pace of contemporary life through the genre of landscape painting. Focusing on the often disregarded and ordinary landscapes that are rushed past on the way to some undefined destination, her work draws together ideas of ‘landscape’ with how we experience nature in this busy digital age.

In addition to her own practice, van Gils has curated exhibitions, most recently the Exchange exhibition which incorporated an art swap amongst 55 artists from around Australia at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough Qld (2011) and in 2010 the Net Work exhibition involving 38 contemporary artists at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

In 2010 van Gils relocated from Melbourne to Queensland where she now resides with her artist husband and their young son. “The In-Between Places” which is being shown at four Queensland galleries during 2012 – 2013 is her 17th solo exhibition.