Impossible Objects I

Joshua Petherick, above

Impossible Objects I

Utopian Slumps 24June - 16 July 2011

Utopian Slumps is pleased to announce Impossible Objects, a dual exhibition programme organised in conversation by Melissa Loughnan and Helen Hughes, taking place between June and August at Utopian Slumps. Continuing on from Discreet Objects, which explored absorptive, post-minimalist formalisms based on Brian Eno’s notion of ‘discreet music’, Impossible Objects extends this spatial investigation by considering gestalt relationships between figure and ground, based on the optical illusion of ‘impossible’ or ‘undecidable objects’. As with the previous exhibition, Impossible Objects pivots around a formal code: the works included display, in part, a refusal of a two or three-dimensional status and share an impossible contingence with their environments.
In Impossible Objects I, opening on 23 June, spatial incongruities are primarily explored through the lens of appropriated imagery and are considered through the work of artists Dan Bell, Fergus Binns, Christopher L.G. Hill, Liang Luscombe, Moya McKenna and Tim Price. In an antagonistic, Greenbergian gesture, Luscombe’s works refuse their status as paintings, instead drawing upon more elaborate support structures to render them as three-dimensional objects. The relief surface of Binns’ paintings on Paintwell two dollar shop canvases typically incorporate sand, cotton wool, paint brushes, and collage to three-dimensional effect, further confusing notions of painting and sculpture, figure and ground. McKenna’s collage series, A cut through history, are as much about their exclusions as their inclusions, silhouettes of figures and forms have been cut from imagery of the Great Wall of China, unclear whether they are receding or advancing. Price’s collage-style paintings of domestic interiors, gardens and everyday scenes are heavily layered, painted over and over until the beginning and end becomes difficult to recognise, while Hill’s assemblages bring collage into the third dimension — unexpected objects such as an umbrella, glass vase, wooden tulip and fold up chair challengethe traditional notion of the two-dimensional depiction of a still life.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

We invite you the participate in the final contemporary art event at Y3K Gallery, Melbourne

On the last day of the final project for Y3K from 6pm to 8pm we would like to invited you to purchase one or many of a series of Collaborative painting by James Deutsher and Christopher L G Hill. The series "two sides of the same coin" begun during the Y32K Bienalle, and are again made available. Being that Y3K has run without government or private funding, in a non-comercial capacity, on a project by project basis, supported mainly by the running of studios and our own financial negotiations, we are faced with a significant invoice to clear in order to shut the space down. This new series of collaborative paintings act as lasting 'mementos' of the project and will be set at a very humble flat rate asking price of $250. The paintings are available to view online and measure 900mm x 1200mm and are on a range of boards including MDF, ply and masonite. If you would like to buy one from the site, please email with an image of the work you would like to buy. For pre-orders, works will need to be paid for before 5:30pm on Saturday 4 June, or they will become available for sale again at the closing event. We would ask you to consider the value of Y3K over the last two years and also the genius of these collaborative works and commit to buying one, bring cash to the event! Everyone's a winner, baby, thats no lie! Lets not forget what happened here. Thank you everyone for your support over the last two years, Y3K is dead, viva Y3K.

Christopher L G Hill and James Deutsher

205 Young St. Fitzroy
Melbourne, Australia


8 writers discuss 8 artworks

The writers

Sarah CrowEST
Christopher LG Hill
Justin Hinder
Helen Hughes
Penny Modra
Geoff Newton
Nic Tammens
Jack L Phillips

+ works by

Simone Kennedy
Josey Kidd-Crowe
Matt Keegan
Nic Tammens w/ Virginia Overell
Jess Lucas
Geoff Newton
Christopher LG Hill

2-18 June 2011
Wed - Sat 10am-4pm or by appointment
211a Victoria st