Clare Longley
Adult Lullabies
6 - 22 December 2017

In Adult Lullabies, Clare Longley explores the kind of romantic idealism you project on to falling in love or walks along the beach during sunset. Assembling a series of visual motifs distinct to her practice, the paintings are innocent, sketchy, and incomplete in parts, like a memory or something intangible. Completely immersed in the atmosphere of seduction, but with a sprinkle of failure, the paintings allude to first kisses, butterflies in your stomach and beach house décor.

Clare Longley is a Melbourne-based artist. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and in 2015 completed an Art Criticism and Writing Certificate with Node Centre for Curatorial Studies. Recent solo exhibitions include Thanks for Having Me, Blindside (2017) and Nut Ice, Tinning Street Presents (2016). Selected group exhibitions include The Wizard of Oz: An Updated Classic, Secret Project Robot, New York (2017); Carousel, Abbotsford Convent Industrial School (2016); Flush, Sugar Mountain Festival (2016); and Dead Rubber, Collingwood Neighbourhood House Underground Car Park (2014). Longley has curated and exhibited in Massage Therapy at Kings ARI (2017) and We Make Memories, Seventh Gallery (2017). In 2016 Longley was selected for Buoy Residency and Retreat in Connecticut, New York, with collaborators Honey Long and Prue Stent, where they developed new performance work shown as part of Recharge/Her, a larger site specificperformance. Longley received the Chapman and Bailey Prize at the Victorian College of the Arts Graduate Exhibition (2014); Melbourne Student Union Projects Grant (2014); and the Martin Foley Prize for Arts with Concern for the Community (2013). Her work has been featured in publications including Ravelin Magazine, The Equality Institute, Dazed and Confused, Krass Journal, Ladies of Leisure Zine and Catalogue Magazine.

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