#nofearsemmabeers

Emma Beer
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
September
   
27
 -  
October
   
8
It was ten years ago now, when I received a package in the mail from painter, teacher and adored mate Ruby Green.

INFORMATION

At that time, we were each living in different parts of the country. She Alice Springs and I Canberra. In the package was a string of wool with cardboard cut-out and painted lettering, dangling from it made to be hung like a banner or bunting, spelling the words

N O   F E A R S   E M M A  B E E R S

At the time, I didn’t really get it and had no idea what to do with this slogan. Later in conversation Ruby explained to me that it was commentary on her perception of me being a gutsy and fearless person. In my own eyes I was anxious, coursious and chickenshit. This shows that your experience of me is not me and my experience of you is not you. For the last ten years I have hung that banner in my bed room as a reminder of the strength, courage and fearlessness that is within me, somewhere.

N O  F E A R S   E M M A   B E E R S has become my anthem. Nothing is too hard. Nothing is out of reach. You are in control of you and I am in control of me.  

These paintings are me adopting the attitude of fearlessness. Just painting. Following my gut. Utilising what I know and what I feel self-referentially to move forward. This indiosyncratic nature of painting makes for an unrefined yet truthful visual language, that is mostly satisfying to make. The job as the maker is to learn from the making. The viewers job to do whatever it is. They are not the same concerns. As Agnes Martin tells us, most people can identify things that are beautiful but no one can tell us what beauty is.  

My painting practice is engaged with spatial illusion through abstraction. I work with layering luminous glazes to build up hard edged colour fields. The interplay of edges and lines generated by overlapping colour fields are the means by which I explore surface, space and movement.

The primary focus of my work is to question, through material and process, what painting can be. My works operate in the productive tension between two distinct histories of modernist abstraction: hard-edged geometric abstraction counterposed with expressionist painterly gesture. Formal pictorial planes collide in space with territories where the paint is unselfconsciously applied.

I use blankness and the void as both literal and metaphoric engagement with painting’s relationship to technology. Dualities of vivid colour blocks and white geometric structures are paired to revisit Yves Klein’s attitude to minimalism and his references to the ‘void’. I wonder what this means now that we live partly in an abstract virtual world through technological development? I question what transcendence in painting might mean today.

Launching from the writings of David Bayles and Ted Orland in ART and Fear….

Making art now means working in the face of uncertainty; it means living with doubt and contradiction, doing something no one much cares whether you do, and for which there may be neither audience nor reward.  

At that time, we were each living in different parts of the country. She Alice Springs and I Canberra. In the package was a string of wool with cardboard cut-out and painted lettering, dangling from it made to be hung like a banner or bunting, spelling the words

N O   F E A R S   E M M A  B E E R S

At the time, I didn’t really get it and had no idea what to do with this slogan. Later in conversation Ruby explained to me that it was commentary on her perception of me being a gutsy and fearless person. In my own eyes I was anxious, coursious and chickenshit. This shows that your experience of me is not me and my experience of you is not you. For the last ten years I have hung that banner in my bed room as a reminder of the strength, courage and fearlessness that is within me, somewhere.

N O  F E A R S   E M M A   B E E R S has become my anthem. Nothing is too hard. Nothing is out of reach. You are in control of you and I am in control of me.  

These paintings are me adopting the attitude of fearlessness. Just painting. Following my gut. Utilising what I know and what I feel self-referentially to move forward. This indiosyncratic nature of painting makes for an unrefined yet truthful visual language, that is mostly satisfying to make. The job as the maker is to learn from the making. The viewers job to do whatever it is. They are not the same concerns. As Agnes Martin tells us, most people can identify things that are beautiful but no one can tell us what beauty is.  

My painting practice is engaged with spatial illusion through abstraction. I work with layering luminous glazes to build up hard edged colour fields. The interplay of edges and lines generated by overlapping colour fields are the means by which I explore surface, space and movement.

The primary focus of my work is to question, through material and process, what painting can be. My works operate in the productive tension between two distinct histories of modernist abstraction: hard-edged geometric abstraction counterposed with expressionist painterly gesture. Formal pictorial planes collide in space with territories where the paint is unselfconsciously applied.

I use blankness and the void as both literal and metaphoric engagement with painting’s relationship to technology. Dualities of vivid colour blocks and white geometric structures are paired to revisit Yves Klein’s attitude to minimalism and his references to the ‘void’. I wonder what this means now that we live partly in an abstract virtual world through technological development? I question what transcendence in painting might mean today.

Launching from the writings of David Bayles and Ted Orland in ART and Fear….

Making art now means working in the face of uncertainty; it means living with doubt and contradiction, doing something no one much cares whether you do, and for which there may be neither audience nor reward.  

FEATURED  WORKS

EMMA BEER Butch isn’t a dirty word,2018.acrylic on canvas. 160 x 120cm

EMMA BEER My M.I.L.F. //  Your M.I.L.F.2018.acrylic on canvas. 120 x 100cm

EMMA BEER sink or swim, 2018.acrylic on canvas. 160 x 120cm

EMMA BEER soccer mummy on training wheels, 2018.acrylic on canvas. 140 x 110cm

EMMA BEERthe cock and bull,2018.acrylic on canvas. 120 x 100cm

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