CURVEBALL: Louise Paramor and Lisa Young

5 September to 5 October 2014
Curveball comprises two discrete projects by Melbourne-based artists LOUISE PARAMOR and LISA YOUNG.

Louise Paramor presents a continuation of her Supermodel series; twelve small assemblage sculptures constructed from found plastics, and six paintings – interpretations of these ‘supermodels’. Paramor’s paintings are based on photographs taken by the artist and depict a pair of the ‘supermodels’ and are titled accordingly, for instance – Teddy and Astrid, Jackson and Lloyd, Cheryl and Mario etc. The Supermodel series is a new way of thinking for the artist, who in recent years has been awarded major public sculpture commissions that have resulted in the ‘blowing-up’ in scale of existing assemblage works.

For Curveball Lisa Young presents Host Thing – an expansive room-size installation with a distinctive modernist flavour. Host Thing is an ongoing project that continues Young’s interest in the decorative arts, architecture and interior display, and sees the artist revisit earlier concerns and installations involving domestic rooms, interiors and furniture. With Host Thing Young works to reveal an architectural vernacular that is at once familiar yet strange; an exploration of collective and unconscious histories.

As the title suggests, for this exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents the artists throw the viewer a distinct curveball, presenting works that are unexpected, disruptive and surprising.

Louise Paramor graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (1985) and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts (1988). Since 1998 she has held numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Lustgarten, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden (2000); FOREVERYOURS, The Church Gallery, Perth (2004); Classic Shazzy, Stichting Duende Aktiviteiten, Rotterdam (2005); and A Bunch of Flowers, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2006). Selected group exhibitions include: Aussemblage, Auckland City Art Gallery (1994); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1998); Mix Tape, Art Gallery of Western Australia (2005); Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (2005, 2009, 2011); The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Victoria (2007, 2008); and The McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award, Victoria (2010 award winner) and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013-14). In 2013 Emporium – A Survey Exhibition 1990-2013, was held at The Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne. Paramor has undertaken a number of permanent public sculpture commissions, most recently Panorama Station, Peninsula Link Freeway, Melbourne (2012). She was the winner of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014 and her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Heide Museum of Modern Art; Curtin University Perth; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery UWA Perth; Monash University; Artbank, Glen Eira City Council and McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park. Paramor is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne.


Lisa Young, Past Exhibitions