Amber Boardman - Sitcom Studies


Art Pow Wow and The Ivy Brown Gallery are pleased to announce their inaugural solo exhibition of new paintings by Sydney-based American artist Amber Boardman. For Sitcom Studies, Boardman builds a cast of characters inhabiting a world unto themselves. Her proto-persons play at various roles and attempt to follow the rules, however, in the end, their super wackiness allows them only a small degree of free will, leaving them consigned to destiny's whims.

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Boardman's mythic depictions of human fates and foibles prove her to be a subtle trickster. She seduces the viewer by improvising with juicy wet-into-wet paint, eye-catching jewel-like hues and earthy, fleshy tonalities. Her imagery - at once desirable and wryly repugnant - taps into the 'universal toddler' in all of us by flagrantly testing our attitudes to the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and then - with evident sympathetic fondness for her characters - offers comforting distance through cartoon-like form. Her pictures skew and flatten perspective into fabulous patterns and impossible angles to propel narrative's capabilities. "I'm not afraid to put it all out there... my paintings are like going down a rabbit hole - I make the first mark and then follow it to see where it all will lead," says Boardman.

Amber Boardman (born 1981, Portland, Maine) has exhibited her paintings and animation throughout the US, Australia and internationally. Her work was included in Sydney Contemporary (2015) and BAM's Next Wave Festival (2010). She is represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery (Brisbane). The recipient of multiple awards, most notably Most Provocative Award (Atlanta Biennial), the Australian Post-Graduate Award (University of New South Wales) and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Visual Arts Grant, she holds an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections.

Find out more about Amber Boardman here. or at AmberBoardman.com