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The Weight of Painting - Lauren McCartney

  • Paper Mountain 267 William St Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
Hula Hoop

The Weight of Painting by Lauren McCartney is showcasing her creative and exciting exhibition this September at Paper Mountain. Satirising the trope of the modernist painter by braiding the gestures of action painting and the grid with overtly feminine practices such as hula hooping and watercolours, McCartney highlights the inherent failure of this endeavour, creating a clumsy performance of movements within a pool of paint as well as an exploration of the limitations of the modernist grid as she fails to overcome her medium. The grid offers a static space that is used as a means of mapping the endurance of her body as she ventures to reconstruct the materiality of paint using paper and the body as supports.

Lauren McCartney is a Perth based artist, currently undertaking her PhD at Curtin University. Originally from Wollongong, McCartney’s practice is based on remediated painting where she is investigating a new realm of visual inquiry in contemporary painting practice as painting is fused with other mediums and media. She is mainly concerned with how the feminine body has functioned as a support in remediated practices, as well as the whether the material aspects of traditional paint are still relevant in contemporary painting. She has exhibited in group, collaborative and solo exhibitions in Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and has recently has had work acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australian and private collections.



  • WHEN: 5 - 21 September, 2014. 
  • WHERE: Paper Mountain, 267 William Street, Northbridge, WA. 



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