Holly Anderson: The Oh No Sun
Holly Anderson’s art practice attempts to articulate her anxiety and neurosis towards a world in a state of ecological crisis. Rather than hold us hostage with a visual lecture on environmentalism, Anderson examines her own tumultuous relationship with a sun too hot and weather burdened by global warming. Her solo exhibition, The Oh No Sun, exposes the irony of sun soaked summer landscapes as romantic sites of pleasure; for Anderson these places come coupled with ominous warnings of skin cancer, radiation and environmental destruction. Burnt bodies, blinding sunlight and turbulent waters act as a cross-section of violence experienced in these places. Anderson walks us through this heatwave with a gentle hand and equally gentle paintings – with the threat of the sun beating down on our backs we are shown a familiar world made strange, reminding us that Australia boasts the second highest diagnosis rate for melanoma and that we are probably due for a skin check. Outer Space is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. Outer Space’s 2018 – 2019 Exhibition Program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.