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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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With a distinctive Op art aesthetic, Emma Coulter's site-specific painted installations, plastic sculptures and paintings on linen and board display a union between her interests in the built environment and visual arts.

In her site-specific installations, Coulter paints brightly coloured triangles, trapeziums, and other geometric forms directly onto walls, floors, and ceilings. These installations expand on the physical spaces they inhabit and explore—according to the artist's statement on her website—'the use of colour as an idea that functions as a set of rules or a predefined language'. In the 'spatial deconstruction' series (2014-18), for example, Coulter responds to architectural features such as doorways, fireplaces, ceilings, and floors by painting colourful forms directly onto and around them. In the case of spatial deconstruction #9 (marvel intervention) (2014)—at Hotel Windsor in Melbourne—Coulter's eclectic colour spectrum and geometric forms were contrasted with the historic hotel's heritage wooden doors and plush red carpet.

The formal motifs in Coulter's installations extend to her paintings on canvas such as Chrominance (2015) or Multichromatic Synesthesia #2 (2015), as seen in her 2015 her solo exhibition Chrominance at Anna Pappas Gallery. Her practice also extends to small sculptures that play with light and colour. The sculpture construction #8 (shifted pyramid) (2017), for example, is made of layers of brightly coloured semi-translucent plastic; as the viewer moves around the artwork, the plastic and mirrors bounce reflections in different directions. Others sculptures, such as domestic prototypes (2018), see synthetic polymer paint on cast plaster and concrete balanced on the floor; the work looks like children's playing blocks built up to waist height. In the installation adaptable construction #4 (2016), Coulter's geometric forms and lines leave the walls to become free-standing three-dimensional sculptures made from gloss enamel on steel.

Coulter holds a Master of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, and a Bachelor's degree in both Built Environment and Visual Art from the Queensland University of Technology. Coulter has exhibited in Australia, the United States, and Germany, including solo exhibitions with THIS IS NO FANTASY: Dianne Tanzer + Nicola Stein, Melbourne (2018); Palmer Art Projects, Sydney (2017); Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne (2015); and CHASM, New York (2014). Coulter has been a finalist in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award (2018); an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant recipient (2018); and winner of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize's Viewers' Choice Award (2016); the Linden Art Prize (2016); the Fiona Myer Award (2015), and a NAVA Australian Artists' Grant (2015).

Coulter lives and works in Melbourne.

Emma-Kate Wilson | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

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the natural flow of things by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterthe natural flow of things, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on linen
120 x 96 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
dinner for four by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterdinner for four, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on linen
120 x 96 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
domestic bliss by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterdomestic bliss, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on linen
120 x 96 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
lifestyle perfection by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterlifestyle perfection, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on linen
120 x 96 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
ornamental symmetrie blau blue by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterornamental symmetrie blau blue, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on archival gesso board with custom blue frame
136 x 111 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
ornamental symmetrie green grass by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterornamental symmetrie green grass, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on archival gesso board with custom green frame
135 x 111 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
ornamental symmetrie violette magenta by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterornamental symmetrie violette magenta, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on archival gesso board with custom magenta frame
135 x 111 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
order and systems, synthetic patchwork dreams by Emma Coulter contemporary artwork Emma Coulterorder and systems, synthetic patchwork dreams, 2018 synthetic polymer paint on archival gesso board with custom black gloss frame
45 x 39 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Emma Coulter, composites at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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27 October–17 November 2018 Emma Coulter composites This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne

In Related Press

All things possible – Emma Coulter Related Press All things possible – Emma Coulter Visual Discrepancies blog : 22 February 2017

BH: Emma, what hit me when I first came across your work, and I'm thinking the in situ installation pieces, was the strength of the color and forms you had used. And then there was that space – never completely adding up while offering a convincing cohort with the architectural elements that you chose to work with.EC: For the last 3 or 4 years, I...

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Design Hunter Q + A: Emma Coulter Related Press Design Hunter Q + A: Emma Coulter Habitus Living : 25 July 2015

Currently juggling a number of projects, from a solo exhibition to creating an installation at Melbourne Indesign, Emma Coulter is one busy woman. While her roots are in Northern Ireland, Emma belongs in Melbourne now, clearly immersed in the art and design world it offers.

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EMMA COULTER | CHROMINANCE | AT ANNA PAPPAS GALLERY Related Press EMMA COULTER | CHROMINANCE | AT ANNA PAPPAS GALLERY Primer : 29 May 2015

Emma Coulter limits herself to a distinct, eye-catching palette of colours. There are shades of cyan, lime, orange and blue. There's a bright green, a rusty red and a Tyrian purple. Across canvas, walls, floors, and timber and metal sculptures, Coulter lays on her hues in solid, hard-edged blocks.

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