Black & Silver
Tim Fleming
Jess Johnson & Jordan Marani
Conor O'Brien
Dell Stewart & Adam Cruickshank
Amber Wallis & Lizzie Hall
Dylan Martorell
Jake Walker & Mark Rodda
Nathan Gray
TSHDT? 004
Alter Egotism
Do You Remember What It Was?

Elvis Richardson
Belle Bassin & Alasdair McLuckie
Brendan Huntley
Kate Smith
Marcus Keating
Flux Capacitor
Tristan Jalleh & Saskia Pandji Sakti
Susan Jacobs
The Changes
Grow Wild

Dan Moynihan
Thomas Jeppe
Amber Wallis
Christopher Day
Akira Akira
Leah Fraser
Ry Haskings
Victory Over the Sun
Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Ash Keating
Brendan Huntley
William MacKinnon
The Edge of the Line
Helen Johnson
Charlie Sofo


Non-profit curator-run arts initiative Utopian Slumps is pleased to announce the opening of 'Trying to Coax a Lion out of my Chest' by Amiel Courtin-Wilson from 6 - 9pm on Friday 31 July 2009.

Amiel Courtin-Wilson is an acclaimed filmmaker whose multi-award winning feature documentaries 'Chasing Buddha' (2000), 'Bastardy' (Nominated Best Documentary AFI Awards 2009) and short films 'On the Other Ocean' (2005) 'Cicada' (2008) have screened at major international film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes.

He has exhibited his video installation work internationally and lectured at institutions, conferences and festivals including the University of California Los Angeles, VCA, RMIT, AFTRS and the Australian International Documentary Conference. Exhibition highlights include 'I thought I knew but I was wrong - New Video from Australia' which toured the Asia-Pacific region 2004-2005 (ACMI in association with Asialink, co-curated by Alexie Glass and Sarah Tutton), 'All my friends are diseased' at Seventh Gallery, 2005; 'Australian Culture Now' at ACMI, curated by Rhys Graham, 2004; and 'Formal Explorations' at Seventh Gallery, curated by Rebecca Cannon, 2001.

After working across documentary, drama and video installation, Amiel started drawing in 2004 to purge the daily static from his brain. Amiel's automatic, reductive ink drawings are an attempt to exorcise the palpable semi-articulated joy, sorrow and regret that sit somewhere in the centre of his body. They represent an unbearably dense accumulation of coal, bright light, horror and ecstasy, and offer an alternative insight into the filmmaker's perception of the visual world.

Trying to Coax a Lion out of my Chest will present Amiel's first solo exhibition.

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