Marlee McMahon

Marlee McMahon unsettles the procedural vocabularies of hard-edge abstraction and constructivism to produce resonant compositions with a defined internal sense of tempo. Led by an intuitive studio process that draws attention to the spatial boundaries of the work, McMahon investigates the dynamic relationship between chromatic interaction and surface tension through abstract painting. Taken as a whole, McMahon’s practice emphasises the human presence found within abstraction. Employing deceptive, redolent shapes and tones, her sharp compositions strengthen the links between action and awareness, rhythm and form.

Born in 1996 in Sale, VIC, McMahon received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2017. During her undergraduate degree, McMahon was awarded the Cranbourne Fellowship in Visual Art in 2019, undertaking a residency at the British School at Rome, IT. Following her BFA, McMahon was awarded the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020 and received a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, NL in 2023.

Selected solo exhibitions: Shadow Crossed the Sky, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2024 (forthcoming); Stepping Lightly, Conners Conners, Melbourne, 2021; Heavy Kite, Visions, Auckland, 2021; Digestif, STATION, Melbourne, 2020; Carbonated, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland, 2019; 61x70xM, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2017; Optic White, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, 2017, Victoria.

Selected group exhibitions: Sutton Gallery at Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, 2024; Partial View, MaMA, Rotterdam, NL, 2023; Sutton Gallery at Sydney Contemporary, Sydney, 2023; Four Meter High Ceilings, Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam, NL, 2023; Wind-up Teeth, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL, 2022; I Must Be Living Twice, European Cultural Centre, Venice, IT; I Am Here (curated by Katherine Hattam), Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, 2021; Deep Breakfast, Haydens, Melbourne, 2020; Sounds of Pacing, Conners Conners, Melbourne, 2020; December Mostra, British School at Rome (BSR), Rome, IT, 2019; Hard Boiled, Neon Parc Brunswick, Melbourne, 2019; A more comprehensive physical explanation, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland, 2019; Unrepresented Artists, Haydens, Melbourne, 2018; The drawing is just not there (curated by Patrice Sharkey and Christopher L G Hill), West Space, Melbourne, 2018; Uh, or so on, VCA Art Space, Melbourne, 2017; Summer projects IV, Boom, Geelong, 2017.

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