Maroondah Regional Art Gallery - Melbourne



'In his most recent series of paintings (2007), Gary Willis has allegorised the aspirational attitudes of our youth where the desire for ‘the world’ morphs into an alchemical search for knowledge and gives rise to ancient riddles of good and evil. Willis traces an ambitious passage through the architectural sites of contemporary Melbourne: The International Gate on Tullamarine Freeway, The Centre for Contemporary Ideas at the Victorian College of the Arts, the chemistry laboratories at Melbourne University and the city’s symbolic centre — Federation Square. The protagonists in this cryptic cycle are the young aspirants of contemporary Australia, on their way to the bright lights of the big city in search of all this 'boutique city' has to offer. The challenge of this world, opens into a complex matrix of self-generated illusions where ambition becomes indistinguishable from terrorism, ideas become viruses, high-tech instrumentalities confront fundamental truths and all dreams must first face disillusion. Who is number one? Well ... who's asking?'

Damian Smith - Curator - Maroondah Regional Art Galllery.

Current work in progress