Long Weekend 2015, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne

  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Assail (Sulpher Cockatoos), 2015, oil on canvasAssail (Sulpher Cockatoos) 2015, oil on canvas, 41 x 46cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Assail (Emus), 2015, oil on canvasAssail (Emus) 2015, oil on canvas, 41 x 46cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Assail (Regent Bowerbird), 2015, oil on canvasAssail (Regent Bowerbird) 2015, oil on canvas, 41 x 46cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Assail (Australian Magpies), 2015, oil on canvasAssail (Australian Magpies) 2015, oil on canvas, 41 x 46cm

Long Weekend: Responses to the Australian cult horror film

Group exhibition by artists Penny Burnett, Effie Pryer, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson and Josh Simpson. The exhibition explores new readings of painting through responses to the Australian cult horror film Long Weekend (Eggleston 1978). The works investigate and interpret the film’s concepts of environmental concern, Australian identity and horror. The exhibition further serves as a medium to develop the subtle hints of the sinister that lurk beneath the surface of each artist’s individual practice.

Long Weekend portrays the horror close to home through the Australian bushland - a darker side of the landscape where Australians love to eat, play and relax. It tells the story of a couple on a camping trip whose callous disregard for the environment forces nature to strike back. In the film benign creatures begin to snap and snarl, branches fall and food rots as the landscape takes its revenge.