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The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Moving Through Debris, a new exhibition by emerging artist Austin Clay Willis.

Austin Clay Willis' artistic practice revolves around the junction of painting, sculpture, and installation. He is keenly interested in the bodily relationship between built and architectural environments, and creating work that explores the tension between illusory and real space.

Willis creates paintings that oscillate between foreground and background as the combinations of lines, shapes, forms, and colours produce illusionary aspects within the picture plane. He then uses these paintings, combines them with photographs, and incorporates them into sculptural installations. Willis creates new structures like walls, ramps, stairs, and platforms to be occupied by the viewer, and bring attention to their physical relationship with space. The materials he uses are the familiar found scraps of lumber, discarded sheets of plastic, textiles, lights, cords, and cans of discarded house paint. 

The sculptures in "Moving Through Debris" take inspiration from a wide array of spaces, ranging from construction sites to recycling centres, domestic furniture, DIY-style structures, and even backyard treehouses. Willis strives to create dynamic compositions with a charismatic configuration or visual balance.