I am a freelance arts writer, artist and researcher based in Hobart, Australia.
I hold a PhD in art theory, 'The Museum as Art: site-specific art in Australia's public museums' (2013). I taught art theory at the University of Tasmania for six years (2008-14). I currently work as a library and research assistant at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. I'm also the arts editor at Warp Magazine. I write for a number of arts publications, including Realtime, Artlink, Runway, Art Collector, The Conversation, and Warp Magazine.
My art practice addresses issues related to architecture and memory, the museum, and the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Many of my projects focus on systems and patterning, drawing attention to unnoticed or undervalued features in both the natural and built environment. I use a variety of materials, including drawing, photography, sculpture and installation to express these concepts. My art writing also greatly informs my art practice, and vice versa. As a result, my art is research-based, and is often structured around discrete projects with multiple outcomes.
My 2013 site-specific installation, Notice of Proposed Development: 100 Goulburn St, Hobart (Constance ARI), coincided with the local gallery’s change in name and scope, imagining ambitious architectural alterations to the existing building. Based on current trends in museum architecture, the humble ARI was redesigned as a cutting edge monument to rival the Guggenheim(s), the New Museum, and even MONA. These identified architectural features and patterns were documented over many years, the photos of which were mapped out on one of the gallery walls. In turn, the ‘re-development proposal’ took the form of an architectural model, floor plans and council notice. While somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the artwork raised questions about the ownership ARIs have over their exhibition spaces, the relationship between art and architecture, the notion of place-making through iconic buildings, and the ‘visitor experience’.
The 2017 installation, Notice of Proposed Development: 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart (Salamanca Arts Centre), expanded on the Constance ARI installation in terms of scale and scope. The artwork had two sites: the window display at the Salamanca Arts Centre, as well as the social media platform, Instagram. The exhibition evolved over the four week period, with teaser images of the redevelopment being released online via Instagram, while the window display simply had a sign in it reading "exciting new development coming soon." The physical model was only displayed in the gallery space in the fourth and final week.
Another current project focusses on museum architecture through photography. The images are tightly cropped, square close-ups of the angles, patterns and textures common in contemporary museum architecture. The series of larger images - Facade - reveal slight flaws in the museums' facades. Part of this project, Museum Patterns, exists online at museumpatterns.tumblr.com. I am also working on the Tasmanian Colour Project, which addresses the limitations of representational landscape painting by reducing the experience to a selection of branded paint swatches.
2013 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania. ‘The Museum as Art: Site-specific Art in Australia’s Public Museums’. Supervised by Professor Jonathan Holmes and Dr Brigita Ozolins. Examined by Anthony Bond (Art Gallery of NSW), Associate Professor Robert Nelson (Monash University), Associate Professor Rex Butler (Monash University).
2004-07 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (First Class), University of Tasmania (Art & Design Theory, Sculpture).
2017 Notice of Proposed Development: 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart (Salamanca Arts Centre), Salamanca Arts Centre and online.
2016 #Fanart, Round Room Gallery
2015 Façade, Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre.
2014 Museum Patterns, Round Room Gallery, Hobart. Accompanied by an artist book of the same name.
2013 Notice of Proposed Development: 100 Goulburn St, Hobart (Constance ARI), Constance ARI, Hobart.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Sculpture Trail, Fractangular Arts and Music Festival, Tasmania.
2016 Inappropriate Appropriate Ideas, The Curated Shelf.
2013 The Plimsoll Inquiry, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart.
2013 Investigations, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart.
2013 Friend in Hand, Poobah Gallery Hobart.
2009 Forced Collaboration, Inflight ARI, Hobart. Collaborative exhibition with Sarah Jones, financed by a Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant.
2006 Canned, IXL Atrium, Hobart. Curated by Angela Griffiths.
2006 Mountain Festival Sculpture Trail, Hobart Rivulet Walk, Curatorial Panel: Jennie Gorringe, John Vella, Philip Watkins (Winner of the Hobart Water Art Prize).
2003 North Sydney Council Art Prize, finalist, work acquired by North Sydney Council.
2015 Five Way Moiré, Round Room Gallery, Hobart.
2009-10 Post, 10% Pending, various locations around Hobart.
2007-09 Guerrilla Gallery I-VI, 10% Pending, various locations, including Mawson’s Place, This is Not Art Festival (Newcastle), The Village (Melbourne), Installed Taste, Hobart.
2008 Geometric Nature, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania.
Selected Grants, Awards and Residencies
2015 Rosamond McCulloch Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
2015 Artsbridge Grant, Arts Tasmania.
2014 Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship for Art, Craft and Design.
2014 Vita Brown Bursary Bequest Grant, Arts Tasmania.
2012-13 CAST studio residency, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania.
2010 John Davis: Presence, review writing award, NGV Australia. Judged by David Hurlston.
2010 Graduate Scholar Award, Common Ground, 2010 International Arts in Society Conference.
2010 Graduate Research Candidate Conference Fund Scheme, to present at the 2010 International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Istanbul.
2009 Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts.
2009 Graduate Research Candidate Conference Fund Scheme, to present at the 2009 International Arts in Society Conference, Venice.
2008-12 Australian Postgraduate Award.
2007 Tasmanian Emerging Curator Grant, CAST.
2006 Ignition: National Association for the Visual Arts Prize, National Association for the Visual Arts and the University of Tasmania.
2006 Hobart Water Arts Prize, Mountain Festival Sculpture Trail.
2017 Harper, Andrew. ‘A Model of Satire’, The Mercury, 29 April: 21.
2017 Interview with Firas Massouh about museum architecture and my installation, Notice of Proposed Development: 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart (Salamanca Arts Centre), ABC Radio Hobart, 26 April.
2016 Arts panel, ABC Local Radio, Hobart, 23 March
2015 Harper, Andrew, ‘Warp Recommends’, Warp, February.
2013 Interview with Ryk Goddard on Hobart art spaces, ABC Hobart 1 October 2013.
2013 Harper, Andrew, ‘Lucy Hawthorne’, Warp, September: 25.
2008 Hogarth, Megan, ‘Seeing Nature in a New Light’, The Advocate, August 16: 36.
2007 Hopper, Jennifer, ‘10% Pending’, The Program, Radio Interview airing throughout October on Triple J.
2007 Hopper, Jennifer, ‘10% Pending’, The Program, 30th September, http://www.theprogram.net.au/featuresSub.asp?id=5333
2006 'Artnotes', Art Monthly Australia.
2006 Naidoo, Meryl, ‘Shaping the great outdoors’, The Mercury, May 26: 15.
2006 Martain, Tim, ‘Alfresco art unveiled along Rivulet’, The Mercury, March 31: 9.
2017-current Peer, Australia Council for the Arts
2013-14 Board Member, Constance ARI.
2007-2012 Committee Member, Plimsoll Gallery.
2007-2010 10% Pending Artist Run Initiative, co-founding committee member.
2006-07 Committee Member, Entrepot Gallery.
2006 Art School Student Representative, University of Tasmania.
2005 President, Tasmanian School of Art Sculpture Society.
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