Helen Pynor

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‘The Accidental Primate 1’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame

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2010
Doctor of Philosophy,
Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2008
Joint Winner, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2007
L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. 5 month exchange

2006
Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists International Exchange Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2005-current
PhD Visual Arts candidate, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2005-2007
University Postgraduate Award, The University of Sydney

2005-2006
‘Antipodes’ Artist Exchange Project, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris and Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2005
Artist residency, The Gunnery, Sydney

2001-2004
Lived and worked in Paris, France

2001
Public art commission, The Stanton Library, North Sydney

1998-2001
Artist-in-Residence, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

1993
Bachelor of Visual Arts (sculpture, photography), Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

1986
Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (biological sciences), Macquarie University, Sydney

2012
‘Brains: Mind as Matter’, The Wellcome Collection, London

2010
‘Liquid Ground’, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Brainstorm GV Art, London. Curated by Robert Devcic
Hands On Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. Curated by Cash Brown.
Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts, London.
National Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition Albury Regional Gallery, New South Wales.

2009
‘Swelling’, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
RBS Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition RBS Building, Sydney.
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.

2008
Milk Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
The Vernacular Terrain Monash Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melborune. Curated by Stephen Danzig, Xu Dawei, Lubi Thomas, Matthew Perkins, Pauline Doutreluingne (G)
Jospehine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photographic Award Finalist Exhibition Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland (G)
Bazaar ’08 Official satellite event of the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. Clare Hotel, Sydney. Curated by Terminus Projects (G)
Love Letter Galerie Chez Robert, web-based installation gallery, France

2007
red sea blue water Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Undercurrent Two-person exhibition, MOP Projects, Sydney. Curated by Noella Lopez (G)
Portes Ouvertes L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (G)
ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition Sydney (G)
L’Art Emmêlé Hôtel de Crillon, Paris. Curated by Erick Öge & Jérôme Le Berre (G)

2006
Breathing Shadows Harrison Galleries, Sydney
Antipodes Point Éphémère, Paris (G)
Post It Peloton, Sydney (G)
ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition Sydney (G)
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist Exhibition Sydney (G)

2005
Shadowbreath Linden-St Kilda Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne
Contemporary Collection Benefactors exhibition and auction Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (G)
Antipodes Sydney College of the Arts Gallery (G)
re/thinking Bus, Melbourne. Curated by Tristian Koenig (G)
Luminous Two Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne (G)
Punch MOP Projects, Sydney (G)
Luxe de Luxe avenue K, Kuala Lumpur. Curated by Polyptyque, Paris (G)

2004
Première Vue Passage de Retz, Paris. Curated by Michel Nuridsany (G)

2003
Portes Ouvertes l’Imprimerie, Paris (G)

1996
Defence Artspace, Sydney
Enough Bankstown Square, Sydney (G)

1995
Sydney Alternative Art Australian High Commission, Singapore (G)
Seep Centennial Park, Sydney. In Artful Park outdoor sculpture symposium (G)
Waste Not Waste EcoDesign Foundation exhibition space, Sydney. Publication and travelling exhibition (G)

1994
The Body Crypta Selenium, Sydney
Artspace Open Artspace, Sydney (G)
T.I.P. Bankstown Square, Sydney (G)

1993
Untitled installation 144 Cleveland Street, Sydney
The Second Time I Lost My Leg, It Was Stolen Sydney College of the Arts Gallery (G)
Unresolved Airspace, Sydney (G)

1992
Brown Paper Show Allen Street Gallery, Sydney (G)

1992
Brown Paper Show Allen Street Gallery, Sydney (G)
Value Allen Street Gallery, Sydney (G)

1991
Natura Morta NCA, Sydney. Two-person exhibition (G)

1990
Ask Iris Sydney College of the Arts Gallery (G)

Private collections Paris, France
Collection of Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Private collections Sydney
Private collection Geneva, Switzerland
Private collection, Adelaide
Macquarie Bank
The Royal Bank of Scotland
The Universitiy of Sydney
Artbank

 

2011
Editorial, Picture of the Week, British Medical Journal, January
Dr David Dexter, Brainstorm art exhibition demystified the brain – it is not ‘degrading’, Guardian online, UK, 14 Jan,

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jan/14/brainstorm-exhibition-brain-gv-art

2010
Jane O’Sullivan, What Now? Helen Pynor, Australian Art Collector Oct/Nov/Dec, p. 116-117
Andrew Taylor, Body is Beautiful, The Sun-Herald 31 Oct, p. 34
Anne Ferran, On Liquid Ground, catalogue essay, Dominik Mersch Gallery
Lynne Dwyer, Liquid Ground Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald 13 Nov, p.12
Juliet Gauchat, Liquid Ground Das SuperPaper Issue 16, 52-57

2009
Lenny Ann Low, Twisted Whiskers, Sydney Morning Herald, 16-17 May, p. 10
Ashleigh Wilson, Prize Won With Ancient Knowledge, The Australian 21 Oct 2009, p. 16
Esther Rose Berry, Aestheticising Transnationalised Hair: Envisaging Difference in the Sculptures of Helen Pynor, Trunk, One: Hair, eds Suzanne Boccalatte & Meredith Jones, p. 98-103
Ashley Crawford, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Art World Issue 8, April/May 2009, p. 168-169

2008
Ashley Crawford Pynor’s Lore catalogue essay, ‘Milk’ exhibition, Dominik Mersch Gallery.
Ashley Crawford Visceral Voyeur profile article Photofile issue 83, pgs 44-47

2007
Clara Iaccarino Undercurrent review, ‘Undercurrent’ exhibition, MOP Projects, Open Gallery, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald 28-29 July, p.16
Jacqueline Millner Undercurent catalogue essay, ‘Undercurrent’ exhibition, MOP Projects
Jan Guy Tides of Hair review article Lino, issue 18, pgs. 80-85
Jan Guy Never Ever Been a Blue Calm Sea: Notes on the works of Helen Pynor catalogue essay, ‘red sea blue water’ exhibition, Dianne Tanzer Gallery
Jan Guy Helen Pynor red sea blue water catalogue essay, ‘red sea blue water’ exhibition, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, In Trouble, May, p. 12-13
Editorial Undercurrent review, ‘Undercurrent’ exhibition, MOP Projects, SCA Fold, August, p. 4

2006
Antipodes catalogue for ‘Antipodes’ artists’ exchange project and exhibition, Point Éphémère, Paris
Sundandah Creagh Breathing Shadows review, ‘Breathing Shadows’ exhibition, Harrison Galleries, Open Gallery, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald 22-23 April, p.16
Jan Guy Breathing in the Shadows of Aporia catalogue essay, ‘Breathing Shadows’ exhibition, Harrison Galleries
Esther Berry From Temple to Transnational: The Politics of Hair and its Globalisation unpublished thesis, Department of Gender Studies, The University of Sydney, pgs. 32-34, 38-39, 44, 47, 74, 78
Tom Arthur Antipodes article on ‘Antipodes’ artists’ exchange project and exhibition, SCA Fold, April, p. 3

2005
Jan Guy The Shadow of Breath catalogue essay, ‘Shadowbreath’ exhibition, Linden-St Kilda Contemporary Arts Centre
Jan Guy Arriving Here from No/where (Erewhon) conference paper presented at Eye-site: Situating Practice and Theory in the Visual Arts, The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference, Sydney
Anne Kay & Jane Polkingthorne The MCA Tapes video interview, exhibited at the ‘Situation’ exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Contemporary Collection Benefactors catalogue for exhibition & auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Generation K catalogue for ‘Luxe de Luxe’ exhibition, Kuala Lumpur
Antipodes catalogue for ‘Antipodes’ Artists’ Exchange Project and exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts
Adlin Rosli avenue K Gone Luxe de Luxe review of ‘Luxe de Luxe’ exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Klue, February, p. 22

2004
Michel Nuridsany Helen Pynor catalogue essay, ‘Première Vue’ exhibition, Passage de Retz, Paris

2001
Ali Benton Totally Mosaic review of public art project in the Adolescent Medical Unit, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, SBS web magazine

1997
Julia Jones Artful Protest: Review of the Tradition of Environmental Art in Australia review of ‘Waste Not Waste’ project, Real Time, Aug/Sept, p. 8
Winsome Byrne Newtown Wants to Clean Up Its Act review, Newtown Bin Project, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Dec, p. 37

1996
Chang Jing Er Ecology, Design and Developing A New Thinking review, ‘Waste Not Waste’ Project, Sing Tao, Hong Kong, 20 March, p. E6
Samantha Donnelly Defences catalogue essay, ‘Defence’ installation, Artspace
Caroline Pidcock Waste Not Waste review, ‘Waste Not Waste’ publication, Architecture Australia, Sept/Oct, p. 38
Neil Blenkiron Waste Not Waste review, ‘Waste Not Waste’ publication, Renew, Oct/Dec, p. 75

1994
Mark Jackson The Space of the Fold catalogue essay, ‘The Body Crypta’ exhibition, ‘Ship of Fools’ program

2014
‘The Accidental Primate 1’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 2’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 3’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 4’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 5’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame<br />
‘The Accidental Primate 6’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 7’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 8’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 9’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
‘The Accidental Primate 10’ 2014, Pigment print, face-mounted on acrylic with shadow frame
2014
HELEN PYNOR and PETA CLANCY: The Body is a Big Place, 2013-14, 6 min 28 sec, edited video of pig heart perfusion performance, Science Gallery Dublin (Feb. 2013), sound by Gail Priest, Ed.5+2 AP
2012
'The Life Raft 20’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 19’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 18’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 17’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 16’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 15’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 14’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 13’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 12’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 11’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 10’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 9’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘The Life Raft 7’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘The Life Raft 6’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘The Life Raft 5’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
'The Life Raft 4’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘The Life Raft 3’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘The Life Raft 1’, 2012, toned and hand-coloured gelatin silver prints on archival fibre-based paper, framed, 57 x 77 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
2010
'Liquid Ground 1, 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Liquid Ground 2', 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Liquid Ground 3', 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Liquid Ground 4', 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Liquid Ground 5', 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Liquid Ground 6', 2010, C-type photographic print face mounted on glass, 160 x 110 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP
'Thames 3', 2010, hand-cut ordnance, survey maps on rag board, framed. Edition of 5 + 1 AP. 75 x 48 cm
'Thames 2', 2010, hand-cut ordnance, survey maps on rag board, framed. Edition of 5 + 1 AP. 75 x 48 cm
'Thames 1', 2010, hand-cut ordnance, survey maps on rag board, framed. Edition of 5 + 1 AP. 75 x 48 cm
'Milk (tea tree, bird's nest fern, wattle)', 2009, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 3 panels, each 160 x 105 cm, edition of 3 +1 AP
2008
Milk 1 (Sweet pittosporum), 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 1 (Sweet pittosporum) Detail, 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 2 (Sydney red gum), 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 2 (Sydney red gum) Detail, 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 3 (Bird's nest fern), 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 3 (Bird's nest fern) Detail, 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 4 (Wattle), 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 4 (Wattle) Detail, 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 5 (Tea tree), 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Milk 5 (Tea tree) Detail, 2008, C-type photograph face-mounted on glass, 100 x 66cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘Untitled (brain heart gut)’, 2007, knitted human hair, 94 x 34 x 30cm
‘Untitled (brain heart gut)' Detail, 2007, knitted human hair, 94 x 34 x 30cm
‘Exhale’, 2005, knitted human hair, 197 x 130 x 70cm
‘Untitled (heart lungs)’, 2007, knitted human hair, 25 x 40 x 15cm
‘Head Ache’, 2008, C-type photograph on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘Head Ache’ Detail, 2008, C-type photograph on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘Biliousness’, 2008, C-type photograph on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘Biliousness’ Detail, 2008, C-type photograph on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
‘Constipation’, 2007, C-type photograph on Duratran, face-mounted on glass, 173 x 39cm, edition of 5 + 1AP