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

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

The Body is a Big Place, Kapelica Ljubljana, Slovenia. Collaboration with Peta Clancy

2012

The Life Raft, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2011

Milk, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Breath, GV Art, London
The Body is a Big Place, Performance Space, Sydney. Collaboration with Peta Clancy
The Body is a Big Place, Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Collaboration with Peta Clancy

2010

Liquid Ground, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2009

Swelling, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Milk, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney

2008

Milk Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Love Letter, Galerie Chez Robert, web-based installation gallery, France

2007

red sea blue water, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2006

Breathing Shadows, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2005

Shadowbreath, Linden-St Kilda, Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne

1996

Defence, Artspace, Sydney

1994

Worth It, Pendulum, Sydney
The Body Crypta, Selenium, Sydney

1993

Untitled installation, 144 Cleveland Street, Sydney

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

Berlin-Sydney, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, curated by Dominik MerscH, Berlin
Encyclopedia Galactica, GV Art, London

 

2013

TEA/Super-Connect, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
Art and Science as the Conjectured Possible, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia
Synapse: A Selection ISEA2013 – 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Oscillator, Science Gallery, Dublin
Brains: The Mind as Matter, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Nature Reserves, GV Art, London
The Body as Evidence, The Gordon Museum King’s College, London
Art and Science, GV Art, London
Diverse Gatherings, No Format, London

2012

CyberArts 2012, Prix Ars Electronica, OK Center for Contemporary Art Linz
Brains: Mind as Matter, The Wellcome Collection, London
Time and Vision, Australia Council for the Arts-London Studio 20-Year Anniversary, Bargehouse, London
Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia
The Body is a Big Place video, The Centre for Tropical Medicine, Ho Cho Minh, Vietnam
Polymath, GV Art, London
5, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Fauvette Loureiro memorial Artist Travel Scholarship, Finalist exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2011

Art-Science, GV Art, London
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Trick of Light, Core Gallery, London
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photographic Award Finalist Exhibition, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Art Stage Singapore, representating Dominik Mersch Gallery, Singapore

2010

Brainstorm, GV Art, London
Hands On, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Experiments on Plant Hybridization, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
5 BY 5, Menier Gallery, London
Melbourne Art Fair, representing Dominik Mersch Gallery, Melbourne
National Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition, Albury Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Psychometry, Core Gallery, London
White Hot, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
AGENDA 2010, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Slick, Art Fair, Paris

2009

Hong Kong Art Fair, representing Dominik Mersch Gallery
RBS Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition, RBS Building, Sydney
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Wiloughby Sculpture Prize Finalist Exhibition, The Incinerator, Sydney
Fraction, CBA Studios, London

2008

Tendances: Contemporary artists in review, The Art Floor, Geneva
The Vernacular Terrain, Monash Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne
Postgraduate Degree Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery
Josephine Ulrick
Bazaar ’08, Official Satellite Event, 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Clare Hotel, Sydney

2007

Undercurrent MOP Projects, Sydney
Portes Ouvertes, L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition, ABN-AMRO Building, Sydney
L’Art Emmêlé, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

2006

Antipodes, Point Éphémère, Paris
Post It, Peloton, Sydney
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist Exhibition, Woollahra Municipal Chambers, Sydney

2005

Contemporary Collection Benefactors exhibition and auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Antipodes, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery
re/thinking, Bus, Melbourne
Luminous Two, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Punch, MOP Projects, Sydney
Luxe de Luxe, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2004

Première Vue, Passage de Retz, Paris

2003

Portes Ouvertes, L’Imprimerie, Paris

1996

Enough, Bankstown Square, Sydney

1995

Sydney Alternative Art, Australian High Commission, Singapore
Waste Not Waste, EcoDesign Foundation, Sydney
Seep, Centennial Park outdoor sculpture symposium, Sydney

1994

Artspace Open, Artspace, Sydney
T.I.P., Bankstown Square, Sydney

1993

The Second Time I Lost My Leg, It Was stolen, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney
Unresolved, Airspace, Sydney

1992

Brown Paper Show, Allen Street Gallery, Sydney
value, Allen Street Gallery, Sydney

1991

Natura Morta, NCA, Sydney

1990

Ask Iris, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney

 

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

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND RESIDENCIES

2013

Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Skills & Arts Development Grant
Australia Council for the Arts, Interarts Project Grant
Arts NSW, New Projects Grant

2012

Honorary Mention, Hybrid Art category Prix Ars Electronica Linz, Austria
Finalist, Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
Synapse Art, Science Residency Grant, Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts New Work Grant – Mid-Career Artists
Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne, Creative Work Grant

2011

Highly Commended, Traditional Techniques Section, International Lace Award Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Judges Special Mention, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Finalist, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Besen Family Foundation Grant, Australia
Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne – Creative Work Grant
NSW Artist’s Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia

2010

Finalist, National Photography Prize Albury Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
Finalist, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts New Work Grant-Established Artists
Australia Council for the Arts, Interarts Project Grant
Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne – Development and Engagement Grant
Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

2009

Winner of RBS Emerging Artist Award, RBS Building, Sydney
Winner of People’s Choice Award, and Highly Commended Willoughby Sculpture Prize The Incinerator, Sydney

2008

Joint Winner of Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2007

Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

2006

Finalist, ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award ABN-AMRO Building, Sydney
Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

2005-2008

University Postgraduate Award, The University of Sydney
Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Grant, The University of Sydney, (2005-2007)

2004

Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

2002

Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

1998

Australia Council for the Arts, Professional Development Grant
Australia Council for the Arts, Community Cultural Development Grant

1996

Australia Council for the Arts, Community Cultural Development Grant

1995

Australia Council for the Arts, Community, Environment, Art & Design Grant
Australia Council for the Arts – Community Cultural Development Grant

1994

Marketing Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, Australia

1993

The University of Sydney, Cultural Grant
The University of Sydney, Shirbin Bursary Artist Residency

1991

The University of Sydney, Sir Frank Packer Bursary, Artist Residency

 

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