Artists

Elizabeth Willing

Elizabeth Willing is an Australian visual artist. In 2009 she completed her honours in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at Queensland University of Technology. Between 2008 and 2013 Elizabeth Co-Directed Accidentally Annie St Space; a Brisbane Artist Run Initiative.

Elizabeth has undertaken professional development work experience in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). She will be the Australia Council Artist in Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for 12 months beginning July 2014.

Elizabeth has been awarded an Australia Council Artstart grant, the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship (2013), a JUMP mentoring Scholarship (2010), and the Melville Haysom Scholarship through QAGOMA (2010). Her work has been commissioned for Museum of Brisbane public art projects including Platform and Hutton Lane Lightboxes. In 2012 Elizabeth was Artist in Residence at Metro Arts Brisbane.

In 2009 and again in 2010 Elizabeth exhibited in the Melbourne Next Wave festival, she was also included in the institute of Modern Art Fresh cut exhibition in 2010. Her work has been shown in various Australian artists run initiatives and Artist projects including Boxcopy, LEVEL, SafARI and Screen Space.

Image: Untitled. Chocolate milk powder, milk, and window. Detail

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

Jarrod Van Der Ryken

Jarrod Van Der Ryken is a Brisbane-based visual artist whose practice is concerned with ideas of unspoken experience. His work attempts to draw relations to wider phenomenologies of thought and language including the difficulties of translating existential experience coherently into language. This occurs in the abstraction of texts, forming works of incomprehensible writing, and also in experimentation with the introverted presence of the body in performance, installation and video work. His work articulates these ideologies through a passivity that is created in the visual subtleties and ephemeral nature of the materials and processes being utilised.

Image: this tone [ii] (2014  Photo Documentation
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OK YEAH COOL GREAT

Kate Beckingham and Anna McMahon met in 2010 during their honours year at Sydney College of the Arts. Drawn together by their love of clean lines and simple aesthetics, Beckingham and McMahon formed OK YEAH COOL GREAT.

Collectively they are interested in making art grounded in a common aesthetic understanding rather than a shared conceptualism. They endeavour to explore through their collaboration what it means to produce artworks as a duo. Concerned with elements drawn from both art history and theory, OK YEAH COOL GREAT approach their subjects with both lighthearted and sober wit.

Image: OK YEAH COOL GREAT, Untitled (as pair) from 2, 2010, digital C-type print, 65 x 93cm each

Website – okyeahcoolgreat.com

Luke Maninov

Luke Maninov is an imaging neuroscientist and artist living in Brisbane, Australia. His designs are heavily influenced by natural forms and his continuing work in the fields of biomedical imaging and neuroscience. Through the study of comparative structure in plants and animals his work examines the shared features that define the living and the organic. 

First graduating in neuroscience and psychology he combined a love of photography with microimaging to study cellular activity related to disease response and cancer through digital film – co-authoring several papers and a patent for potential disease treatment in this time. This led into research studying biological rhythms including interhermispheric switching, neural rhythms that vary between individuals and influence perception and consciousness. After taking some time away from research to study design Luke returned to neuroscience. He now manages a neuroscientific microimaging facility where he works alongside researchers studying consciousness, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and Schizophrenia. Here he teaches and develops new methods for imaging neurons and brain tissue along with novel ways of exploring the beautiful images captured using these techniques.

Luke’s background and experience in the study of anatomy, physiology, design, photography and jewellery fabrication allow him to translate science and nature into unique sculpture and wearable art.

Since the launch of his first collections, Efflorescence and Symmetria in 2012, he has received an Australian RAW designer award and shown work in Australia and Japan.

Image: 4 Claw Ring with Gold Vermeil

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

Sarah Poulgrain

Sarah Poulgrain is a Brisbane-based artist interested in distorted reconstructions of experience. She works primarily through sculpture, painting and installations, using objects and images to create sets or scenes. Often using materials of a precarious nature, her practice is concerned with re-enactments of momentary occurrences and seemingly inconsequential narratives in transition from the experiential to re-presentation.

Sarah Poulgrain graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art. She has participated in group exhibitions at Chapter House Lane (Melbourne) and Claredon House (Edinburgh); and in Brisbane at various galleries including Addition, Boxcopy and the Hold Artspace. Sarah is also a Finalist in the 2014 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize at Griffith University Art Gallery.

Image – Suspended Set (2014). Pine, print, clay, fabric and plastic.

Text – Metro Arts

Clark Beaumont

Clark Beaumont is the Brisbane based collaborative duo Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark. Through both live and mediated performance works they investigate ideas and constructs around identity, female subjectivity, intimacy and interpersonal relationships. Clark Beaumont are the subjects for their work, and their collaboration means exploring the social and physical dynamics of working together to create artwork. Through performance and time-based media, they experiment with multiple feminine personas and characters, recreating and reflecting on the individual and intersubjective experiences that contribute to the practice. The duo aims to create artwork that creatively and critically engages elements of humour and absurdity to explore how contemporary constructs of female identity and subjectivity are formed.

Clark Beaumont formed in 2010 at the Queensland University of Technology, whilst completing their Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (Visual Art). Since beginning their collaboration, the duo have presented live performances, videos and installations nationally, in both group and solo shows, including at SafARI (2012), Boxcopy (2012), PICA (2013), Bus Projects (2013) and Kings (2014), as well as internationally, with their solo exhibition Seen (2013) at Jiwar, Spain. In 2013, Clark Beaumont were also the 13th artist added to the 13 Rooms exhibition, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach.

Clark Beaumont  Website

Tyza Stewart

Tyza Stewart is a visual artist who explores gender identity through an art practice based in continual self-portraiture. Tyza uses documentation and memories from their own childhood as well as more current experiences to inform an interrogation of understandings of normality in relation to gender. Resulting self-portraits depict ambiguously gendered selves that publicly fail to conform to gender norms as the works are exhibited. By both resisting and engaging with popular understandings of transsexual narratives, Tyza highlights some alternatives to the strict binary understandings of gender that constantly proliferate within our society.

Tyza is a recent Honors graduate of the Queensland College of Art and is currently represented by Heiser Gallery, Brisbane. Tyza’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in Australia, including 15 artists at Redcliffe Art Gallery, The Churchie at Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Breakthrough, Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Interstate Romance at Pseudo Space, Sydney and BEAF 2013 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.

Untitled, Oil and screen print on board, 2011

For more information please visit – Heiser Gallery

Caitlin Franzmann

Caitlin Franzmann lives and works in Brisbane. Franzmann originally trained as an urban planner and in 2012 completed a BFA at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited  at the Institute of Modern Art, QUT Art Museum, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Slopes Gallery and as a part of OtherFilm Festival 2012.  In 2012, she completed a residency with LEVEL ari and later joined the collective as co-director.  She was a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize 2013 and recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart Grant in 2013. In 2014 Franzmann took part in the Instrument Builders Project in Yogyarkarta and with the support of Asialink Arts Residency Program and Arts Queensland, researched and created new work at Torna Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey.

Artist Website – www.caitlinfranzmann.com

 

Image – between two trees, between two ears (2014), The Instrument Builders Project, Yogyarkarta, Indonesia

Text – Metro Arts

Elisa Jane Carmichael

Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah, North
Stradbroke Island and is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her
strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her current practice
visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing
inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage.


Elisa has exhibited as an artist nationally and internationally after working in London, New York and India. 

In 2014 she did her first fashion collaboration with fashion designer, Roopa Pemmaraju. This project took Elisa to India for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. She was sponsored by the Australian High Commission to attend the event. Whilst in India, Elisa conducted a children’s art work shop to celebrate International Day of the girl child with the Australian ambassador for women and children.

Elisa’s first solo collection was displayed in United Kingdom’s leading fashion designer, Paul Smith’s store at Heathrow Airport, London, 2012. She has also exhibited in the London 02 arena, various spaces throughout East London and was chosen to perform for New York Feminist artist, Emily Roysdon’s live performance; I am a helicopter camera queen at the Tate Modern Gallery.

Elisa is currently apart of Sir Paul Smith’s personal exhibition collection ‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith’ which is on world tour for the next five years. The exhibition opened in November 2013 at The London Museum of Design. Her artwork is also published in the USA Rizzoli publication, ‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith.’ 

Elisa Was a national finalist in the Onesight Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarer competition in 2014. This saw her art work displayed at the Australian Museum, Indigenous Art Galleries in Sydney alongside the other completion finalists.

Elisa has sold her artwork to the State Library of Queensland for the branding of the Our Dreaming, animating country exhibition and also to Education Queensland for branding of the National Curriculum. 

Elisa continues to work and exhibit throughout her hometown, Brisbane. Her work has also been displayed in Paul Smith’s store in Melbourne and the Tali Art Gallery in Sydney. She was chosen to participate in an Artist Camp coordinated by Judy Watson and the Gold Coast Arts Centre and has also completed an artist in residence program with the University of Queensland. Elisa has coordinated children’s workshops with kindergartens, the Queensland Museum, the Redlands Art Gallery and is now working with the State Library of Queensland as the exhibitions support for kuril dhagun.

Image: Acacia Aulacocarpa (Wattle) #2, 2012

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

—Svenja Kratz

—Svenja Kratz is a contemporary Brisbane based artist interested in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary creative practice, particularly the intersections between science and art. Svenja’s work gives rise to the complex relationships between humans and other organisms, engaging with the human endeavour to understand, manipulate and control the world around us, particularly through scientific research. Through her practice she also plays on the illusion of real and imaginary; contrasting popular cultures adaptations of science/myth with biological evidence and depictions of scientific truth.

—BIO

—She originally trained in cross-arts practice at the Griffith University School of Art and graduated with first class honours in new media art in 2004. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Svenja produced a range of works both independently and in collaboration with other artists. These works were exhibited throughout Australia including the InfoZone at The State Library of QLD (Brisbane), Auraluen Centre for the Arts and Entertainment (Alice Springs) and the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (Bathurst).

—From 2008 – 2012, she worked as an artist in the area of cell and tissue culture at QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). During this time she produced three major bodies of work that mapped her engagement with contemporary biotechnologies including primary culture of human and fetal calf cells, tissue and genetic engineering. These projects include: The Absence of Alice – a series of mixed media exhibitions originally inspired by the artist’s engagement with the Saos-2 cell line, The Immoralisation of Kira and Rama – a living bioart display of fetal calf cells and The Human Skin Experience/Equivalent Project – a jewellery project incorporating tissue engineering practices.

—Creative works developed during this period were exhibited at local, national and international venues including Metro Arts (Brisbane), The QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Spectrum Project Space (Perth), Science Gallery (Dublin) and the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney).

—In 2013 she received the QLD Premier’s New Media Scholarship and undertook a 5-month residency at Leiden University and the Art and Genomics Centre in The Netherlands, where she explored mutagenesis and bioengineering for future energy production.

—She holds a PhD in Contemporary Art and Biotechnology from QUT, which was completed in a creative partnership between the Creative Industries Faculty and IHBI.

—Text – Spiro Grace Art Rooms (2014)

Image – The Contamination of Alice: Landscapes (2010) Agar, Bacterial and Fungal Colonies, Seeds and Sprouts. Installation View

Website – www.svenjakratz.com