PETER HENNESSEY

PETER HENNESSEY

b. 1968, Sydney

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Hennessey was born in 1968 in Sydney, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours), RMIT in 1995. Exhibitions and collaborations include My Hell’s Gate, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2010); My NSAT-110, Kandada, Tokyo (2007); My Voyager, PICA, Perth (2005); Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2004); TerrUrbanism, Australia Centre, Manila, The Philippines (with Patricia Piccinini) (1995); De Overkant, Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague (2007).

Trained as an architect, Hennessey has established an international profile for his physically imposing, conceptually rigorous sculptures. He is inspired by the science of space exploration and comparable technological advances, and scours the Internet and other publicly available information to produce his work. The resulting sculptures are ‘re-enactments’ of objects that allow people to encounter in three-dimensions what they would otherwise only see in reproduction, or on the Web. In recreating these structures, Hennessey explores the ‘space between images and experience’ and expounds on related social, political and economic imperatives.

http://www.peterhennessey.net/

“For the past two years, the art of Peter Hennessey has powerfully examined the media-saturated events and phenomena that have inscribed themselves upon his (and our) memories and dreams. Deploying the most commonplace of materials (plywood, galvanised steel hinge, canvas), Hennessey has produced bold, arresting and intricate sculptures based on subject matter which is familiar, even infamous, but physically inaccessible...“

(excerpt from Space Voyagers and Neonatal Nightmares: an odyssey into the Art of Peter Hennessey by Varga Hosseini, 2006

 

ALONE WITH THE GODS
2016
MY BURNT FROST
2008
MY NICU
2006
MY VOYAGER
2004
MISCELLANEOUS

BIOGRAPHY

1968

Born Sydney. Lives and works in Melbourne.

1990-95

Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours), RMIT

2000-04

Australia Council New Media Arts Board Member

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Alone with the gods, GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (with Patricia Piccinini)

2015

Making it real, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
The Shadows Calling, Detached, Old Mercury Building, Dark MOFO, Hobart (with Patricia Piccinini)

2014

Here be dragons / Hic sunt dracones, Tolarno Galleries 

2010

My Hell's Gate, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

2008

My Burnt Frost, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Two Projects (Sea and Sky), Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

2007

My NSAT-110, Kandada, Tokyo 

2006

My NICU, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
My Ejector Seat, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne Art Fair 

2005

My Moon Landing, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
My Voyager, PICA, Perth

2004

Repercussions, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide; (with Patricia Piccinini)
Closer (in collaboration with Chunky Move), Perth Festival

2003

Closer, ACMI, Melbourne
Booth, ACMI, Melbourne

1996

ICU, The Basement Project, Melbourne

1995

TerrUrbanism, Australia Centre, Manila, The Philippines; (with Patricia Piccinini)
PathL, The Basement Project, Melbourne

1994

TerrUrbanism, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; (with Patricia Piccinini)
MPath, The Basement Project, Melbourne

1993

Two Hertz, Temple Studios, Melbourne; (with Peter Zellner)

1991

Heretical Gestures At The Birth Of Enlightenment, Swanston Street Gallery, Melbourne
Recent Works and Collaborations, Charles Williams Gallery, Melbourne

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

New Romance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2015

Outer Space, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

2011

Star Voyager, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

2010

The Beauty of Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney

2007

De Overkant, Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague 

2006

Greenaway Art Gallery at ARCO, Madrid

2004

Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Proof, ACMI, Melbourne

2002

Akiharbara TV, Tokyo, Japan
Click, Bendigo Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Mildura Arts Centre Gallery and Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

2001

LumpCD, CCP, Melbourne

2000

LumpCD, Impact Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

1999

LumpCD, Spiral TV, Tokyo, Japan.

1997

Protein Lattice Remix screened at SIGGRAPH 97, Los Angeles, USA.
pH2, Interact Multimedia Expo, Melbourne.
PathL, screened as part of ArtRage on ABC-TV and at SA Stage Gallery, Adelaide

1996

Vert, Experimenta TV commercial project, TEN 10
Basement, Test Strip Gallery, Aukland, NZ
Full Stop, Basement Gallery, Melbourne
Robotica, curated by Shiralee Saul, Melbourne Town Hall

1995

RMIT Department of Architecture Major Project Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne
Since The Accident, Basement, Melbourne
Arts & Industry Design 95, The Arts & Industry Gallery, Melbourne

1994

Critical Mass, Arts Victoria Gallery, Melbourne;
Humanetics, New Media Network, Southgate, Melbourne;
Scission, The Basement Project, Melbourne; (exhibitor & curator)

1993

ity Screens, Melbourne International Festival Projections;
Pure Cinema, Charles Williams Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne;
Vitae, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne;
Deliquescence, 200 Gertrude St Gallery, Melbourne; (curator)
Deliquescence, Canberra Contemporary Art Space; (curator)

1992

Deliquescence, First Draft West, Sydney; (curator)
SuperMart, Blaxland Gallery, Melbourne

1991

The OverExposed City, Swanston Street Gallery, Melbourne;
CMAA Competition Touring Exhibition, Australia

    
 

COLLECTIONS

Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Vic 

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