Biography

Grant Stevens is an Australian artist currently based in Sydney. Working predominantly with video, as well as photography, sculpture and installation, his art practice explores how the verbal and non-verbal languages of popular screen culture interface with contemporary subjectivity. He has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Italy and the United States. His work has also been exhibited in many group shows at publicly funded museums and contemporary art spaces, nationally and internationally. In 2007, Stevens received his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, and has subsequently held a number of academic positions. He is currently a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, and his work is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, and Starkwhite, Auckland.

 

Curriculum Vitae

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Born

Brisbane, 1980

Lives and works in Sydney

 

Education

PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2007

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (First Class), QUT, Brisbane, 2002

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016

What You Seek Is Seeking You, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

 

2015

Dark Mess, Boxcopy, Brisbane

 

2014

What We Had Was Real, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Hold Together, Fall Apart, Starkwhite, Auckland

Supermassive, Screen Space, Melbourne

 

2013

Supermassive, LA Louver, Venice, California

Tranquility Falls, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Angel Place, Sydney

 

2012

Seriously, Relax, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

 

2010

Burst, PICA, Perth

Horizons, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

 

2009

Wobbly, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Fazed, Starkwhite, Auckland

 

2008

No Bad Days, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Really Really, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

 

2007

Education, Education, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Cliché and Collusion: Video Works by Grant Stevens, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Going Steady, Starkwhite, Auckland

The Switch, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome

 

2006

New Ideas for Cake, The Block, Brisbane

Cut to the Cheese: Selected Works, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

The Switch, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

 

2005

I Like Ike, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

When There’s Love, Metro Arts, Brisbane

Like Two Ships, Kings ARI, Melbourne

 

2004

Some Want It All, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Dazed and Praised, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane

In Motion, Starkwhite, Auckland

My Feet Would Hurt If They Still Existed, Alaska Projects, Sydney (curated by Finn Marchant and Nicholas Shearer)

 

2014

Striking Contrasts, touring exhibition, various venues including Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW (curated by dLux Media Arts)

The Wandering: Moving Images from the MCA Collection, touring exhibition, various venues including Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld, Artspace Mackay, Qld, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, ACT, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW

It’s Timely, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney (catalogue) (curated by Paul Howard and Gary Carsley)

 

2013

Bazinga!, Starkwhite, Auckland (curated by Robert Leonard)

We Used to Talk About Love, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (catalogue) (curated by Natasha Bullock)

City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

 

2012

Desire Lines, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (curated by Juliana Engberg)

Speak to Me, Experimenta 5th International Biennial of Media Art, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (curated by Abigail Moncrieff)

Greatest Hits Volume 3, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (curated by Anna Zammit)

 

2011

National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

VideoRow, The Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles, California

Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (curated by Robert Leonard)

 

2010

Big Tree Foot, J & Z Gallery, Shenzhen, China

City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

In Order Out, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

 

2009

Speaking in Tongues, Nature Morte Berlin, Germany

The more you ignore me, the closer I get, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Word, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

Some Text Missing, CAST, Hobart (curated by Sarah Jones)

Total Nowhere Emotion Expansion, Brisbane Festival (curated by Vivian Ziherl)

 

2008

Ornament is a Crime, Gallery 1927, Los Angeles

The Dating Show, IMA @ TCB, Brisbane (curated by Robert Leonard)

Typecast, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne (curated by Marilyn & Sons)

neo-goth: back in black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (curated by Alison Kubler)

Artisti, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome

 

2007

The Leisure Class, the Australian Cinematheque, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Bad Brains, a little blah blah, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

New Deities: Art and the Cult of Celebrity, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

 

2006

Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Man/Trouble, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide

 

2005

Like Two Ships, Elastic residence, London

Prime 2005: New Art From Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

 

2004

2004: Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (catalogue)

Octopus 5, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (curated by Nicholas Chambers) (catalogue)

Zeitgeist, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney

Gravity, MAAP Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (catalogue)

 

Selected Screenings and Commissions

2014

Public Art Screens, i/o/lab, Stavanger, Norway

MAF Video, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne

 

2013

Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney

 

2012

Mingling, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

 

2011

Kick Off, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Move Primary, Art In Motion, Kaldor Public Art Projects

 

2010

Next Wave Time Lapse, Federation Square’s Big Screen, Melbourne

 

Selected Awards

2013

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

City of Hobart Art Prize, Highly Commended for Tranquility Falls

 

2010

Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

The International Art Residency, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

 

2009

The John Coburn Emerging Artist Award, 58th Blake Prize, National Art School, Sydney

 

2008

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Spirit of Youth Award (SOYA), Qantas

 

2007

RIPE: Art & Australia/ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award

 

2006

Los Angeles Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts

 

2005

The Artworkers Award, Artworkers Alliance, Queensland

 

Selected Bibliography

2015

Reid, Melinda. Oblivion, rainforests, and happiness. Exhibition catalogue, Boxcopy, Brisbane, 2015. 

Letourneau, Luke. “The Hanging: My Feet Would Hurt If They Still Existed”. In FBI Radio. 4 December, 2015.

Hurrell, John. “The Pleasures of Movement”. In Eyecontact. 22 July, 2015.

Arozqueta, Claudia. “In Motion”. In Art Agenda. 29 July, 2015. 

 

2014

Tappenden, Alice. “Grant Stevens in Wellington”. In Eyecontact. 9 August, 2014.

Cardy, Tom. “When words collide”. In The Dominion Post, Wellington review Tuesday 1 July, 2014.

McNamara, T.J. “The inadequacies of language”. In NZ Herald. Saturday 19 July, 2014.

Hurrell, John. “Grant Stevens in Auckland”, Eyecontact. 16 July, 2014.

Webb, Penny. “Tapping the heart of glass.” In The Age, Friday 20 June, 2014, p.30.

Frost, Andrew. “It’s Timely review: Australia’s long lost radicalism revisited”. In The Guardian, Friday 2 May, 2014.

Gibb, Susan. “We Used to Talk About Love: Balnaves Contemporary Photomedia”. In Eyeline, Issue 80, 2014, pp.96-97.

Ferrell, Robyn. “Between Cliché and Rapture, We Used to Talk About Love: Balnaves Contemporary Photomedia”. In Eyeline, Issue 80, 2014, p.97.

 

2013

Pagel, David. “A serene state of mind in orbit”. In The Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2013.

Mudie, Ella. “Love might not come easily to art, but…” in RealTime Arts, Issue 114.

Jaspers, Anneke, “Grant Stevens” in We Used to Talk About Love, ex cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp.124-125.

Bullock, Natasha, “We Used to Talk About Love – and Photography” in We Used to Talk About Love, ex cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp.9-35.

Hurrell, John,”Life’s Universal (Hackneyed?) Dilemmas”, Eyecontact.

 

2012

Millner, Jacqueline, Grant Stevens: Seriously, Relax. ex. cat. Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.

 

2011

Kraus, Chris. “Turtles, Torture and Vapour”, in Grant Stevens: Are You Upset With Me?, Institute of Modern Art and Gallery Barry Keldoulis: Brisbane and Sydney, pp. 83-87.

Pennings, Mark. “Cliches, Communication and the Meaning of Existence”, in Grant Stevens: Are You Upset With Me?, Institute of Modern Art and Gallery Barry Keldoulis: Brisbane and Sydney, pp. 7-13.

 

2009

Kent, Rachel, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2009, ex. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Harvey, Nicola, “Word”, Frieze (online), August 2009.

Hurrell, John, “The Edges of Sincerity”, Eyecontact, August, 2009.

Garner, Nick, “Grant Stevens: Interview”, Das Superpaper, Issue 4, March 2009, pp.7-10.

Kelly, Sean. “Some Text Missing”, Artlink, vol. 29, no. 4, 2009.

 

2008

Hogg, Vivian, “Grant Stevens: In conversation”, Eyeline, Issue 67, 2008, pp.16-24.

Frost, Andrew, “Warning: this artist is messing with your head”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 44, April-June 2008, pp. 108–113.

Fitzgerald, Michael, “RIPE: ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award”, Art & Australia, Vol 45, No.3 Autumn 2008 p. 496.

Oliva, Achille Bonito, (2008) Artisti Solitari - Uno Sguardo dal Ponte sul Terzo Millenio, Silvana Editori, Rome, Italy.