Brendan Lee is an Australian artist working in the mediums of video installation and photography

Lee's art looks at the associations that are made between notions of place, film and history. He explores the relationships between the filmic memory of significant cinematic locations and how we interact with their historical weighing. In the last few years, Lee has focused on Australian film history and folklore in how we identify and differentiate ourselves culturally from other regions. Through constructed and discovered film locations, Lee presents open ended questions about identity through filmic narrative and tropes. Lee's current videos aestheticize cinematic genres and portray the underbelly of australian culture represented via film.

Recent works

Recent exhibitions include Proving Ground, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2007; Two Birds With One Stone, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006; The Beautiful Badlands, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne 2006; Shootin’ from The Hip, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); Takin’ a Shot, The Institute for Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane 2005; …Matter of Time, Video-Spell curated by Blair French, Performance Space, Sydney 2004. He was the guest editor of Photofile 74 and has written for un Magazine and Artlink. Lee recently completed an Australia Council residency in Los Angeles and will be exhibiting in a major survey of Australian moving image artists at the Tate Modern in February 2009.

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selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Proving Ground, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla
2009 The Sentimental Blokes, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
  Great Southern Land ,The Academy Gallery, Launceston
2008 Standing on the Outside Looking In Shifted, Richmond, AUSTRALIA
  Out of Character Trocadero, Footscray
2007 Save Braybrook, DIY Project for the Footscray Community Arts Centre
  Between a Rock, Bendigo Art Gallery
2006 Two Birds with One Stone, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  Anthology, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne
2005 Takin’ a Shot. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
  Takin’ a Shot. Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane
  Shootin’ from the Hip. Perth Institute for Contemporary Art
  Role Model. Crossley & Scott, Melbourne
2004 Takin' a Shot. Downtown, Adelaide
  Shootin' from the Hip Crossley & Scott, Melbourne
  Shootin' from the Hip (photographic version). The Farm, Brisbane
  a matter of Time, Video Spell 3 Performance Space, Sydney
2003 a matter of time Gertrude contemporary Art Spaces
  Death is a matter of time, Canberra Contemporary Art Space
2002 …numbers up BUS Gallery Melbourne
2001 Cut to the Chase, 1st Floor Gallery
  Vault of the Third Kind, Slide, 200 Gertrude Street
  ANGER, TCB artinc.
  Apprehension of Immediate Danger Westspace
2000 Syntax 7.04 Centre For Contemporary Photography
  Syntax 3.0, Sherman Galleries
1998 Syntactic Subjection Slapo Video Gallery
  Kaboom Slapo video Gallery
1997 Lightboxes, Tivoli Gallery, Bourke Street, Melbourne

selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Tyre Kickers, Session, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
  Two Birds with One Stone (abridged) Palimpsest Festival, Wentworth Goal NSW
  Proving Ground, Figuring Landscapes curated by Catherine Elwes, Tate Modern London
2008 Shootin’ from the Hip, The Mirror Stage, Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus
  Between a Rock (photographs) Team Australia, Curated by Veronica Tello, Carlton Hotel, Melbourne
  Out of the Blue RE:CONNECT, Level 17 Artspace Melbourne
  Proving Ground, Between a Rock Neo Goth: back in black University of Queensland Art Museum
  Two Birds with One Stone Australian Gothic: Video Art Now, Curated by Dr Shaun Wilson, PICA
  Shootin’ from the Hip Contemporary Australian video, Institute for Contemporary Art, London
  The Beautiful Badlands excerpt 2008,World One Minutes, Today Art Museum Beijing
  To Catch a Thief, Don’t Steal Tricks, Revolving Doors, Uplands, Melbourne
  The Beautiful Badlands 2008 version, Proving Ground, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, curated by Helen Frajman, Curtain House Melbourne
  Out of the Blue Post Cinema curated by Shaun Wilson, Project Space, Melbourne
  Proving Ground Circlework version Videobrasil, Sao Paulo
2007 The Beautiful Badlands, The Vernacular Terrain, QUT Museum, Brisbane
  Proving Ground, NEW07, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
  Out of the Blue Tracks 1, 2, 3 4, Figuratively Speaking, curated by Simone Jones, The Block, Brisbane
  Out of the Blue Tracks 1, 2, PROJECTOR Curated by Kate Murphy, Broadstone Gallery, Dublin
2006 Shootin’ from the Hip, Plain Crash, Vidi_festival06, Valencia, Spain
  Plain Crash, SynCity curated by Mark Titmarsh, ACP, Sydney
  Art Vs Hollywood curated by Joanna Callaghan, London
  The Patriot Act, 18th St Art Complex, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
  Shootin’ from the Hip, Plane Crash, Role Model, Out of the Blue ARCO, Spain
  Out of the Blue Tracks 1, 2, The Late Sessions curated by Soda Jerk, George St Cinemas, Sydney
2005 Shootin’ from the Hip, Make a Scene, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
  Shootin’ from the Hip: Exito version, A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
  PG+13 Trocadero, Melbourne
  Mythologies of Film & A Plain Video, Scott Donovan, Sydney
  Sprog Learns that his Future has been Cancelled, Half Life Kings ARI
  Cut the Chase (redux)Pitch Yout Own Tent, Monash University Museum of Art
  A Plain Crash,'A portable model of...' curated by Tristian Koenig Plimsoll Gallery Hobart
2004 Mythologies of Film, EFOS04, ACMI Melbourne & Artspace Korea
  Death Time. One Minutes, Salto Television, Amsterdam
  Human Resources, OutTAKEout, Kiosk, Christchurch. New Zealand
  Shootin' from the Hip; Gran Exito Version. 80X80. Athens
  Shootin' from the Hip; Gran Exito Version, Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne
  Mythologies of Film. Next wave. Scratch Video. Melbourne
2003 OFTENON Sydney International Film Festival curated program by Scott Donovan and Brent Grayburn
  Death is a Matter of Time, Nth Art Exhibit01, Ols & Co Gallery, London
  SKIDS, Entertainment, Chewing the Phat, Phatspace, Sydney
  SHOOT ME, Art + Film, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
  … Two Birds with One Stone (preview), Royal Rumble. Kings artist – run initiative Melbourne
  Mythologies of Film #1 Wall Candy curated by Greg Defteros, Conical, Melbourne
  Game Over Man Bong On 02, BUS, Melbourne
2001 PursuitTouching at the Parabolica, Latrobe St Gallery
2000 Hits & The Automated Attendant, Immersed- curated by Natasha Bullock, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
  Line of sight,Platform 2, the space in - between group show
  Syntax 5, DLUX Media Arts, D>Art00, Sydney
  Bubblegum Crisis, TCB Melbourne
1999 Greatest Hits Inconspicuos Ivanhoe Girls Grammar
  One of fifty, Summer Salon, CCP Melbourne
1998 Syntactic Subjection RMIT Honours Show Gallery 101 Annex. Collins, Street Melbourne
  Kaboom version 2, I.D, Serial Art video installation, Melbourne Festival, Myer
  Kaboom/ Theorists,Plummet, Melbourne Fringe Festival
  3D photograph, Glen Eira photographic prize
  Serial Art HMV Records, Bourke Street Mall,
  The Two Minutes, First Site Gallery Swanston Street, Melbourne
1997 iMmersion Type 2 Span Gallery,Flinders Lane Melbourne
  Reactives First Site Gallery Swanston Street Melbourne Digital work on paper with Sean Kavanagh
1993 Sound Sculpture, Buniyong Hotel


2007 Footscray Community Art Centre, DIY project
2005 Australia Council Los Angeles Studio
2002 City of Melbourne projects grant, PROJEKT VIDEO CATALOGUE
1999 Ilford Prize for Digital Excellence, Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography
1998 RMIT Union Arts grant recipient


2009 Australia? With Kristian Haggblom, Mildura Arts Centre
2005 END, HALF-LIFE, NO RETURN, RISK Kings ARI, Melbourne
2004 VIDEOLA, 30 Years of Australian Video Art, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
PROJEKT#NEXT WAVE, SpaceMent, Melbourne
P# Contemporary Australian Video Art. The Physics Room. Christchurch. New Zealand
2003 PROJEKT VIDEO ARCHIVES, Issues #1 - #6 outTAKEout, Kings artist - run space
Melbourne ENTERTAINMENT, Phatspace, Sydney
ART + FILM, with Natasha Bullock, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne
Royal Rumble, with Frank Guarino. Kings artist – run space.
1997 Tivoli Gallery Program co-ordinator, RMIT, Melbourne


Dylan Rainforth, Taking a crack at Aussie blokes, The Age July 1, 2009
Veronica Tello, Team Australia Catalogue, December 08
Dylan Rainforth, Rear Window or Front Projection? unMagazine 2.1, 2008
Footscray Star Newspaper, May 2007
Victoria Kyriakopoulos, The Age, March 2007
Tony Birch New 07 Catalogue 2007
Broadsheet NEW07
Sebastian Smee, The Australian, March 2007
Ashley Crawford, The Age, August 2006
Megan Backhouse, Cover + feature, Art Gallery Guide. Jan 2005
Robert Cook, ‘Shootin’ from the Hip’ in Art Papers, 2004
Penny Web, Critics Choice, The Age, July 2004
Andrew Frost, The Next Generation, Australian Art Collector, April 2004
Dominique Angeloro, Critic's Choice, Sydney Morning Herald, March 12 2004
Maria Bilske, A New Era for Collectors, Australian Art Collector, Jan 2004
Barbara Bolt, Video Hard Sell, RealTime, March 2004
Daniel Edwards, The art of in-between, RealTime October 2003
Cath Collins, Exploring our relationship with film – through art. Arts Hub, August 2003
Lucinda Strahan, Glam Art, The Age, August 2003
Robert Nelson, Telltale Interactions, The Age, July 2003
Adrian Martin, ART+FILM catalogue essay.
Gavin Findlay, An eye on mortality, RealTime, May 2003
Greg Deftereos, Wall Candy Catalogue essay, 2003
Lily Hibberd, Take a Hard Look at the Evidence, …Numbers Up catalogue, 2002
Daniel Palmer, Brendan Lee: the cinema-computer experience, RealTime 2002
Paul Gray, Anger is all the rage, Herald Sun, September 2001
Blair French Video goes big time: some crucial questions, RealTime, 2003
John Safran, Catalogue essay, ANGER, September 2001
Technologies in the sector, Museum National, August 2000
Paul Gray, Fleshing out art, Herald Sun, June 2000
Natasha Bullock, Immersed: the contemporary body object, 2000


Vital Signs forum speaker, ACMI
VDO Speaker, Queensland College of Art
Guest speaker, UTAS, Hobart
Guest speaker, RMIT, Melbourne
Un Magazine committee member
Guest Editor Photofile Issue 74
Affordable Art Fair Melbourne
Melbourne City Council, Public Art consultant, Laneways Project
DLux d>art emerging screen selection panel (with Angelica Mesiti)
Contemporary Art Gallery Forum, Linden
What is Video Art? Lecture, Christchurch University
Melbourne International Film Festival, ART+FILM forum
Producer of 13 episodes of Screentalk, For Public Hangings on Channel 31
Co-ordinator of Kings Artist Run Initiative gallery space in Melbourne (ongoing)