MICHAEL BRENNAN

Michael Brennan is a Melbourne-based artist and gonzo curator of sorts. His work typically focuses on perception, experience and the slippage between plural perspectives and different points-of-view. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the country and his work has been included in a number of significant prizes including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the Metro Art Prize and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2007 Michael was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts studio residency in Tokyo. His work appears in private collections in Australia, Europe and the United States and he is also represented in the Artbank collection.

Education

2008 - 10 Master of Fine Art, Monash University.
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts (Honours) First Class Honours, Deakin University.
1994 - 96 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, Deakin University.

Solo Exhibitions

2010 In-Between Space, Postgraduate Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne.
2008 Me (at the…), Shifted, Melbourne.
2007 One Ring to Rule Them All, Westspace, Melbourne.
2006 99 Red Trolleys, LEG, Sydney.
2004 Perspectives, LEG, Melbourne.
2002 Chiasm, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 of an intimate Nature..., 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1998 Chance Encounters with Nature, Artistcare Gallery, Melbourne.

SELECTED Group Exhibitions

2010 The Outsider, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
  Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne.
2009 Negotiating Space, acga gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  Skin Show, Shifted, Melbourne.
  Hungry for Art, Raw Materials – The Studio, Melbourne.
  Metro Art Prize, Metro Gallery, Melbourne.
  Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne.
2008 Convergence, Shifted, Melbourne.
2007 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  Group/Ungroup, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
2006 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast.
  SubUrban Project, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne.
  Metro 5 Art Prize, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne.
  Williamstown Festival – Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne.
  Exposure, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney.
  What Are You Showing Here For?, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
  Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston.
  Wynne Prize - Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
  Qwest, Short Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria.
  Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize, WCCC, Melbourne.
2003 H2O, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne.
  Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize, WCCC, Melbourne.
  Collected Works, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2001 Flesh, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
  Williamstown Festival, 2001, Melbourne.
  Indulgence, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 Dimensions and Directions, Deakin University, Victoria.
  Smorgon Steel Group Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne.
  Paperwork 5, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 Penultimate, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
  Method and Madness, Deakin University, Victoria.
1996 Exurbia, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2009 Finalist – Metro Art Prize.
  Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize – Local Artist Award.
2007 Australia Council for the Arts, Tokyo Studio Residency.
  Finalist – Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
2006 Finalist – Metro 5 Art Prize.
  Finalist – Conrad Jupiters Art Prize.
2005 Finalist – Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
2005 Finalist – Wynne Prize - Salon des Refuses.
2004 Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize.
1996 National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2006 - 07 Maribyrnong City Council – West Welcomes Refugees Public Art Project.

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2006 LONDON, NEW YORK, FOOTSCRAY, BILLBOARD@TROCADERO, Melbourne.
2005 Footscray – You know what I mean, Double Page spread in Art Almanac, National Distribution.
2005 Footscray – You know what I mean, BILLBOARD@TROCADERO, Melbourne.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2010 The Outsider, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
  Featuring: Aaron Martin, Anne Kucera, Brendan Lee, Caroline Durre, Fabrizio Biviano, Juan Ford, Michael Brennan, Nicholas Ives, Paul Batt, Peta Clancy, Tamsin Green & Yvette Coppersmith.
2009 Negotiating Space, acga gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  Featuring: Andrew Gutteridge, Deb Bain-King, Krisitn McIver, Michael Brennan, Norian Paicu, Patricia Todarello & Paul Batt.
  Skin Show, Shifted, Melbourne.
  Featuring: Andres Uribe-Hidalgo, Anne Kucera, Juan Ford, Michael Brennan, Natalie Ryan & Peta Clancy.
2008 Convergence, Shifted, Melbourne.
  Featuring: Adriane Strampp, Alexandra Sasse, Elif Sezen, Jackie Felstead, Megan Gibbs,
  Michael Brennan, Natalie Ryan, Nina Sellars, Norian Paicu, Paula Mohoney,
2007 Making Space, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
  Featuring: Terence Bogue.
2006 Exposure, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
2005 What Are You Showing Here For? The Unlikely Connection, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Articles and Reviews

Nelson, R., ‘A Small Measure of Menace’, The Age, May 7 2008, p. 19.
Clarke, N., ‘Garret Material’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 203, September 2007.
Nelson, R., ‘Cultural forgetting takes new shape with barbarous materials’, The Age, May 9 2007, p. 14.
Crawford, A., ‘Art Around the Galleries’, The Age: A2, May 5 2007, p. 20.
‘May Salon’, Trouble, May 2007, p. 28.
Clement, T., ‘A La Cart’, The Sydney Morning Herald: Metro, August 4 2006, p. 23.
‘Profiles: Michael Brennan – 99 Red Trolleys’ Art Almanac, August 2006, p. 196.
Merz, M., ‘Space to Grow’, The Herald-Sun, August 3 2005, p. 61.
Backhouse, M., ‘Mixed Media’, The Age, July 27 2005, p. 19.
Makin, J., ‘Critic’s Choice – Michael Brennan: Perspectives’, The Herald-Sun, October 25 2004, p. 88.
‘Profiles: Michael Brennan - Perspectives’, Art Almanac, August 2004, p. 147.
Xuereb, M., ‘Brennan’s Unique Vantage Point’, Star, 20 April 2004, p. 10.
Mittas, D., ‘H2O’, Six 9ine, Issue 6, March 2004, p. 4.
Rickard, H., ‘Profile 60: Michael Brennan’, Six 9ine, Issue 6, March 2004, p. 8.
Berry, M., ‘The Art of the Gallery Trail’, Mornington Peninsula Visitor’s Guide, Autumn-Winter, 2003, p. 60.
‘Chiasm’, Inpress Magazine, Issue 730, September 18, 2002, p. 36.
‘Arts Business Mentorship Program 2002: Catherine van Wilgenberg & Michael Brennan’, The Newsletter of Arts & Recreation Training Victoria, September, 2002, p. 4.

Various Local Newspapers, 2000-08.

Books and Catalogues

Artbank, Artbank: National Contemporary Art Rental, March 2008, p. 11.
Haylock, B., et. al., Making Space, VIA-n, 2007, p. 104 & 214..
Clement, T., Michael Brennan: Pop Culture Prophet, Catalogue Essay: One Ring to Rule Them All,
Westspace, April 2007.
The 2004 John Leslie Art Prize, catalogue 2004.

Electronic Media

Wyzenbeek, T., Artscape: IOU Lloyd Rees, ABC TV, 19 February 2008.
Frost, A., A Year in the Art Life, ABC TV, 13 November 2007.
Kernebone, F., ‘Artist Run Spaces’, Sunday Arts, ABC TV, 20 May 2007.
StreetLife Project: Finding Footscray, Footscray Found, Victorian Government & Maribyrnong City Council,
DVD, 30min., 2006.

Authored Work

‘Skin Show’, catalogue essay, October 2009.
‘Around Oz: Victoria’, NAVA Quarterly, June 2006, p. 17.