Helen Johnson

Born 1979 in Melbourne, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Agency, Pilar Corrias, London – UK

2018

Warm Ties, Artspace, Sydney — AU

2017

Ends, New Museum, New York – US

Warm Ties, Chapter, Cardiff – UK

Warm Ties, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London – UK

2016

Keep your voice low and you can win any point, Art Basel Statements, Basel – CH

Barron Field, Glasgow International, Director’s Programme, (Curated by Sarah McCrory), Glasgow – UK

2015

Cafe Fatigue, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne – AU

The body is through, Laurel Gitlen, New York – US

Slow Learners, Château Shatto, Los Angeles – US

2014

Ex-execs, Minerva, Sydney – AU

Time Flies, Sutton Projects, Melbourne – AU

At Once (in collaboration with Adelle Mills), 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney – AU

Just Paintings (in collaboration with George Egerton Warburton and Hamishi Farah), Westspace, Melbourne – AU

Problem History, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne – AU

I can spare what you asked for, flag for the Westgate Bridge, in association with Melbourne Now at the NGV (in collaboration with Brook Andrew, Jon Campbell and Kate Daw) – AU

2013

Time enough for love, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne – AU

Meantime, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne – AU

Air to Surface (with Parker Ito), Prism (Curated by Liv Barrett), Los Angeles – US

2012

Dead Metaphor, ACME Project Space, London – UK 2011

System Preferences, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne – AU

Universal Remote, Y3K Gallery, Melbourne – AU

2010

An Effort of Memory, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne – AU

2009

On the Make, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne – AU

Love over Gold, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne – AU

2007

Do not go gentle into that goodnight, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne – AU

 

Some thoughts on interiority, Summer residency presentation, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany – DE

Australia in the the Seventies, Joint Hassles, Melbourne – AU

2005

Customs and Mods, Galleri Schnauzer, Oslo – NO

Not to be confused with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (in collaboration with Kylie Forbes), ClubsProject Inc., Melbourne – AU

The time has come to unlearn almost everything you know, Little Salon, Melbourne – AU

2004

Like theatre, like perfume they are dreaming of themselves, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne – AU

You must have been in strange places, Westspace, Melbourne – AU

Live at the Obelisk, Bus Gallery, Melbourne – AU

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Trouble in Paradise: Collection Rattan Chadha, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam – NL

2018

The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Victoria – AU

2017

The National 2017, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney — AU

2016

Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Curated by Annika Kristensen), Hannah Mathews and Max Delany, Melbourne – AU

TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art (Curated by Helen Hughes/Discipline magazine and Victoria Lynn), Tarrawarra, Victoria – AU

2015

I wish I never kissed that frog, Jeanine Hofland (curated by Sjoerd Kloosterhuis), Amsterdam – NL

Of deceit, Greenwood Street Project, organised by Tomislav Nickolic, Melbourne – AU

Pleasure and Reality, National Gallery of Victoria, curated by Jane Devery and Serena Bently, Melbourne – AU

Relational Changes, Christine König Galerie, curated by Valentin Ruhry and Andy Boot, Vienna – AT

In my absence, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Curated by Dorothea Jendricke), Paris – FR

June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London – UK

The Material Turn, Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Curated by Rebecca Coates), Melbourne – AU

Care, Interstate (Curated by Dana Kopel and Marian Tubbs), New York – US

I refuse to participate in failure, SPREEZ (Curated by Philipp Reitsam), Munich – DE

2014

Nine paintings presentation, The Alderman, curated by Renee Cosgrave and Merryn Lloyd, Melbourne – AU

Fin, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne – AU

Re-raising Consciousness,TCB (Curated by Fayen Devie, Katherine Hattam and Harriet Morgan), Melbourne – AU

Sunny and Hilly, Minerva, Sydney – AU

Sublet, 50 Napier Street (Curated by Matthew Linde and Brennan Olver), Fitzroy – AU

2013

Method and Gesture, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne – AU

Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – AU

Monochrome Exhibition, Sutton Projects (Curated by David Homewood), Melbourne – AU

Mural Problem, Otras Obras (Curated by Fiona Connor), Tijuana – AU

Decline, Top Shelf (Curated by Harriet Kate Morgan), Melbourne – AU

Third/Fourth, Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Curated by Christopher L G Hill), Melbourne – AU

Wavy Banners Project, ET4U (Curated by Karen Havskov Jensen and Klavs Weiss), Vemb – DK

Collage: The Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne – AU

2012

Negotiating this world, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – AU

Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013, Regional touring exhibition, various venues, New South Wales – AU

Ode to Form, Westspace (Curated by Kelly Fliedner), Melbourne – AU

Chinatown: the sequel, LTD (Curated by Liv Barrett), Los Angeles– US

Temperament Spectrum, Sutton Gallery (Curated by Liza Statton), Melbourne– AU

Of Virgins, Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne – AU

2011

Art2: Horsham, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Curated by Hannah Mathews), Melbourne – AU

Subtext, UnProjects at Westspace, Melbourne – AU

You’re Welcome, Fundraiser for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Mars Gallery, Melbourne – AU

2010

Stick It! Collage in Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, (Curated by Alisa Bunbury), Melbourne – AU

Addition/Erasure, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne – AU

2009

Octopus 9: I forget to forget (Curated by Stephen Gilchrist), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra – AU

Cross Colouring (Curated by Harriet Morgan & Sean Bailey), Hell Gallery, Melbourne – AU;

Gambia Castle, Auckland – NZ

Order/Disorder, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne – AU

2008

Y2K Artist Run Artist Funded Melbourne Biennale (Curated by Christopher L G Hill), TCB, Melbourne – AU

Robert and Bobby Creely perform ‘Listen’ (1972 Radio Play), (Curated by Harriet Morgan), Joint Hassles, Melbourne – AU

The Library Project, coordinated by Pat Foster and Jen Berean for Frankston City Library, Melbourne – AU

The Nightclub Project: Everybody’s Free, Billboard for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne – AU

Skin and Bones, curated by Patrick O’Brien, Bus Gallery, Melbourne – AU

The Monobrow Show, Hell Gallery, Melbourne – AU

2007

The Independence Project (Curated by Alexie Glass), Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur – MY

A Bridge too Far (Curated by Jacqui Doughty), Alliance Francaise, Melbourne – AU

eg. (Curated by Bryony Nainby), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart – AU

2006

Octopus 6: We know who we are, (Curated by Zara Stanhope), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale – AU

New06 (Curated by Juliana Engberg), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne – AU

Escape Artist-Run Artist Party, (Curated by Christopher Hill), High Street Project, Christchurch – NZ

Great Dividing Range, (Curated by Lisa Byrne), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra – AU

Group Show (Curated by Sean Bailey and Harriet Morgan), Joint Hassles, Melbourne – AU 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2015

Language Face, Minerva, offsite, Melbourne – AU

2014

WORK, Slopes, Melbourne – AU

2011

Love in the Mourning, Death be Kind, Melbourne – AU

2009

New World Records, Sutton Gallery, (with Nick Mangan), Melbourne – AU

2008

Ugly Heritage, Joint Hassles, Melbourne – AU

Informal Rituals, TBC, (with Alex Vivian), Melbourne– AU

2005

Slide, exhibition program 2005, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne – AU

 

EDUCATION

2014

PHD (Fine Art), Monash University, Melbourne

2002

BFA Painting (Hons), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

 

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, AND GRANTS

2016

Creative Victoria VicArts Grant

2015

Mollie Holman Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, Monash University, Melbourne

2014

Artist in Residence, Princes Hill Primary School, Melbourne

 

Australian War Memorial ANZAC Centenary Print Portfolio Commission

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Australian Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts (with Adelle Mills)

2012

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

London Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts

2011

Artspace residency, Sydney

2009

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2008

Australian Postgraduate Award

2007

Residency, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway

Summer Residency, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Arts Development (Creation) Grant, Arts Victoria

Ripe Award for Emerging Artists, Art and Australia/NAVA

2006

Arts Development (Presentation) Grant, Arts Victoria

2005

Residency, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Dale, Norway

Travel Grant, Ian Potter Cultural Trust

2004

Studio residency, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

 

PUBLISHED WRITING

2016

Contribution to Artists Writing, 2000–2015, Jennifer Liese (ed.), New York: Paper Monument 

Critical Ambiguity: A Kantian Reading of Recent Work by Juan Davila,’ Discipline, Issue #4, March

‘Portfolio: Helen Johnson,’ Frieze Online, August 2016 https://frieze.com/article/portfolio- helen-johnson

2015

‘Helen Grace’ – contribution to Frieze Masters: Artists’ Artists, Jennifer Higgie (ed.) Painting is a critical form (book), published by 3Ply, Melbourne

I paint the ground that is beneath my feet – catalogue essay for Ann Debono at Caves, Melbourne

Porosity, machine, subtraction, substitution: on the formal address to politics in works by Brighid Fitzgerald, Rosie Isaac, Nicholas Mangan and Tom Nicholson – with Justin Clemens, Un Magazine, Pip Wallis (ed.), Autumn

 

Introductory essay for NEW15 catalogue (curated by Matt Hinkley), ACCA, Melbourne

Cover image for Little Star weekly, January 23

2014

Kippenberger aus Australien – Catalogue text for Martin Kippenberger (curated by Geoff Newton), Neon Parc, Melbourne

Contribution to ‘8 Painters on Painting’ (Jennifer Higgie), Frieze Issue #160, January, February

The Now is Not Present, Catalogue essay for Damiano Bertoli, Continuous Moment: Sordid’s Hotel at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2013

Memory is not a recording device: On Eliza Hutchison’s ‘Hair in the Gate, a biograph’, Un Magazine, Jarrod Rawlins (ed.), Spring

Is the research your practice, or is the practice your research?, Un Magazine, Jarrod Rawlins (ed.), Autumn

‘Exinterior: On Stanislaw Lem’, Science Fiction/World Making, Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes (eds.), Surpllus, Melbourne

‘Lend me your ear: On Hany Armanious’s “Fountain”’, Discipline, issue 3

Fiona Connor: Bare Use, catalogue contribution for Fiona Connor at Hopkinson Cundy, Frieze Art Fair, New York

2012

‘It seems like everybody knows everybody already so let’s get to work’, Un Magazine, Summer

‘On contemporary art and criticality’, paper presented at the Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand

‘Scott Mitchell: A silent modification of the specific present’, Un Magazine, Autumn

‘Mira Gojak: A moment an immeasurable whole’, Discipline, issue 2, Autumn

2011

‘Review: Christoph Menke, Daniel Loick, Isabelle Graw, ‘“The Power of Judgment: A Debate on Aesthetic Critique”’, Discipline, issue 1, Winter

Artist’s pages, Discipline, issue 1, Winter

‘Groundwork’, Subtext: Artists and Writing, UnProjects for Westspace, Melbourne

‘Treason and Crime’, Reason and Rhyme, catalogue essay, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, and St Paul St, Auckland

Act Natural, catalogue essay for Annika Koops’s exhibition of the same name, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

The Gift and the Curse, catalogue essay for Drew Pettifer’s exhibition of the same name, various venues, Melbourne

2009

New World Records, catalogue essay, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Nathan, catalogue contribution for Attack Decay Sustain Release by Nathan Gray, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

2008

Gone Bush, catalogue contribution for A Time Like This, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

Kate Smith, artist page for Un Magazine, Issue 2.2

The Superpit, catalogue essay for Brodie Ellis’ exhibition of the same name, Conical, Melbourne

Happy Days, review, Jason Heller and Lucreccia Quintanilla for The South Project Strange 4 (cover image), postgraduate journal of creative writing, The University of Melbourne

2007

‘Seeing things in black and white: Deutsher and Hill’, Whitehot Contemporary Art Magazine, issue 7, October

 

‘Door Slamming Festival at Mehringdamm 72’, Whitehot Contemporary Art Magazine, issue 4, May

Black River (illustrations), published by Re:Press, Melbourne

Omnipraxis, catalogue essay for Omnipresents by Christopher L G Hill, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018

Steve Dow, “The Brutal Art,” Art Guide Australia, January 2018

2016

Akkermans, Ari – Barron Field (cat.), Glasgow International, April

Cashdan, Marina and Gottschalk, Molly – ‘The 20 Best Booths at Art Basel,’ Artsy, June 15 (https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-20-best-booths-at-art-basel)

Judah, Hettie – ‘Female Artists Take Centre Stage at Glasgow International 2016,’ Artnet News, April 8 (https://news.artnet.com/art-world/female-artists-shine-glasgow- international-469415)

Knezic, Sophie – ‘5th Tarra Warra Biennial,’ Frieze Issue #182, October

Milne, Pippa – ‘Helen Johnson,’ Vault, Issue 13, February

Thorne, Harry – ‘Critic’s Guide: Glasgow,’ Frieze online, 13 April (https://www.frieze.com/article/critics-guide-glasgow )

Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, London: Phaidon

2015

Berardini, Andrew - ‘Critics’ Picks: Helen Johnson, Château Shatto,’ Artforum online, January 2015 (http://artforum.com/picks/id=49943)

Hessami, Aryana – ‘Helen Johnson,’ Foundations, Issue #3

Knezic, Sophie – ‘Helen Johnson’ (review: Cafe Fatigue) – Frieze Issue #175, November – December

Matorin, David – Reviews in Brief: Helen Johnson, Château Shatto, Modern Painters Vol. 27, Issue 5, May

Rainforth, Dylan – ‘Review: Helen Johnson,’ Artguide, November 2015 (http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/helen-johnson-2/)

Smith, Roberta – ‘Review: Kate Newby and Helen Johnson at Laurel Gitlen,’ The New York Times, July 16

Wullschlager, Jackie – ‘Critics’ Choice, June: A Painting Show’, FT Weekend, 06– 07 June, p. 17

2014

Butler, Rex – ‘Modernism: More Popular Than Populism,’ Broadsheet 43.4, Spring

Loughnan, Melissa – ‘Paintings about Painting’ (interview), The Blackmail, offline issue #3, Spring

Mills, Adelle – Foggy shields are breathing poem to accompany Ex-execs at Minerva, May

Rule, Dan – Review: Just Paintings, The Age, ‘Your weekend: In the galleries,’ May 3

2013

Edgar, Ray, Unfurling Flags, The Age, November 29

Frost, Andrew, What can nostalgia bring to contemporary art? The Guardian online, July 31 (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/australia-culture- blog/2013/jul/31/nostalgia-

contemporary- art-culture)

Martin, Adrian – Volumetric: Helen Johnson (cat. entry for Ode to Form), Westspace

Radford, Lisa, ‘de for,’ review: Decline at Top Shelf Gallery, Stamm http://www.stamm.com.au/de-for/ September/October issue

Rainforth, Dylan, Let Love Emerge, The Age, ‘Space: Around the Galleries’ November 6

Rule, Dan, Helen Johnson: Time Enough For Love, The Age, ‘In the Galleries’ November 23

Rule, Dan, Monochrome Exhibition, The Age, ‘In the Galleries’ September 7

Rule, Dan, REVIEW: Helen Johnson – Meantime, Raven, July 18 (https://www.ravencontemporary.com.au/helen-johnson-meantime/)

Rule, Dan, Helen Johnson: Meantime, The Age, ‘In the Galleries’ July 6

Nelson, Roger (interview) – Hovering uneasily close to sea level, Das Superpaper #27, pp. 66-69, June

Waite, Julia, Meantime (cat.), June

Wise, Kit, Review: Helen Johnson, Frieze Issue #159, November – December

2012

Gellatly, Kelly (ed.), 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, National Gallery of Victoria

McSpedden, Shelley, Game Changer: Helen Johnson – New Painterly Strategies, Eyeline, pp. 48-41, Issue #76

Razer, Helen, Deflowering the authorised history of the Virgin, The Age, June 13 (http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/deflowering-the- authorised- history-of-the-virgin-20120612-207y5.html)

Sutton, Irene et al., Sutton Gallery: The first twenty-one years 1992-2012, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Time and Vision: Australia Council for the Arts London Residencies 1992-2002, Acme Studios, London

Triguboff, Eleonora (ed.) – Art & Australia Collection/Awards/Projects, Art & Australia

2011

Rule, Dan, Helen Johnson: System Preferences, The Age, June 25, ‘Life & Style’ p. 5

2009

Clemens, Justin, Love over Gold (cat.), Sutton Gallery, June

Gardner, Anthony, About Between Towards Despite Because: On Helen Johnson’s Makings (cat.), Utopian Slumps, November

Gilchrist, Stephen, I Forget to Forget (cat.), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces

Goh, Leon interviewing Glichrist, Stephen, Forgetting is not an option, Runway, Issue 15, Summer

Nelson, Robert, Moulding with the Imagination, The Age, p. 19, August 19

Rainforth, Dylan, Visual Art (What’s on), The Age, p. 19, June 10

2008

Gibson, Prue, Five female artists to watch in 2008, Vogue Australia, January

2007

Alemani, Cecilia, Present/Future (cat.), Artissima 07, Turin, Italy, November

Backhouse, Meaghan, In galleries, it’s show time, The Age A2, January 20

Clemens, Justin, A Law That Cannot Be Enforced, The Monthly, March

Clemens, Justin & Delaney, Max, Of tents and tenets: some relations between art and politics, Art & Australia, Autumn

Das Individuum und die kapitalistische Gesellschaft (The individual and the capitalist society), Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, West Germany, 27 July

Day, Charlotte, A Plan for Living (cat.), for Artissima 07, November

Fitzgerald, Michael, Helen Johnson, Art & Australia, Summer

Heron, Nicholas, Do not go gentle into that goodnight (cat.), Sutton Gallery

Palmer, Daniel, Emerging Artists, Frieze, p. 137, Issue 104 January – February

Zwischen Träumen und subtiler Kritik (Between dreams and subtle critique), Ruhr

Nachrichten, West Germany, 27 July

2006

Backhouse, Meaghan, Windows into Johnson’s world, The Age, March 21

Benedictus, Luke, A Shot of the New, Preview (The Sunday Age), March 26

Engberg, Juliana, New06 (cat.), The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, March

Green, Charles, Critics’ Picks: Melbourne: New06, Art Forum Online, March

Macdonald, Anna, Everyday Translations (cat.), New06, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, March

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