Helen Johnson

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

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022
Helen Johnson, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (forthcoming)
Helen Johnson, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (forthcoming)

2021
Helen Johnson, Art on the Underground, London, UK (commission)
Pieces of Work, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles, US
Helen Johnson, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (forthcoming)

2019
Agency, Pilar Corrias, London, UK

2018
Warm Ties, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

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, Switzerland
Barron Field, Glasgow International, Director’s Programme, Glasgow, UK

2015
Cafe Fatigue, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The body is through, Laurel Gitlen, New York, US
Slow Learners, Château Shatto, Los Angeles, US

2014
Ex-execs, Minerva, Sydney, Australia
Time Flies, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, Australia
At Once (in collaboration with Adelle Mills), 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney, Australia
Just Paintings (in collaboration with George Egerton Warburton and Hamishi Farah), Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
Problem History, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
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), Australia

2013
Time enough for love, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, Australia
Meantime, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Air to Surface (with Parker Ito), Prism, Los Angeles, US

2012
Dead Metaphor, ACME Project Space, London, UK

2011
System Preferences, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Universal Remote, Y3K Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

2010
An Effort of Memory, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2009
On the Make, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia
Love over Gold, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2007
Do not go gentle into that goodnight, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Some thoughts on interiority, Summer residency presentation, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
Australia in the the Seventies, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia 

2005
Customs and Mods, Galleri Schnauzer, Oslo, Norway
Not to be confused with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, ClubsProject Inc., Melbourne, Australia
The time has come to unlearn almost everything you know, Little Salon, Melbourne, Australia

2004
Like theatre, like perfume they are dreaming of themselves, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
You must have been in strange places, Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
Live at the Obelisk, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2021
No One is an Island, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway
Year in Art: Australia 1992, Tate Modern, London, UK
Carnivalesca: What Painting Might Be, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany

2020
Towards Regrowth, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019
Trouble in Paradise: Collection Rattan Chadha, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
A Cloth Over a Birdcage, Château Shatto, Los Angeles, US 

2018
The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Victoria, Australia
Today Tomorrow Yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2017
The National 2017, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Australian Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
The History Show, Foxy Production, New York, US

2016
Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Tarrawarra, Victoria, Australia

2015
I wish I never kissed that frog, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Of deceit, Greenwood Street Project, Melbourne, Australia
Pleasure and Reality, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Relational Changes, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria
In my absence, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
The Material Turn, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Care, Interstate, New York, US
I refuse to participate in failure, SPREEZ, Munich, Germany

2014
Nine paintings presentation, The Alderman, Melbourne, Australia
Fin, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia
Re-raising Consciousness, TCB, Melbourne, Australia
Sunny and Hilly, Minerva, Sydney, Australia
Sublet, 50 Napier Street, Fitzroy, Australia

2013
Method and Gesture, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Monochrome Exhibition, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, Australia
Mural Problem, Otras Obras, Tijuana, Australia
Decline, Top Shelf, Melbourne, Australia
Third/Fourth, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Wavy Banners Project, ET4U, Vemb, Denmark
Collage: The Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

2012 
Negotiating this world, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013, Regional touring exhibition, various venues, New South Wales, Australia
Ode to Form, Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
Chinatown: the sequel, LTD, Los Angeles, US
Temperament Spectrum, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Of Virgins, Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne, Australia

2011
Art2: Horsham, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Curated by Hannah Mathews), Melbourne, Australia
Subtext, UnProjects at Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
You’re Welcome, Fundraiser for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Mars Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2010
Stick It! Collage in Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Addition/Erasure, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2009
Octopus 9: I forget to forget, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
Octopus 9: I forget to forget, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
Cross Colouring, Hell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Cross Colouring, Gambia Castle, Auckland, New Zealand
Order/Disorder, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2008
Y2K Artist Run Artist Funded Melbourne Biennale, TCB, Melbourne, Australia
Robert and Bobby Creely perform ‘Listen’ (1972 Radio Play), Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia
The Library Project, Frankston City Library, Melbourne, Australia
The Nightclub Project: Everybody’s Free, Billboard for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Skin and Bones, curated by Patrick O’Brien, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The Monobrow Show, Hell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2007
The Independence Project, Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Bridge too Far, Alliance Francaise, Melbourne, Australia
eg., Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2006
Octopus 6: We know who we are, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
Octopus 6: We know who we are, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Australia
New06 (Curated by Juliana Engberg), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Escape Artist-Run Artist Party High Street Project, Christchurch – New Zealand
Great Dividing Range, (Curated by Lisa Byrne), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
Group Show, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS 

2015
Language Face, Minerva, offsite, Melbourne, Australia

2014
WORK, Slopes, Melbourne, Australia

2011
Love in the Mourning, Death be Kind, Melbourne, Australia

2009
New World Records, Sutton Gallery, (with Nick Mangan), Melbourne, Australia

2008
Ugly Heritage, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia
Informal Rituals, TBC, (with Alex Vivian), Melbourne, Australia


2005
Slide, exhibition program 2005, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia

 

EDUCATION

2014
PHD (Fine Art), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2002
BFA Painting (Hons), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

 

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, AND GRANTS

2016
Creative Victoria VicArts Grant

2015
Mollie Holman Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Artist in Residence, Princes Hill Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
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

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, Australia

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