Chris Bennie

Monday 29 June to Saturday 11 July, 2015

Chris Bennie is a New Zealand born artist, living and working in Mermaid Beach, Australia.

His artwork has been included in national and international group exhibitions including The National Artists Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2013); Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – Forms That Turn (2008); Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); and Plus Factors, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2006). He is the recipient of the 2014 Clayton Utz Art Award; the 2012 Gold Coast Art Award; the 2013 Swell Sculpture Festival Award; a 2013 Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant (mid-career); and a 2013 Regional Arts Development Fund grant. In 2014 Chris researched tsunami-affected communities and objects in Japan as part of an Asialink Residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo.

In 2006 Chris developed the Moreton Street Spare Room (MSSR), a Brisbane-based Artist Run Initiative in New Farm. The project operated for four years and presented intimate solo exhibitions in a domestic environment and documentary films on Queensland artists. MSSR received funding from Arts Queensland and Brisbane City.

In 2009 his exhibition and exegesis, titled ‘video art’s relationship to authenticity and the Spectacle of contemporary existence’ was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Art at Griffith University. Chris lectures in Fine Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art.

Innerspace
Innerspace is a group exhibition and an exploration of the heavens through the view of reverie, less so comprehension.
Space. It seems to go on and on forever. Then you get to the end, and a monkey starts throwing barrels at you.
Venue: Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Date: 10 July to 15 August, 2015

The Waves + Control Rooms
The Waves + Control Rooms features new work by Brisbane-based mid-career artist Chris Bennie, developed during a recent Asialink Residency at Youkobo Artspace, Japan. This exhibition was programmed by PhotoAccess in partnership with Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
Venue: Photo Access
Date: 2 – 26 July 2015

Chris Bennie Artist Talk
Chris Bennie will discuss his project The Waves + Controls Rooms and their development during his 2014 Asialink Residency in Japan.
Venue: Photo Access
Date: Saturday 4th July, 12pm.
Email to book: claire[at]photoaccess.org.au