PENELOPE CAIN RESUME 2018
2001: Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) (Hons),The Australian National University
Previously completed veterinary science degree, The University of Sydney
2016: MFA awarded, Sydney College of Arts, the University of Sydney.
Selected solo exhibitions
2017: Profiteer Chic, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
2015: Growth at all Costs! A-M Gallery, Sydney
2014: Superdry and Other Panoramas, MOP Projects, Sydney
2011: Cubicle Farming paste-up series, Sydney CBD. Commissioned: City of Sydney for Streetware
2010: Parklife, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
2010: Meshing on the Grid, MOP Gallery, Sydney
2006-2008: Beam, video projections, assorted venues in Canberra CBD, Australia
Selected curated and group exhibitions
2017: PAS artists @ Ideas Platform, Artspace Sydney. Curators Talia Linz + Alexie Glass-Kantor
2017: Glenfiddich Award Exhibition of 5 finalists, Sydney Contemporary
2016: The Sulman Prize exhibition, Art Gallery NSW
2016-2017: Creative Accounting, touring exhibition curated by Holly Williams: touring 8 venues in NSW,
Vic and QLD.
2016: View, Artereal Gallery, curated by Barbara Dowse
2015: Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
2015: Paramor Art + Innovation Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
2014: The Blake Prize Exhibition, Galleries UNSW, Sydney
2014: Fractured Fairytales: Penelope Cain and Barbara Doran, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane.
2012: Dobell Drawing Prize exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
2012: Mostly Agree, Stills Gallery, Sydney. Curated by Josephine Skinner
2011: Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Seoul. Curated by Claire Needham + Sarah Bond.
Toured Seoul, Taiwan and Thailand 2012.
2011: Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art, Launceston, Tas. Curator Clare
2011: A-to-Z, University of East London Gallery, London
2008: Shanghai Intrude:366 Shanghai, China, curated by Shen Qibin, Zendai MoMA
2008: Shadow Boxing, MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Curator Holly Williams
Awards, Scholarships, Grants
2017: Parramatta Studio recipient
2011: Power Institute Award for Artists: Residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris
2010: ArtsNSW grant travel and new work
2008: Australia Council for the Arts skills and arts development award: residency, British School of Rome,
2017: Finalist, Glenfiddich Contemporary Art Prize
2016: Finalist, The Sulman Prize, The Art Gallery of NSW
2015: Finalist, Paramor Art+ Innovation Award, Casula Powerhouse
2014: Finalist, The Blake Prize, Sydney
2012: Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Landscape in its broadest terms is central to my practice.
I have an ongoing interest in urban spatiality and how we individually and culturally experience, negotiate and narrate the built urban environment- the contemporary urban condition.
I am interested in landscapes of the Anthropocene- the current geological era marked by human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. There is a nineteenth century German word that almost predicts this cultural and geographical moment- ‘Kulturelandschaft’- a landscape created by human culture.
I am drawn to the glitches and porosities in spatial narratives, and in my practice I frequently operate within the terrain of the porous, to generate propositional alternative readings to elements and narratives within the built environment and Kulturelandschaft. I am attracted by the irrational, the imagined and poorly understood within this landscape.