PENELOPE CAIN RESUME 2017
Lives and works in Sydney www.penelopecain.com
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
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 2/Laneways
2010: Parklife, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
2009: Meshing on the Grid, MOP Gallery, Sydney
2009: Infestation, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
2009: Sink or Swim: The Screen, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane
2006-2009: Beam, video projections, assorted venues in Canberra CBD, Australia
Selected curated and group exhibitions
2016: The Sulman Prize exhibition, Art Gallery NSW
2016: 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: Postgraduate Degree Show, Sydney College of the Arts, University of 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 Needham
2011: A-to-Z, University of East London Gallery, London
2010: Experimenta Video Program, Australian Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo. Curator Kat Vane-Tempest
2010: Coded, Blacktown Regional Arts Centre. Curator Sophia Kouyoumdijian
2009: Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities, Oakland University Art Gallery, MI, USA.
2008: Shanghai Intrude:366 Shanghai, China, curated by Shen Qibin, Zendai MoMA
2008: Age of Enlightenment, The Quad, Derby, UK. Curator Alfredo Cramerotti
2008: Shadow Boxing, MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Curator Holly Williams
2007: Figuratively Speaking: the Figure in Contemporary Video Art, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia. Curator Simone Jones
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, Italy
2016: Finalist, The Sulman Prize, The Art Gallery of NSW
2015: Finalist, Paramor Art+ Innovation Award, Casula Powerhouse
2014: Finalist, The Blake Prize, Sydney
2013: Finalist, Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award.
2013: Finalist, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney.
2012: Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
I have an ongoing obsession with the urban and city environment and how we experience, negotiate and narrate the built urban environment- the contemporary urban condition.
I am interested in glitches and porosities in the narratives of the city and in my practice I frequently operate within the terrain of the porous, to generate propositional alternative readings to elements and narratives within the urban and city environment. I am attracted by the irrational, the imagined and poorly understood within this landscape.
I also find myself increasingly drawn to concerns about power and the economy within the city and the visible and unseen influence on the urban condition.