Rose Nolan

Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work)
, 2017
Installation view
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Born Melbourne, Australia 1959

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia


Rose Nolan’s practice investigates the formal and linguistic qualities of words and their relationship to architectural space. Adopting the language of abstraction and revolutionary aesthetics, Nolan typically uses a reduced palette of red and white and simple, inexpensive, utilitarian materials to create banners, posters, pamphlets, paintings and large-scale installations. Recalling the heroic and propagandist traditions of constructivism and political postering, her banners also make implicit reference to the vernacular antics and subjective expression of cheer squads, crowds and fans. The banners work back–and-forth, trucking with history and revelling in a sense of the moment, appealing to public memory while ‘flying the flag for abstraction’.

Rose Nolan was a member of the group of artists who formed ‘Store 5’, a loose experimental collective and space based in Melbourne between 1989 and 1993.

Exhibitions include The National 2017; New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017); Let’s Talk About Text, Artbank, Sydney (2017); Fabrik – conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles, Ian Potter Museum of Art – Melbourne University (2016); Image Worth Reading, Key Projects, Long Island City, New York (2015); Taking It All Away: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); The Solo Projects, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne International Arts Festival (2011); Why Do We Do The Things We Do, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); Work in Progress #3, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne (2002).





Rose Nolan

Immodest Gestures & Irrational Thoughts

Daniel Crooks, Angela de la Cruz, Callum Morton, Shaun Gladwell, Song Dong, Rose Nolan, Yin Xiuzhen

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
, Art Basel Hong Kong

Kerrie Poliness, Rose Nolan, Stephen Bram

Poliness, Nolan, Bram
, Carriageworks

Rose Nolan

Performance Architecture

Mutlu Çerkez, Emily Floyd, Marco Fusinato, Mike Parr, Rose Nolan, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Tom Nicholson, Ian Whittlesea, Grant Stevens

, Carriageworks

Rose Nolan

Another Homework Experiment

Rose Nolan

Extra Homework

Stephen Bram, Tony Clark, Marco Fusinato, Kerrie Poliness, Callum Morton, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Kathy Temin

Store 5

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More Rose Nolan

Recent Works

Rose Nolan

LESS IS HARDER (twice over)
, 2017
Acrylic paint on cardboard

23 x 140 x 16cm

Rose Nolan

, 2017
Hessian, acrylic paint and embroidery thread
22 x 41 cm

Rose Nolan

, 2016
Thermally folded laser cut acrylic
26 x 62 x 65 cm

Rose Nolan

Big Words (Not Mine) Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically (Circle Work)
, 2015
Acrylic paint, hessian, steel, Velcro and embroidery thread
310 x 2880 cm, 325 x 358 x 1510 (installed)

Rose Nolan

Immodest Gesture #1 (proposition for a billboard)
, 2015
Halftone screen print on BFK Rives 300 gsm paper
Image size: 63 x 100 cm; Paper size: 80 x 120 cm; Framed size: 91 x 131 cm


Rose Nolan

Why Do We Do The Things We Do
, 2009
Artspace Visual Arts Centre


The National: New Australian Art

From Artforum
by Toni Ross

It’s been nearly twenty years since Sydney hosted a substantial survey exhibition of contemporary Australian art. The National: New Australian Art offers welcome relief from this inexplicable drought, with three key institutions joining forces to showcase new work by fortyeight emerging, midcareer, and established artists, with further editions planned for 2019 and 2021. Although no […]