Rose Nolan

Biography

Born Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia 1959
Lives and works in Melbourne

Rose Nolan works across paint­ing, instal­la­tion, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy, prints and book pro­duc­tion. Her prac­tice reg­u­lar­ly oscil­lates between the inti­mate and the mon­u­men­tal, often informed by a strong inter­est in archi­tec­ture, inte­ri­or and graph­ic design – com­bin­ing for­mal con­cerns with the lega­cies of mod­ernism. Nolan’s prac­tice is known for its atten­tion to the for­mal and lin­guis­tic qual­i­ties of words, using lan­guage to trans­form archi­tec­tur­al space. By mak­ing lan­guage con­crete, mean­ing is asserted.


Nolan typ­i­cal­ly employs a rad­i­cal­ly reduced palette of red and white, and sim­ple util­i­tar­i­an mate­ri­als and meth­ods, in an explo­ration of per­son­al, play­ful and often self-effac­ing nar­ra­tives. Each work describes a con­cern for econ­o­my; a desire to be respon­sive to site; an inter­est in seri­al­i­ty and rep­e­ti­tion; and the impor­tance of lan­guage, inter­ac­tiv­i­ty, and the expe­ri­ence of the viewer.

Pub­lic col­lec­tions includ­e: NGA Can­ber­ra; NGV, Mel­bourne; AGN­SW, Syd­ney; AGSA, Ade­laide; MCA, Syd­ney; Hei­de MOMA, Mel­bourne; and Monash Uni­ver­si­ty Muse­um of Art.

Urban art com­mis­sions include Screen Works – ENOUGH-NOW/EVEN/­­MORE-SO’, Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket, City of Mel­bourne (2021); GIVE OR TAKE’, Monash Uni­ver­si­ty Library Caulfield Cam­pus (2017); A Big Word – HEL­LO’ (The Hel­lo House in col­lab­o­ra­tion with OOF! Archi­tec­ture), Mel­bourne (2014); It’s Okay to Be Alright’, Mel­bourne Art Trams (2013) and It’s Hard to See What This All Means’, Site One, Dock­lands, Mel­bourne (2006).


CV

Bib­li­og­ra­phy

Exhibitions

Oliv­er Beer, Angela de la Cruz, Emi­ly Floyd, Jan Nel­son, Rose Nolan, Chi­haru Shio­ta, David Noo­nan, Taryn Simon

IN HOUSE

17th February – 30th April 2024
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

Work­ing Models

18th March – 15th April 2023
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

White Trash Con­struct­ed Work (1995)

4th – 3rd December 2022
Guzzler

Rose Nolan

YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW

Rose Nolan

Par­lour Games

30th October – 18th December 2021
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

Wall Work

18th February – 13th March 2021
Conners Conners

Rose Nolan

A Sin­gu­lar Impulse

28th August – 29th September 2018
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

Immod­est Ges­tures & Irra­tional Thoughts

7th October – 14th November 2015
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Ker­rie Poli­ness, Rose Nolan, Stephen Bram

Poli­ness, Nolan, Bram

20th September – 1st November 2014
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks

Rose Nolan

Per­for­mance Architecture

16th May – 6th July 2013
Anna Schwartz Gallery

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

WORD

4th July – 8th August 2009
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks

Rose Nolan

Anoth­er Home­work Experiment

14th May – 20th June 2009
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

Why Do We Do The Things We Do

9th May – 7th June 2008
Artspace

Rose Nolan

Extra Home­work

8th – 30th July 2005
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Rose Nolan

More Rose Nolan

7th – 28th March 2002
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Available Works

Rose Nolan

Big Words — One thing after anoth­er one thing leads to another, 2023 — 2024
Acrylic paint, cardboard
18cm x 250cm x 30cm
Pho­to: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Rose Nolan

Home-Sweet-Home House Museum , 2023
Acrylic paint, card­board, found pack­ag­ing, exhi­bi­tion invitation
392429 cm

Rose Nolan

New Age / Care Facility , 2023
Acrylic paint, card­board, found pack­ag­ing, poster roll
441431 cm

Rose Nolan

SOSO, 2020
Acrylic paint, cardboard
2 x pan­els each 342912cm
Image: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Rose Nolan

MORE, 2020
acrylic paint, card­board, found box
413011cm

Rose Nolan

Bar­code House, 2019
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
30.544.525 cm

Rose Nolan

iTunes Muse­um, 2019
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
3715.58.5 cm

Rose Nolan

Twin­ings Tea Tower, 2008
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
57237 cm

Library
News

The Nation­al: New Aus­tralian Art

It’s been near­ly twen­ty years since Syd­ney host­ed a sub­stan­tial sur­vey exhi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary Australian […]

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John Nixon, Stephen Bram & Rose Nolan, Cook­ing with John’ curat­ed by Amalia Lin­do & Jacque­line Stojanović

Hay­dens, Mel­bourne 10 — 12 More­land Road Brunswick East, 3057 Exhi­bi­tion open­ing: 22 May from 6 – […]

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ROSE NOLAN: PAR­LOUR GAMESANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY

Rose Nolan Big Words (Not Mine) – Tran­scend the pover­ty of par­tial vision (floor version) […]

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ROSE NOLAN: HAL­LAM STATION

YOU/ME/US/HERE/NOW is an open, pos­i­tive and bold text-based propo­si­tion for peo­ple to con­sid­er as […]

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ROSE NOLAN | CEN­TRAL STATION

All along­side of each oth­er, 2023 Cen­tral Sta­tion, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. The pub­lic art­work All alongside […]

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