Rose Nolan

Biography


Born Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia 1959

Lives and works in Melbourne


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 (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, Mel­bourne (2002).


CV

Bib­li­og­ra­phy

Exhibitions
Available Works

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Rose Nolan

Big Words (Not Mine) A pub­lic space is occu­pied by pri­vate bodies…, 2020
Hes­s­ian, acrylic paint, hab­er­dash­ery thread
dimen­sions variable

Rose Nolan

IF NOT YOU WHO, 2020
acrylic paint, card­board, found box
72419 cm

Rose Nolan

A CUL­TUR­AL SIGNPOST, 2020
acrylic paint, card­board, found box­es, card­board tube
971210 cm

Rose Nolan

It’s hard to see what this all means, 2019
acrylic paint on cardboard
21.519016 cm
Pho­to: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Rose Nolan

Home Office, 2019
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
423411 cm
Pho­to: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Rose Nolan

Well­ness Centre, 2019
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
27.54123 cm
Pho­to: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Rose Nolan

NGV Con­tem­po­rary, 2019
found pack­ag­ing, card­board, syn­thet­ic poly­mer paint
3728.527.5 cm

Rose Nolan

Big Words – Try­ing to get it right or righter, 2018
mul­ti-pur­pose iden­ti­fi­ca­tion labels, PVA, acrylic paint, pen­cil, cardboard
133.4252.3 cm overall

Rose Nolan

Big Words – Some unstop­pable urge to create, 2018
mul­ti-pur­pose iden­ti­fi­ca­tion labels, PVA, acrylic paint, pen­cil, cardboard
245.522.5 cm

Rose Nolan

Big Words — A Sin­gu­lar Impulse, 2018
mul­ti-pur­pose iden­ti­fi­ca­tion labels, PVA, acrylic paint, pen­cil, cardboard
236.538.8 cm
Pho­to: Zan Wimberley

Rose Nolan

LESS IS HARD­ER (twice over), 2017
acrylic paint on cardboard
2314016 cm

Rose Nolan

A Big Word — HOPEFUL, 2014
acrylic paint direct­ly on wall
550 cm x 2122 cm
instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks

Rose Nolan

Big Words — QUOTE/UNQUOTE, 2014
hes­s­ian, acrylic paint, embroi­dery thread
2 pen­nants: 25 cm x 45 cm; 28 cm x 65 cm

Rose Nolan

Big Words — UP DATE/DOWN LOAD (Cir­cle Work), 2014
acrylic on hessian
310220 cm

Rose Nolan

Plac­ard Work — AWKWARD, 2009
acrylic paint, card­board, wood
28522 cm

Rose Nolan

The Wel­come Mat, 2007
acrylic wool thread
150350 cm

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News

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