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 dis­crete and the mon­u­men­tal and is 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 inves­ti­ga­tion of the for­mal and lin­guis­tic qual­i­ties of words, direct­ly using lan­guage to trans­form the archi­tec­tur­al space they inhab­it. By mak­ing lan­guage con­crete in this way mean­ing is allowed to be approached differently.

Nolan 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.

Nolan’s works are held in impor­tant pub­lic col­lec­tions, includ­ing: the Nation­al Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­ber­ra; Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Syd­ney; Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia, Ade­laide; Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, Syd­ney; Hei­de Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, Mel­bourne; and Monash Uni­ver­si­ty Muse­um of Art.

Nolan has com­plet­ed numer­ous pub­lic art com­mis­sions, includ­ing 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
Available Works

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

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  […]

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