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Jenny Watson

 
 
   

“For 25 years my work has been concerned with possible relationships between text and image in a conceptual/minimal installation dialogue...”

(excerpt from artist statement)

 
   
Works chronology  
   
Miscellaneous New York Works 2002 Woman And Cat 2004 Cool World 2006 Undercover 2008 Five paintings about a mobile phone  
     
Essays  
 
Five paintings about a mobile phone, 2011
 

Jenny Watson’s women (often self-portraits) are always determined and even if they may look vulnerable they have an inner strength of character, like the artist herself.

Where the cigarette in cinema was used to show new, more confident women in the 1930’s / 40’s, through to the 60’s, the now ubiquitous mobile phone and its inherent social networking capacity empowers once again.

The linking of news items in the small text panels act as subplots and segues to connect the very personal with public affairs. Watson’s capacity to pare back complex social structures to a synthesized, deceptively simple statement, is nothing short of sublime.

 
 
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Undercover, artist statement, 2008
 

By chance I met Pat and Howard Frederick in 1991 when I was planning my first show in New York. I met them in Albury, NSW, where they had been living for some years. They were about to return to the United States and invited me to come to Tucson, Arizona after my opening in New York. As a completely New York obsessed artist the rest of the USA was ‘til then a complete blur, but I took them up on their invitation. The plane descended in the vast desert with blue mountains framing the background, an old rusty steel tower with ramshackle letters announced TUCSON. I fell in love with the place immediately. Tucson and particularly the Frederick residence has been a home away from home when travelling since that time. Pat is a veterinarian, an accomplished dressage rider and trainer and artist. We had lots to talk about and we haven’t stopped talking.

The works in Undercover were made last December/January in the Tucson winter - blue skies, cold mornings, sunny days and walking from inside to outside studio spaces. During my stay I was looking back through a mist at my suburban Australian memories. Although I’d layered fabric over fabric before, there seemed now a necessity to further veil (or cover) the images psychologically and physically, accentuating distant and blurred memories, and as a step to challenging the traditional perception of the painted surface.

Jenny Watson
Brisbane
September 2008

 
 
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Artist statement
 

For 25 years my work has been concerned with possible relationships between text and image in a conceptual/minimal installation dialogue.
I tend to work with selected fabrics of standard width that are then put aside until an appropriate image is found. These fabrics are usually standard dress fabric widths, and the length is cut to be roughly analogous to my height. These fabrics are sometimes stretched or left unstretched. I do self portraits, images of horses, highly subjective images based on memory that are then put with a text. The images are painted sparely for maximum effect. Sometimes horeshair, buttons, images from magazines are applied to the surface.
The text could be snatches of dialogue from a film or a list of some personal significance.
The text can be humorous, deadpan, highly emotional, found etc. One is left uncertain whether the text relates to the image. It is the dialogue between these random aspects of everyday life that I am interested in.
In this way a space opens up between the text and the image.

Jenny Watson

 
 
 
 
[essays should not be reproduced without permission from the authors]
 
 
   
 
 
BIOGRAPHY
1951 Born in Melbourne, Australia
1972
Diploma of Painting, National Gallery of Victoria Art School, Melbourne, Australia
1973 Diploma of Education, State College of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
1978-84
Partner in Art Projects, Melbourne, (Artist run space)
2002 Adjunct Professor, Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, Australia
Teaching  
1973-86 Education Department + Tertiary Colleges – Australia
1988-89 Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1996 Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1997-2000 Various Lectures, External Assessor and Teaching Sessions at Sydney College of the Arts,
RMIT and VCA
2000-01 QCA, Griffith University, Morningside/Gold Coast Campuses
2002 Adjunct Professor, QCA,Griffith University, Southbank/Gold Coast Campuses
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Five paintings about a mobile phone, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2010 The Daisy Show, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Jenny Watson, CIAP, Belgium
2009 Material Evidence, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany
Opq- Project Show, The Factory, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Undercover, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Galerie Axel Holm, Ulm Germany
Walking the dog, Malkasten, Dusseldorf
2007 Illusionations, Galerie Daniel Varenne, Geneva, Switzerland
Star Material, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
2006

Vintage Paintings and New Watercolours, Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgium
Paris Fashion Week, Peloton Galleries, Sydney
Cool World, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Works made in Sri Lanka, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Material Evidence, DELL Gallery, QCA, Brisbane
2004 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2003 IASKA, Kellerberrin, Perth, Australia
Child’s Play, Yokohama Musem of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Hatano Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2002 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
2001 Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Kelowna Art Museum, B.C. Canada
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
2000 Galerie Achim Kubinski, Berlin, Germany
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1999 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1998 gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
Dina Carolla, Naples, Italy
Hanoi College of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
1997 Universitätsmuseum, Marburg, Germany
Studio d’arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1996 Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany
Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
manus presse, Stuttgart, Germany
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1995 Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Galerie Fabian Walter, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Janine Mautsch, Köln, Germany
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
1994 Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany
Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
1993 Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany
City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Janine Mautsch, Köln, Germany
Galerie Roberta Lietti, Como, Italy
45th Biennale of Venice, Australian Pavilion, Italy
Galerie von Witzleben, Karlsruhe, Germany
Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
1992 Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1991 Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
Meppener Kunstkreis, Meppen, Germany
City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
1990 Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 India Art Summit (Greenaway Art Gallery stand), New Delhi, India
2010 We Call Them Pirates Out Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Melbourne / Brisbane: punk, art and after, The Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne
2009 Avoiding Myth and Message: Australian Artists and the Literary World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2008 Scope Basel (Greenaway Art Gallery stand), Switzerland
The Brisbane Sound, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
2007 National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize 2007, UQ, Brisbane
Art Brussels 2007, Brussels, Belgium
Art 38 Basel, with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Switzerland
2007 Milano Art Fair, with Giordano Raffaelli, Italy
Innocence and Experience, Gimpel Fils, London
Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney
2006 The Idea of the Animal, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2005 So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star, Paintings from the NGV Shell Collection, NGV touring exhibition
10/21 - VCA at the Venice Biennale, VCA, Melbourne
Drawing Centre, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Blur, Dell Gallery @ QCA, Brisbane
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Melbourne
If the walls could talk, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Critical Mass, Transit Gallery, Belgium
Gallery artists in new space, Giordano Raffaelli, Italy
Castellón Painting Prize, Municipal Art Centre of Alcorcon, Madrid
2004 Parental Guidance Recommended, Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgium
Fuoriluogo 9, una moderna babele, Pinacoteca Dinamica, Campobasso, Italy
2003 START, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Calvese, Italy
2001 parallel structures, David Pestorius project,Southbank, Brisbane
Speilhoven Project, Belgium
Group Show, Annina Nosei
2000 Spin Me Round, Metro Arts, Brisbane
Mommy Dearest, gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
1999 Galerie Stalke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Drawing + Object, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Axel Holm Galerie, Ulm, Germany
1998 Private Parts, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997 Drawings, Annina Nosei, New York, USA
Museum of San Marino, Italy
The Book of Lies Project, Eugenia Butler, Los Angeles, USA
Hotel on Fire, Kelowna Museum, Canada
1996 Andere Orte, various venues, Germany
1994 Works on paper, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
The human measure, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
1993-94 Confess and Conceal, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Art, Singapore
National Gallery of Art, Bangkok
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Australian Centre, Manila
Australian Embassy, Jakarta
1993 Prospect, Kunstverein Frankfurt + Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt
Wit's End, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
 
AWARDS
2005 Fellowship, Visual Arts Board
Project Grant, Arts Queensland
1999 Semifinalist, “Parque de la Memoria”, Sculpture Prize, Argentina
1997 Residency, Chemnitz, Germany July 1998
Deacons Graham & James award residency in Tokyo - January, February 1999
Residency, College of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam December 1997 - March 1998
1990 Portia Geach Art Prize
1987 Newcastle Art Prize (joint winner with Mike Parr)
1986 Gold Medal, Indian Triennale, Delhi
1984 Half Standard Grant, Visual Arts Board
1980 Grant to Individuals, Visual Arts Board
1979 Alliance Francaise Fellowship
1975 Georges' Prize (shared) Travel Grant, Visual Arts Board
 
COLLECTIONS
Armidale Art Gallery, Armidale NSW • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth • Artbank, Sydney • Australian Embassy, Washington, USA • Australian Law Courts, Melbourne • Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla • Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo • BHP Billiton • Chartwell Collection, Auckland, New Zealand • Gold Coast City Council, Queensland • Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt, Germany • Monash University, Clayton • Ghent Museum, Belgium • Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura • Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne • Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan • Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra • Queensland University, Brisbane • Ulmer Museum, Germany • University of Melbourne, Melbourne • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane • Vienna Academy of Arts and Craft, Vienna, Austria • Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia