Christopher Bennie transfixes the viewer with a vision of daily existence and the ordinary through his video works. His subject matter is overtly banal, his videos have documented his own rippling back muscles, his girlfriend’s bottom and a poorly executed dance around his house. While the approach in these videos is unsettling, as they hover between voyeurism, narcissism and naivety, they also reveal something of the monumental in the often overlooked. These works are the artist’s attempt at pursuing experiences of authenticity and familiarity in today’s society of the spectacle and invite the viewer to revel in their own private experiences and encounters as lost moments in time that should be appreciated. Bennie’s cheeky approach is exemplified by the video A Wee Sunset (2009) in which the artist contrasts the beauty of a dust laden orange sky with the silhouette of his own urination…As Bennie explains, “with tongue in cheek the video exemplifies as well as repudiates romanticism in favour of a profound and leaky existence".



Dr Jess Berry

EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)

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2018  Oceans From Here, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

          Surf Salon, The Walls Artspace, Miami, Gold Coast

          Everybody NOW, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

          The Night Watch, The Walls + Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Gold Coast

          Local Loops, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Southport, Gold Coast

2017  Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

          Sculpture at Scenic World, Blue Mountains New South Wales

          Too Close To Call, Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery

2016  Shift, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane

          Resort, James St. Brisbane

          Plenty, Brisbane Powerhouse

          Dhanamenta, Miami, Gold Coast

2015  Innrerspace, Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Canberra

          Hung Out to Dry, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

2014  Compulsion Loop, Boxcopy, Brisbane. Curated by Sarah Baron

          Daze Me, Raze Me, Faze Me, (Fibro Coast) La Costa Hotel, Bilinga, Gold Coast

          Absence/Presence, SpiroGrace Gallery, Brisbane

2012  SafARI, Alaska Projects, Sydney

          When You Drink The Water, Remember The Spring, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

          Greatest Hits, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

          Immediacy, APT 7 Satellite Exhibition curated by jay younger and Beth Jackson, Brisbane

2011  New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

2010  Suburbia, Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery, Redcliff

          Something or Other, Old Space, Brisbane

          Flying Colours, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast

          Downsize, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2009  99 Reasons, Old Space, Brisbane

          MSSR Exposure, Metro Arts, Brisbane

          Lean Towards Indifference, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2008  Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

          The Orebro International Video Art Festival, Orebro, Sweden

          Shoot Low, They Are Riding Shetland’s. Queensland Centre of Photography. Brisbane 

          Sydney Biennale, Revolutions: forms that turn, online venue website, Sydney

2007  New Work 3 PICA, Perth

          Arc Biennial with The General Will (The Delirious Studio), QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

          Alluring Dystopias. George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast

          D/Art/07: the post-cinema experience. d/Lux/MediaArts, Sydney

          Figuratively Speaking: The figure in contemporary video art, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

          The One And The Many with The General Will (An Afternoon of Leisure), Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2006  Greatest Hits, Previously Unreleased Tracks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (touring)

          Electrofringe – Magic Sound Hour, Civic Playhouse Theatre, Newcastle

          The General Will, Firstdraft Sydney

          The General Will presents general will, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

          Transit-Lounge, Transit Lounge project space, Berlin

          +Plus Factors, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne 

          Exercises in Freedom. State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

2005  Boo Hooray. ABC 2 and ABC broadband

          Phatspace International Ate Video Show, Phatspace, Sydney

          Pirate Satellite, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne 

2004  Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

          The Departure Lounge, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane

          Savvy: new Australian art, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

          Latitude Neo Gallery, Brisbane

          All that Glitters: Contemporary Visions of the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast

2003  Open for Inspection. 60 Merivale St. Brisbane

          More than Nothing: Nothing More, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane

2002  The National Australia Bank Private Bank Contemporary Art Prize, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast

2001  The Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show. Ballina

 

 

EXHIBITIONS (SOLO)

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2017   The Citizen, Clutch Collective, Park Genie, Bowen Hills

           Mood Swings, Griffith University Pop Gallery, Brisbane

           On Top, In Front, Gold Coast City Gallery

2015  The Waves + Control Rooms, PhotoAccess, Canberra

          When Will We Ever Be Forever Together, Alaska Projects, Sydney

2014  The Kissing Swans, Bundaberg Recreation Centre, Bundaberg

          Fern Studio Floor: a cosmology, The Walls Contemporary Art Space, Miami, Gold Coast

2013  Move, Hold Artspace, Brisbane

2012  Tent Peg, curated by Anna Zammitt, Ryan Renshaw Window Space

          Five Films of Fortuitous Frivolous Fervent, The Wandering Room, Brisbane

2010  A Wee Sunset, Linden Contemporary Art Centre, Melbourne

2009  Smooth Machines curated by Anna Zammit, South Bank, Brisbane

          Jordie, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, Adelaide

          Chris Bennie Doctorate of Visual Art Exhibition, Brisbane

2008  Two Ships. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.

2007  Uncovering the once discovered, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

2006  Our Communication Recorded, Blindside Artist Run Space, Melbourne

          Our Communication Recorded, MSSR project, Brisbane 

          Moving Math Queensland College of Art Galleria, Brisbane

          New Video: made in China. Griffith University Queensland College of Art Galleria, Brisbane

2005  Christopher Bennie: Video work 2001–2005, Queensland College of Art White Box Gallery, Brisbane

2003  Slower, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2002  Pool Party Whitebox Gallery, Gold Coast

2001  My Successes My Failures, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast

 

 

WINNING + COMMENDED AWARDS 

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2016  Highly Commended Noosa Art Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery

2014  Winner The Clayton Utz Art Prize, Brisbane

2013  Winner Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach
          Highly Commended John Fries Memorial Art Prize, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney (highly commended)

2012  Winner Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery

2004  Runner Up Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery

 

 

AWARDS

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2016  Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery

           Moreton Bay Art Prize, Strathpine Community Centre, Brisbane

2015  The Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane

          The Josephine Ulrich and Wynn Schubert Photography Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery 

2014  The Josephine Ulrich and Wynn Schubert Photography Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery

2013  National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

          Bondi Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney

          The Clayton Utz Contemporary Art Prize, Brisbane

2012  The Clayton Utz Contemporary Art Prize, Brisbane

2011  The Clayton Utz Contemporary Art Prize, Brisbane

          Substation Art Prize, Melbourne

2010  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast

          City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania

2009  Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize. Gold Coast Art Gallery. Gold Coast

          GAS Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane

2008  HTM Wilson Art Prize, Touring Sophie Gannon, Melbourne. Grant Pirrie, Sydney. Jan Manton, Brisbane

2007  Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize. Gold Coast Art Gallery. Gold Coast

          The Queensland Artworkers Alliance Award, Brisbane

2006  The Queensland Artworkers Alliance Award, Brisbane

2005  Prometheus visual arts award. Merrimac, Queensland.

          The Queensland Artworkers Alliance Award, Brisbane

          The Raw Space Lumin Art Prize

2004  Space Invaders: Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition, Toowoomba

          Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize , Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast

2002  The Ulrich Schubert Photography Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery

2001  Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize. Gold Coast Art Gallery

          The National Australia Bank Private Bank Contemporary Art Prize, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast

          Griffith University Tertiary Art Prize.

 

 

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES AND COMMISSIONS 

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2018  Sam Rit Residency, Thailand

2017  Urban Oasis Public Art Commission Mentorship Program with Alex Pentek

2016  Shortlisted Finalist, Urban Oasis Public Art Commission, Gold Coast

          Artist in Residence, Canon Hill Anglican College, Brisbane.

2015 Bundanon Residency, New South Wales

2014 Asialink Residency Youkobo Artspace, Japan

2013 Bundanon Residency, New South Wales

         Fish Lane Residency, IAmProjects, Fox Hotel, Brisbane

2012 Regional Galleries Association of Queensland Bursary

2010 Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant 

2009 Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanian Residency shortlist

2008 Arts Queensland Development and Presentation Grant

         Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks Grant

2007 Artworkers Alliance and the State Library of Queensland Interactive new Media Project and Residency

         Arts Queensland Project Grant

2006 Transit-Lounge Residency, Berlin

2005 Shandong College of Art and Design Residency and Cultural Exchange, China

         Griffith University Postgraduate Scholarship

2003 Commission Five to Midnight, Queensland Performing Arts Complex

 

 

COLLECTIONS

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2013 Private Collection of Yannick Blatner

2012 Collection Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2011 Collection University of Queensland Art Museum 

2004 Collection Gold Coast Art Gallery

2002 Collection Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

 

 

CURATORSHIP

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2017  Sculpture 17 Public Program, Griffith University Queensland College of Art.

2016  Game Plan, The Walls Artspace, Miami

2012  Oh Video, Griffith University

2009  MSSR Exposure, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2008  The Orebro International Video Art Festival, Orebro, Sweden

2006-10  MSSR (Moreton Street Spare Room Project) 

2004  Collidescope III, Swingin’ Safari Gold Coast

2003  Open for Inspection, Brisbane. Curator

          Collidescope II,Gold Coast Art Gallery

2002  Collidescope, Gold Coast Art Gallery

          The Transient Image, Queensland College of Art. Gold Coast Campus

          

 

APPEARANCES

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2018  Panel moderator, Meet The Wavemakers: Chris Bennie, artist; Gerldine Barlow, Curator of International Art,     QAGOMA; and Jordyn De Boer, Co-founder             of Boomerang Bags. Gold Coast City Gallery

          Artist talk, BVN Architects, Brisbane

          Pre-selection judge Churchie Emerging Art Award

          Guest Speaker, Lucida Conference, Sydney

          External Assessor, Southern Cross University

          Catalogue Essay/Interview for Rebecca Ross Making Arrangements Stable Art Space, Brisbane

          Catalogue Essay/Interview for Hailey Atkins, Outer Space, Brisbane

          Catalogue Essay Michelle Vine Surrogates for Human Touch Griffith University Project Space

          Quick-fire Ecstasy, Ecstasy: baroque and beyond public program. University of Queensland Art Museum

          No Lights No Lycra, Ecstasy: baroque and beyond public program. University of Queensland Art Museum

2017  Artist talk, Mood Swings, Pop Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

          Artist talk, On Top, In Front, Gold Coast City Gallery

          Swell Sculpture Festival Curatorial Committee

          Guest speaker, Early Risers: women in business Breakfast, Gold Coast City Gallery

          Pre-selection judge, The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting, Griffith University     Webb Gallery

2016  The Walls Art Space Representative, High Rise Low Rise, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

         Guest speaker, Making Meaning, St.Hilda’s Collegiate School, Gold Coast

         Judge, Cartography, Church Anglican Grammer School student exhibition

         Guest speaker, Home-show ARI presentation, Boxcopy, Brisbane

         Curators talk, Game Plan, The Walls Artspace, Miami

         Guest Speaker, Asialink Business Leaders Seminar

         Judge Sand Safari Art Prize, Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast

2015 Judge, Border Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery

         Respondent, 2970 Degrees Symposium, Gold Coast

         Asialink Residency Recipient Talk, State Library of Queensland

         Artist talk, Cutback: surfing through art, Gold Coast Art Gallery

         Opening Speech, Cutback: surfing through art, Gold Coast Art Gallery

2014 Artist Talk, The Edge State Library of Queensland

         If The Walls Could Talk, Fern Studio Floor: a cosmology, The Walls Contemporary Art Space, Miami, Queensland

         Artist Talk, Fibro Coast, La Costa Motel, Balinga, Queensland

2013 Radio interview, HitzFM Morning Show with Billy Healy, Bundaberg

         Artist talk, Grace and the Kissing Swans, Fish Lane Resdiency, Fox Hotel, Brisbane

         Channel 10 The Project, Swell Sculpture Festival

         Radio spot, Evenings with Rebecca Livingston ABC National 

         Radio spot, Breakfast with Bern Young ABC Coast FM

         In conversation, Theo Shields, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane

2012 Panel member, Documenta 13: a critical panel discussion, the Glasshouse, Queensland University of Technology

         Guest speaker, Australian National Capitol Artists (ANCA) Now Symposium, Canberra

         Opening speech, 2012 Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Fine Art Graduate Show, Gold Coast Art Gallery

         Presenter, Flying Arts Professional Development Forum

         Panel chair, The Where and The When of Photography, Griffith University Art Gallery

2011 Panel member, Has The ARI Bubble Burst, Institute of Modern Art 

         Artist Talk, Queensland College of Art Photography Department

         Judge, 2011 Ipswich Art Award

2010 Keynote Speaker Growing Your Practice, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

2008 Guest speaker, 2008 Hatched Symposium. Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

2005 Guest speaker, Institute of Digital Media Technology Shanghai Industry Development Forum, Jinan, China

         Artist talk, 4 x 4, Griffith University Art Gallery

         Artist Talk, Exercises in Freedom, State Library of Queensland

 

 

WORKSHOPS

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2014 Video as Art and Documentary, Raid Camp, Cairns

2013 Moving Images That Matter, Goodna State High School, Brisbane

2013 Floating Land, Boreen Point, Sunshine Coast

2012 IMA Art Teachers Day: Video Art and Mobile Devices, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2011 Introduction to Film and media Projects, Roma, Queensland

2010 Creative Expressions: thoughts to Film, Blackwater International Coal Center, Blackwater, Queensland

2010 Basic Video Production, Moranbah, Queensland

2009 Sunday at the Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

 

 

PUBLICATIONS + ESSAYS

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Alexander Kucharski The Citizen, Exhibition catalogue essay

Aaron Butt Work in the art of Gosia Wlodarczak, Dylan Jones and Chris Bennie

http://bneart.com/writing/work-in-the-art-of-gosia-wlodarczak-dylan-jones-and-chris-bennie/

Miranda Hine Mood Swings, Exhibition Catalogue Essay 

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_045b1f13a9154a4f8446babc93a4c1c1.pdf

Virginia Rigney Mediating Legacies, RealTime May 2014 

http://www.realtimearts.net/feature/In_Profile/11564

Dr Jess Berry A Zip on the Horizon, Exhibition Catalogue Essay 

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_7b66f1d28e334d8ca2dc14bb1e69b1f8.pdf

Dr Laini Burton Em File: Chris Bennie, Art Monthly Australia, May 2009 #219, Pp. 46 

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_d59359f7f2be477bb0728cd8cdd80e64.pdf

Peter Haynes Un-resettling by James Tylor and The Waves and Control Rooms by Chris Bennie: the old and the new. Sydney Morning Herald, 2015 

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_75fa90cbd9184f4a9df4503c38c5f923.pdf

Kylie Spear, Move, Exhibition Catalogue and Essay, 2013 

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_5237b15a39b042bda86d648d5114388c.pdf

Peter Robinson Artist Run Initiatives: the ins and outs, Artworker magazine, Issue 2 2008

Nicola Chatham A Storehouse of Experience. Exhibition catalogue essay

Anna Zammit, Tent Peg Exhibition catalogue essay

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_11367b4e900942129a3d6470b8e079d6.pdf

Clare Murphy Daring to disturb the universe: the contemplative video art of Christopher Bennie. Catalogue essay. 

Carmen Ansaldo The General Will presents general will in Machine Magazine, Issue 5, vol 1. May-Jun 2006, Pp. 18

David Broker Name That Tune, Plus Factors exhibition catalogue

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_7ec14d479f3346669fce9158ae009c51.pdf

Danni Zuvela Where There’s Video There’s Love in Machine Magazine, Issue 1, Vol. 1. July-Aug 2005

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cd74bf_6c49279592304c63b7c1da613af49ada.pdf

Channel Nine News. December 2004. Conrad Jupiters Art Prize

Alasdair Foster Departure Lounge. Exhibition catalogue essay

Alison Kubler Savvy: New Australian Art. Exhibition catalogue essay

Phil Brown Look At Me, Brisbane News Aug 11-17 2004

Robert Cook Hatching the Future. The West Australian Weekend Extra. June 14 2003 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

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2017 – 2018     Fixed-term Contract Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Contact +61/7/3735 6157

2017 –              Curatorial Selection Panel, Swell Sculpture Festival

2016 –              Queensland representative, Asialink’s Arts Residency Advisory Committee.

2016 – 2017     Sessional Lecturer, University of Canberra @ South Bank Tafe, Queensland. 

2015 –              Committee member, Gold Coast Council Regional Arts Development Fund

2015 –              Board member, The Walls Art Space, Miami, Queensland

2014 – 2015     Treasurer, The Walls Art Space, Miami, Queensland

2009 –              Sessional Lecturer, Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Contact Liz Shaw Ph. +61/7/3735 6157

2006 –              University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia. Installation assistant, Ph. +61/7/3365 9004

2010 –              Flying Arts, Artist on Tour, Ph. +61/7/(0)7 3109 7350

2011 – 2013     Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer, Griffith University Art Gallery, Contact Naomi Evans Ph. +61/7/373 57414 

2005 – 2009     Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Installation assistant, Ph. +61/7/(0)411218879

2003 – 2011     Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Installation assistant. Contact Anna Zammit, Ph. +61/7/3252 5750

2005 – 2011     Museum Of Brisbane, Australia. Installation assistant, Ph. +61/7/3403 5318

2006 – 2009     State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Installation assistant, Contact Fe Skoufa, Ph. +61/7/3840 7889

 


QUALIFICATIONS

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2011  Certificate Three in Electronic Music production. SAE Institute, Brisbane.

2010  Permaculture Design Certificate. Permaculture Research Institute, Melbourne.

2009  Doctorate of Visual Art. Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

2002  Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) First Class, Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast..

2001  Bachelor of Fine Art. Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast.

1997  Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art, Dunedin, New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

 

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