Dr Alexander Gawronski

PhD (USYD)

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Alex Gawronski is a contemporary artist working across multiple media with a particular interest in the implications of galleries and museums as cultural sites of spatial, social-political contestation. Awarded in 2006 by the University of Sydney, Alex Gawronski's PhD entitled, No New Utopia: the Crisis of Art as Critique under Globalisation, considered the challenge posed to contemporary art as a critically resistant practice in the face of widespread commercialising trends encouraged by neo-liberal globalisation.

Further to his practice as an artist, he regularly publishes as an art critic and theorist with a specific interest in new global and institutional contexts of contemporary art. He has also founded and co-directed a number of independent artist spaces including The Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN) (2007-2015) and currently, KNULP, Sydney.

Research interests

  • Contemporary art
  • Modern art
  • Institutional Critique
  • Museum histories
  • Art and architecture
  • Art and political economy
  • Post-Marxism

Current projects

  • 2018 forthcoming: Exhibition, True Estate gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2018 forthcoming: Exhibition Contour 556, public art festival, Canberra, ACT
  • 2018 forthcoming: Exhibition KNULP, Sydney, NSW
  • 2018 forthcoming: Residency, Liebig 12, Berlin, DE
  • 2018 forthcoming: Book chapter, The Artist as Curatorin ‘On Curating’, edited by Brad Buckley and John Conomos, Wiley Blackwell, New Jersey, US
  • 2018 forthcoming: Article The City is an Idea: Imperial Slacks and the Urban Transformation of Sydney, Cosmic Love Wonder Lust, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney College of the Arts, edited by Nicholas Tsoutas and Michael Dagostino

Associations

  • Founding co-director KNULP independent artist space, Camperdown, Sydney.

Awards and honours

  • 2017: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work grant
  • 2012: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work grant
  • 2010: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work grant
  • 2008:Asia Link/Artspace/Australia-Japan Foundation, Studio Residency/Exchange, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005: The University of Sydney, Power Institute: Studio Residency, Cité des arts, PARIS
  • 2002: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work grant
  • 2001: The University of Sydney, Post Graduate Award
  • 2000: Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work grant

In the media

2018:
  • Preview, 'The Watched', Art Guide, March/April

2017:

  • Corbet, D. Anxiousness: Thoughts on the National - New Australian Art, 2017, Eyeline 87, October
  • Cramer, S. Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art (Part 2: 1970-2017), Catalogue, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
  • Corbet, D. Goldberg M. eds. Ex Libris Fisherarium, published by Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), The University of Sydney
  • French, B. Curatorial Introduction, The National: New Australian Art, catalogue, published by the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriage Works, Sydney
  • Larsson, C. Between Nationalism and Globalism: Folds in Contemporary Australian Art at The National: New Australian Art, BROADSHEET vol 46 no. 2, Apr, May, Jun
  • Boon, M. New Talents Get National Call Up for Sydney's Newest Art Festival, The Music, Monday, March 13
  • Thompson, C. Your Favourite Sydney Galleries are Joining Forces to Present One Mega Exhibition, Vogue Australia, Tuesday, March 28
  • Blake, E. The National: Sydney's New Art Festival Transports Viewers Between Worlds, Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, March 29
  • Blake E. Mix 'n Match Works Leave Art Lover's Guessing, Thursday, March 30
  • Preston, S. Necessary Art of our Time, A Guide to The National, Broadsheet, Sydney, Friday, March 31
  • Fairley, G. Do We Need the National? Arts Hub, UK, Friday, March 31
  • Wolifson, C. The National: New Australian Art, VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture, Issue 18, Apr
  • Daly-Peoples J. The National; All the Best of New Australian Art, National Business Review (NBR), New Zealand, Thursday, April 6
  • Eccles, J. The National, Aboriginal Art Directory, News, Thursday April 20
  • Macdowell B. The National 2017: New Australian Art - A Historical Future, The Culture Concept, Friday April 21
  • Henry-Jones, S. What We Can Learn From Small-Town Arts Festival Cementa17, FBI Radio, Friday, April 28
  • White M. Four Days and Night in Kandos for Cementa, RUNWAY, Sydney, Tuesday, May 25
  • Jančić, B. The National 2017 - Alex Gawronski's Ghosts, RUNWAY, Sydney, Thursday, May 4
  • Ewington, J. State of Our Art, The Monthly, Tuesday, May 23
  • Frost, A. Happy Accidents Shine in Major Australian Contemporary Art Show, The National Review, The Guardian, Wednesday, May 24

2016:

  • Shield, H. Meet the Big Cheese for 2016's Dark MoFo, ABC Radio Hobart, Friday June 10
  • Stranger, L. 'Big Cheese', ART ALMANAC, May
  • Fehily, T. Preview, 'Big Cheese', ART GUIDE, May/June
  • Kirk, Anna M. ART/WORK, catalogue essay for the exhibition ART/WORK, Kudos gallery, UNSWAD, Darlinghurst, Sydney

2015:

  • Glass-Kantor, A./ Schumann, M. "the broader public couldn't care less about it" I interview about art publishing between Alexie Glass-Kantor (Artspace, Syd) and Max Schumann (Printed Matter, NY), December
  • Saint, P. Preview, Artist Profile Magazine, Issue 33, November
  • McDonald, S. R. Interest Free (Review), The Art Life, Sydney, September 28
  • Rainforth, D. _____; (Review), Art Guide Australia, Sydney, August 5
  • Rainforth, D. Enter the Void, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), April 14

2014:

  • French B. Alex Gawronski - Selected Texts and Projects (Monograph), Artspace, Sydney

Selected publications & creative works

  • Loose Papers

    Loose Papers (Art Bookstore, 2010)

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Edited Books

  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Loose Papers. Surry Hills: Art Bookstore.

Book Chapters

  • Gawronski, A. (2013). ICAN: Reinventing the Autonomy of the Artist-Run Initiative. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 99-112). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). On Seeing and (dis-)Believing. In Stephen Cleland and Blair French (Eds.), Bruce Barber, Work 1970 - 2008, (pp. 134-145). Woolloomooloo: Artspace Visual Arts Centre Ltd.

Journals

  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Art is Not Magic. DI'VAN Journal of Ideas and Accounts, 1(2), 108-123. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Here and Nowhere: Artistic Identity on Social Media. Broadsheet Journal, 46(1), 27-30. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2015). Art and Celebrity:the quest for ultravisibility. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 44(2), 14-16. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2015). australian art now: same place, same time. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 44(1), 33-35.
  • Gawronski, A. (2014). forever spring? Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(4), 14-18.
  • Gawronski, A. (2014). The Politics of Withdrawl. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(2), 14-19.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Artist-Run=Emerging/A Bad Equation. Art Monthly Australia, 257(March 2013), 25-27.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Critical art writing bemoaning a fundamental "crisis" in contemporary art is by no means new: Sweeping art under the market. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 42(1), 30-33.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Something in the air: internet art as archive and strategy beyond the gates of the museum. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 42.3 (September 2013), 206-209.
  • Gawronski, A. (2012). A Petri Dish in the Sun? Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 41(2), 98-103.
  • Gawronski, A. (2011). Considering the future. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 40.2 (June), 104-107.
  • Gawronski, A. (2011). Plenty of nothing: art/money/installation. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 40.3 (September), 206-209.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | between art and action: lucy orta. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.1 (March 2010), 49-52.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | biennales and artist directed culture. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.2 (June 2010), 106-109.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | uncertain terms: ahmet ogut. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.3 (September 2010), 193-195.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Simon Barney; Forgotten Terrain of the Already Known. Column, 5, 120-124.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). Art and fashion: culture at a price. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 38(3), 211-213.

Visual Art

  • Gawronski, A. (2017). 1. Threshold 2. Overhead 3. Portal. In: The National: New Australian Art. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Museum Contemporary Art, and Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Advanced Visual Studies. In: Advanced Visual Studies. KNULP, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2014). Phase One - The Construction of Reality, Phase Two - The Art Crisis, Phase Three - Archaeology as a Political Practice. In: The Three Phases. University of Sydney, Fisher Library, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Rue des Ursins (4 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1900 2. Impasse de Bourdonnais (1 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1908 3. Rue Grenier-sur-l'Eau (4 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1900 4. Passy, passage des Eaux (16 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1901 5. Passy, passage des Eaux (16 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1901. In: Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. University Art Gallery, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Vault, 2013 2. Limit, 2013 3. Stand Off (Property of M.B), 2013. In: Black Square - 100 Years. Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF). Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Welcome, 2013 2. Machine, 2013. In: Look this Way. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Daisy Cutter. In: Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Right Angle. In: Election Special: Dark Arts. Marrickville Garage, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Scenery, 2013. In: Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics and animals. Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Standards 2013. In: Easy Listening. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Studio Portrait no. 5, 2006/2013. In: Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. University Art Gallery, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Ugly Thinking (portrait of a madman in a desolate landscape). In: Ugly Thinking (portrait of a madman in a desolate landscape). 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Afterthought. In: Silent Spaces. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Belonging. In: Belonging. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Free Art. In: Free Art. Peloton, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Look Ahead (Rent-this-Space). In: Hardbodies. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Odyssey. In: Covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Prophecy. In: Survey. 231 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). The Street (Slight Reprise). In: Happy Hour Superluxe. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). 1. Knowing Me / Knowing You 2. Knowing Me / Knowing YOU (JANUS: Local Version). In: Mirror Mirror: Then and Now. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Justene Williams. The National: New Australian Art, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Gawronski, A. (2016). Everything and Nothing. Hany Armanious, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Gawronski, A. (2016). No Place to Hide. Tony Schwensen, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Gawronski, A., Jancic, B. (2013). Biljana Jancic and Alex Gawronski Interview Brad Buckley and John Conomos. Brad Buckley John Conomos - Monograph, 2013, (pp. 31 - 48). Sydney, Australia: Australian Centre for Photography.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). beauty of distance:postmortems: Alex Gawronski. Broadsheet, (pp. 204 - 208). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). Civilised. Loose Papers: Loose Projects 2006-2007, (pp. 48 - 51). Sydney, Australia: Loose projects.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). the titillators. CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART+CULTURE BROADSHEET, 38.1, (pp. 34 - 37). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

Exhibitions / Events

  • Gawronski, A. (2018). The Watched. Murry Art Museum Albury, Australia. [More Information]
  • Amperidis, I., Gawronski, A. (2013). Black Square - 100 Years. Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, Australia: australian experimental art foundation.
  • Gawronski, A., Jancic, B. (2013). Look this Way. Sydney, Australia: UTS Gallery.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Australian Pavilion 2010: Swallow it, Dog! (after Goya). Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.
  • Gawronski, A., Donovan, S., Cescon, C. (2010). Dirt: Iakovas Amperidis. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.
  • Gawronski, A., Cescon, C., Donovan, S. (2010). is not. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.

2018

  • Gawronski, A. (2018). The Watched. Murry Art Museum Albury, Australia. [More Information]

2017

  • Gawronski, A. (2017). 1. Threshold 2. Overhead 3. Portal. In: The National: New Australian Art. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Museum Contemporary Art, and Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Advanced Visual Studies. In: Advanced Visual Studies. KNULP, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Art is Not Magic. DI'VAN Journal of Ideas and Accounts, 1(2), 108-123. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Here and Nowhere: Artistic Identity on Social Media. Broadsheet Journal, 46(1), 27-30. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2017). Justene Williams. The National: New Australian Art, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.

2016

  • Gawronski, A. (2016). Everything and Nothing. Hany Armanious, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Gawronski, A. (2016). No Place to Hide. Tony Schwensen, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.

2015

  • Gawronski, A. (2015). Art and Celebrity:the quest for ultravisibility. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 44(2), 14-16. [More Information]
  • Gawronski, A. (2015). australian art now: same place, same time. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 44(1), 33-35.

2014

  • Gawronski, A. (2014). forever spring? Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(4), 14-18.
  • Gawronski, A. (2014). Phase One - The Construction of Reality, Phase Two - The Art Crisis, Phase Three - Archaeology as a Political Practice. In: The Three Phases. University of Sydney, Fisher Library, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2014). The Politics of Withdrawl. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(2), 14-19.

2013

  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Rue des Ursins (4 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1900 2. Impasse de Bourdonnais (1 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1908 3. Rue Grenier-sur-l'Eau (4 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1900 4. Passy, passage des Eaux (16 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1901 5. Passy, passage des Eaux (16 arr.) after Eugene Atget 1901. In: Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. University Art Gallery, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Vault, 2013 2. Limit, 2013 3. Stand Off (Property of M.B), 2013. In: Black Square - 100 Years. Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF). Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). 1. Welcome, 2013 2. Machine, 2013. In: Look this Way. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Artist-Run=Emerging/A Bad Equation. Art Monthly Australia, 257(March 2013), 25-27.
  • Gawronski, A., Jancic, B. (2013). Biljana Jancic and Alex Gawronski Interview Brad Buckley and John Conomos. Brad Buckley John Conomos - Monograph, 2013, (pp. 31 - 48). Sydney, Australia: Australian Centre for Photography.
  • Amperidis, I., Gawronski, A. (2013). Black Square - 100 Years. Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, Australia: australian experimental art foundation.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Critical art writing bemoaning a fundamental "crisis" in contemporary art is by no means new: Sweeping art under the market. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 42(1), 30-33.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Daisy Cutter. In: Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). ICAN: Reinventing the Autonomy of the Artist-Run Initiative. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 99-112). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Gawronski, A., Jancic, B. (2013). Look this Way. Sydney, Australia: UTS Gallery.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Right Angle. In: Election Special: Dark Arts. Marrickville Garage, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Scenery, 2013. In: Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics and animals. Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Something in the air: internet art as archive and strategy beyond the gates of the museum. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 42.3 (September 2013), 206-209.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Standards 2013. In: Easy Listening. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Studio Portrait no. 5, 2006/2013. In: Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. University Art Gallery, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2013). Ugly Thinking (portrait of a madman in a desolate landscape). In: Ugly Thinking (portrait of a madman in a desolate landscape). 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.

2012

  • Gawronski, A. (2012). A Petri Dish in the Sun? Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 41(2), 98-103.

2011

  • Gawronski, A. (2011). Considering the future. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 40.2 (June), 104-107.
  • Gawronski, A. (2011). Plenty of nothing: art/money/installation. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 40.3 (September), 206-209.

2010

  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Afterthought. In: Silent Spaces. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Australian Pavilion 2010: Swallow it, Dog! (after Goya). Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). beauty of distance:postmortems: Alex Gawronski. Broadsheet, (pp. 204 - 208). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Belonging. In: Belonging. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | between art and action: lucy orta. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.1 (March 2010), 49-52.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | biennales and artist directed culture. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.2 (June 2010), 106-109.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Broadsheet | uncertain terms: ahmet ogut. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 39.3 (September 2010), 193-195.
  • Gawronski, A., Donovan, S., Cescon, C. (2010). Dirt: Iakovas Amperidis. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Free Art. In: Free Art. Peloton, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A., Cescon, C., Donovan, S. (2010). is not. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Look Ahead (Rent-this-Space). In: Hardbodies. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Loose Papers. Surry Hills: Art Bookstore.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Odyssey. In: Covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). On Seeing and (dis-)Believing. In Stephen Cleland and Blair French (Eds.), Bruce Barber, Work 1970 - 2008, (pp. 134-145). Woolloomooloo: Artspace Visual Arts Centre Ltd.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Prophecy. In: Survey. 231 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). Simon Barney; Forgotten Terrain of the Already Known. Column, 5, 120-124.
  • Gawronski, A. (2010). The Street (Slight Reprise). In: Happy Hour Superluxe. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

2009

  • Gawronski, A. (2009). 1. Knowing Me / Knowing You 2. Knowing Me / Knowing YOU (JANUS: Local Version). In: Mirror Mirror: Then and Now. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). Art and fashion: culture at a price. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 38(3), 211-213.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). Civilised. Loose Papers: Loose Projects 2006-2007, (pp. 48 - 51). Sydney, Australia: Loose projects.
  • Gawronski, A. (2009). the titillators. CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART+CULTURE BROADSHEET, 38.1, (pp. 34 - 37). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

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