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Senior Lecturer, Printmedia
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Justin Trendall is a contemporary artist who works with a combination of drawing, photography, screen printing and Lego. Represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney he has an extensive national exhibition record. His work is held in the collections of major public institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Art Gallery of NSW and the Monash Museum of Modern Art.
Born in Uganda, Justin arrived in Perth when he was four years old. He attended the Special Arts Program at Applecross Senior High School and later studied Fine Arts at Curtin University. After a number of years spent travelling and living in Europe he returned to Australia and settled in Sydney where he completed his Master of Fine Arts at Sydney University in 1994. Since graduating he has produced a body of work that has explored the relationship between memory, history and cultural identity. Before taking up a Lecturing position at Sydney College of the Arts in 1999 he taught for three years at the Canberra School of Art, ANU.
The creation of monuments and the construction of histories (written and spoken) are integral to the production and maintenance of the collective identities (ethnic, religious, cultural, subcultural and national) that shape us as individuals. Using the idea of 'small monuments' as a focal point Justin's work explores how these official processes of memorialisation relate to and react with the more subjective relationship to the past afforded us by memory. The architectural designs and cultural maps he produces in his studio practice experiment with ways of representing linkages between history/memory and cultural identity. He is particularly interested in the role that 'images' of the past play in the construction of the ethical, moral and political codes that orientate us both as individuals and as a society. The diverse set of marginal and mainstream histories featured in his art (mining, urban subcultures, modern art, neo-classical and modernist architecture, surfing and Enlightenment politics) are used to reflect on the nature of Australian cultural identity and how different relationships to the past embedded in it shape its ongoing evolution.
Volume One: MCA Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2012
Melbourne Art Fair, Sarah Cottier Gallery Stand, 2012
A House for Two Artists, Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Sydney, 2012
Networks: Cells and Silos, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011
Emerald Couture, The Hole, New York, 2011
Share House, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2010
Kent State, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, 2010
Near Perfect, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2009
Cryptophilistinism, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne; CAST Gallery, Hobart, 2009
Dynamo Hum, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2009
Expandex, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, 2009
Nothing Changes, Everything Changes, UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2008
3-D Painting, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, 2008
Endless Summer: Prima Parte, MOP Projects, Sydney, 2008
MAN, Penrith Regional Gallery, 2008
Lion, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2007
Building, Dwelling, Thinking, Non Objective Gallery, Sydney, 2007
Painting and Time, ICAN, 2011
New Tendencies in Printmedia at Sydney College of the Arts, Monash University, 2012
Christopher Bonnily, MFA
Corinne Brittain, PhD
Penny Cain, MFA,
Ulrike Sturm, MFA,
Awards & Grants
2012 Little Creatures Acquisition Award
2009 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2007 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2004 Canberra Contemporary Art Award
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