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2017 Visual Resident Artist: Stuart Ringholt

Born 1971 in Perth, Australia, Stuart Ringholt lives and works in Melbourne. 
Stuart Ringholt’s work takes many forms, from performance, video and sculpture to collaborative workshops, and is characterised by a resolute sense of art as a social enterprise. Personal and social themes such as fear and embarrassment are often presented through absurd situations or amateur self-help environments, including nude gallery tours, anger workshops and participatory performance works. Stuart Ringholt has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include ArtCologne Stuart Ringholt: Nudes, Signs, and a Contract Osmos Gallery New York (2015);  New Works Milani Gallery Brisbane (2015); Stuart Ringholt: Kraft, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); Starring William Shatner As Curator, Society, Sydney and TCB, Melbourne (2011); Vitrines, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2010); Video Works, Club Laundromat, New York (2009); Low Sculpture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2008); Gallery Room, Mirka at Tolarno Hotel/Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007); and Pulse, RMITProject Space, Melbourne (2006).

Recent group exhibitions include Performa 15 with Richard Bell et al (2015); Dead Ringer PICA Perth (2015); 9/11 Moana Project Space Perth (2015); Lurid Beauty; Australian Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia (2015); Taking It All Away MCA Sydney (2014); Benglis 73/74 Sutton Project Space (2014); Art Is A Verb Monash University Museum of Art (2014); The Working Life IMA Brisbane (2014); The Talking Cure Oakville Galleries Canada (2014); Impact Art Gallery of Western Australia (2014); The Last Laugh apexart New York (2013); dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Local Positioning Systems, MCA, Sydney (2012); Open House Singapore Biennale (2011); Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); Before and After Science: 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d’Arte, Rome (2009); Revolutions: Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney (2008); and The One and the Many, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2007).

During his Residency at Monash Prato Centre, Ringholt has proposed to create a suite of new works on paper inspired by the many famous clock towers that can be found in the region. These new works would follow other horological pieces he’s created, including his 2014 work Untitled (Clock), now in the collection of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Untitled (Clock) was purposefully designed to be “broken”, moving through an hour in only 45 minutes… a day in 18 hours. In its own way, it’s not entirely dissimilar to Florence’s Arnolfo Tower clock, often mistaken as “broken” by tourists who misunderstand how to tell time from its single hand. The residency will also be an opportunity for Ringholt to revisit the site of his 2001 performance work On Wednesday I stood with toilet paper hanging from my pants.

In november 2017 S​tuart Ringholt culminated​ his residency at Monash University Prato Centre opening his studio to the public. In the artist’s studio three works were displayed:

Theatre Stills, a series of collages realized by the artist using Italian print media from the sixties and seventies sourced in Prato from the many second hand stores and markets. The series includes images from art, architecture, fishing and alpine landscape publications repurposed to create ‘sketch images’ of a fictional theatre.

Interiors and Abstracts also utilize Italian print media but from a later period, the eighties. In Interiors the artist merges images from Siena archeological digs, Lombardy alpine regions and Tuscan interiors to create surrealist outcomes. In Abstracts Stuart provides alternative narratives by removing completely the original object photographed and replacing it with an ‘after-image’.

Theatre Stills, Interiors and Abstract will be exhibited at the Milani Gallery (Brisbane) in April 2018 and at the Neon Parc gallery (Melbourne) in May 2018.

The artist was present in his studio and visitors had the opportunity to know more about his work, the creative process and how these artworks were created.






Untitled (clock) 2014 clockwork, tubular bells, world globe,
steel, glass, electronics202 x 280 x 100cm collection MCA Sydney