Australian Contemporary Art

Brenden French

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It is extremely satisfying working with glass in its molten state. It is immediate and
spontaneous yet I am increasingly aware of a historical relevance for its function. My blown vessels concentrate more on technical dexterity and colour applications than on constructing narratives. My aim with this work is to be playful in personalising technique.
It’s a totally different thing when working with glass cold, but no less
satisfying. Introducing kilnforming and casting processes is invigorating the scope of my
practice. Time is stretched in a very different thread. I recognise the true evolution of my commitment lies here.

When I return to the archive of my practise what I feel is an honesty that embraces
difference, without seeking repetition. Over time though I can connect an aesthetic
determination and conceptual focus, but the construction of the work can be resolutely
isolated.

At this pivot, where past and present combine, an essential beauty is found in the development of a personal identity that is both effective and evolutionary in will. I am deeply committed to the process involved in realising a conceptual diameter. It’s taking a long time but I am slowly coming to understand the material in many ways.

Thoughts on human behaviour and character have been the constant foundation for what I
explore in my work. Through issues of human destructiveness and mortality, necessity and
sacrifice, I have been seeking verification.

The artefact of this inquiry is firmly grounded in the materiality of the studio, of the daily routine, in the art of living. I am fascinated by paradox and I am at times overwhelmed by beauty, I spend hours contemplating the relationship between things in order to clarify the absurdities of transitional permanence. I examine hazards to connectivity.
In the real and in the imaginary, my work has patiently evolved. As my understanding of the material develops so too does my relationship to the world. And it is a very colourful place.

EDUCATION

2003 BA (Vis) Honours Canberra School of Art ANU

1998-1999 Associate of Design – Glass Studio: Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design

1997 Bachelor of Visual Arts – Glass: Sydney College of the Arts

SELECTED GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Perspectives Interior Exterior Kirra Galleries Melbourne AUS

2013 Links – Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA

2013 Designing Craft Crafting Design40 Years of Jamfactory National Tour AUS

2013 Ten Squared – Canberra Glassworks AUS

2013 Landscape – Masters of Glass Sabbia Gallery AUS

2012 Beyond Tradition-Contemporary Glass in a Museum Environment- Northlands Creative Glass UK

2012 Directors Choice Kirra Gallery Melbourne AUS

2012 Waterhouse Art Prize – South Australian Museum Adelaide AUS

2012 Transparency Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Adelaide AUS

2012 Futures Pass Remains – Solo – Beaver Galleries Canberra AUS

2011 SOFA Chicago Beaver Galleries USA

2011 Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist – AUS

2011 Master Glass BMGART Adelaide AUS

2011 Open Negative Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS

2010 SOFA Chicago Beaver Galleries USA

2010 Future’s Pass and other short stories Solo Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Adelaide AUS

2010 The Sum of Parts Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS

2010 Imago Gallery Palm Desert California USA

2009 Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist – AUS

2009 Collect09 – Glass Artists Gallery – Saatchi Gallery – London UK

2009 Look Forward – William Traver Gallery Tacoma Washington USA

2009 Whitehot – Asialink touring show – Gallery of Art and Design Silpakom University Bangkok Thailand Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts Hanoi Kaohsjung Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan

2008 In Essence – The Stephen Procter Legacy Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS

2008 Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist AUS

2007 Artefact of the Accident – Predator. Solo Show Canberra Glassworks Canberra ACT AUS

2007 Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist

2007 Artefact of the Accident Solo Show Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Adelaide AUS

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2013 ArtsSA Independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2011 ArtsSA independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2009 ArtsSA independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2007 The Stephen Procter Fellowship

2007 Canberra Glassworks – Artist in Residence

2007 Northlands Creative Glass – Artist in Residence – Scotland

2007 Australian National University – Artist in Residence Glass Workshop

2001 Lino Tagliapietra International Scholarship – Pilchuck Glass School Seattle

2001 The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award

2000 Emerging Artist Project Development Grant ArtsSA

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