CASUAL LIBRARY ASSISTANT
6 – 29 SEPT 2007
WHAT'S practice has encompassed painting, performance, sculpture and installation and often critiques the role of art and the artist in contemporary society. His work draws on his own life, popular culture, art, music, politics and religion – often provoking controversy as well as humour. Indeed, as Sebastian Smee (formerly of the Australian, currently Boston Globe) remarked in 2007, “what is fearless.”
A key aspect to what’s work is interrogating the limits of materials and his diverse use of (sometimes unconventional) materials was demonstrated in What: Large Art 1720 – 2009, what’s survey exhibition held at the National Art School in 2009. At the show, Mike Parr declared that what’s Instrument for Measuring the Universe 2002-2004 “one of the masterpieces of Australian art.”
WHAT graduated from the National Art School, Sydney and holds and Master of Arts from the University of Western Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at National Art School, Campbelltown Art Centre, Wollongong City Gallery and Gallery 9 in Sydney, and Block Projects, Melbourne. what has participated in group exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Wollongong City Gallery, Firstdraft Gallery, and MOP Projects as well as internationally. He has been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and won the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award in 2002. In addition, what has participated in artist residencies in Basel, Switzerland; Wollongong City Gallery, and at the Arts NSW Gunnery Studio Residency, Sydney. In 2012 what curated Near Earth Art at the Wollongong City Art Gallery and has featured in exhibitions including ‘And his wife’ at MOP Projects (May 2012) as well as the 18th Biennale of Sydney satellite exhibition, Transmission currently exhibited at the Campbelltown Arts Centre and ‘Contemporary Painting’ staged by Gallery 9 at fortyfivedownstair in Melbourne (May 2013).