ORNAMENTAL NOISE paintings + objects
What prompts us to see music in the everyday noise that surrounds us? In this second solo exhibition with Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney artist Connie Anthes looks for meaning in the mundane. This new collection of uncanny paintings and objects explores the phenomenon of pareidolia, or the unprompted seeing of faces and bodies in inanimate objects.
Connie Anthes graduated from the National Art School, Sydney with a Masters of Fine Art (Painting) in 2010. She has had solo shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston, and Leipzig and has work in the collections of Artbank and Bathurst Regional Gallery. She has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Hazelhurst, Hobart, Calleen, Fisher’s Ghost, and the Georgio Armani Commission, and undertaken residencies at Artspace, Hill End and Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon. Anthes continues to be active in the emerging arts community as a past director of Firstdraft – Australia’s longest running artist-run initiative – and she currently sits on the board of Runway experimental art journal.
2008-2010 Masters of Fine Art (Painting). National Art School, Sydney 1996-1999Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) 1st Class Hons, University of Technology, Sydney & Central Saint Martins College of Art, London
2014 (upcoming)NEW WORK (in collaboration with Justin Cooper), ARCHIVE_Space, Sydney2014ORNAMENTAL NOISE, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney2014NEW WORK (in collaboration with Justin Cooper), NANA Contemporary, Newcastle2013LOW RELIEF (curated by Connie Anthes), Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney2012BROKEN SYMMETRIES, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney 2012HE BLINKED BACK, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney2010THE SPACE IN BETWEEN, NAS Project Spaces 1, 2 & 3, Sydney
2013SUPER SIX, curated by Gilbert Grace, DNA Projects, Sydney2013FISHERS GHOST ART PRIZE Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney2013MULTI_GRIP, Articulate Projects, Sydney2013ART ON PAPER PRIZE, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea, NSW2013THE GAMUT, curated by Merle Tonts, New Gallery, Launceston, TAS2013CEMENTA_13 CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL, Kandos, NSW2012METHOD IN MADNESS, curated by Megan Garrett-Jones, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney2012FUTURE SPACES, curated by Lucy Ainsworth, Paper Plane Gallery, Sydney2012PHONETICS, ATVP, Sydney2012CARBON COPY, in collaboration with Alex Jackson-Wyatt, Sawtooth, Launceston TAS201120/20, curated by Jon Frum Art Foundation and Robert Lake, Damien Minton Annex, Sydney2011HOBART ART PRIZE, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, TAS2011D.I.A. (collaboration of Firstdraft directors), MOP Projects, Sydney2011CALLEEN ART PRIZE, Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW2011COLLISIONS, Index Studios, Sydney2010POSTGRADUATE SHOW 2010, NAS Gallery, Sydney2010RESEARCH BEGINNINGS, Stairwell Gallery, Sydney2009FISHERS GHOST AWARD, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney2009ARTIST AT MY TABLE, NAS Gallery, Sydney2009DRAWCARD, NAS Gallery, Sydney2006ANTI-FLAG MACHINE, Brightspace, Melbourne2006THE ANTI-MASCOT PROJECT (as part of NEXTWAVE), Platform2 Gallery, Melbourne2006COPY CAT, International Noise Collective, Sydney
Awards and Residencies
2013Artist in Residence (in collaboration with Justin Cooper), Ceramic Design Studio @ TAFE Gymea2013NSW Artists Grant, Arts NSW2013NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant2011-12ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts 2011Haefliger’s Cottage Residency, Hill End, Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW 2011NAVA Marketing Grant for Emerging Artists2011Artspace Studio Residency, Artspace, Sydney2011Bundanon Trust Residency (group), Bundanon, NSW