Veronica Kent

  • Artist
  • Melbourne, Australia

Veronica Kent is involved in two parallel practices:

‘The Telepathy Project’ (TP)* is a collaboration between Veronica and Sean Peoples that considers the possibility that telepathy might exist as a starting point to explore a range of interrelated questions on collaboration, intimacy, perception and interpretation. Telepathy serves as both a metaphor and a prompt for the generation of works that have included events made with people from around the world at varying physical distances and degrees of intimacy that have manifested as curatorial projects, lectures, musicals, drawings, paintings, dream experiments, institutional interventions and group happenings.
Veronica’s solo practice incorporates painting, photography, installation and collage to explore narratives and portraits of imaginary characters engaged in moments of wonder and intimacy, with a particular focus on mythologies of love and connection in a familiar context.

BORN
Sydney, Australia, 1970
Lives and works Melbourne, Australia.
Represented by Sarah Scout Presents
Lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts & Music, University of Melbourne

EDUCATION
2012 PhD, University of Melbourne
2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours, Victorian College of the Arts. Vic.

AWARDS, GRANTS and RESIDENCIES
2016 Australia Council, Arts Project Grant
2014 Australia Council, Experimental Art grant (as part of The Unconscious Collective) (TP)*
2014 New Initiatives, the Faculty of VCA & MCM and Department of Premier and Cabinet (TP)
2014 Artbank/Gertrude Contemporary New Work commission (TP)
2013 Australia Council, ArtStart grant
2012-2014 Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist
2009-2012 Australian Post Graduate Award
2011 University of Melbourne CCRAFS funding for research at the Freud Museum London
2011 Melbourne Abroad Traveling Scholarship for research at the Freud Museum Vienna
2011 Australia Council, Barcelona Studio Residency (TP)*
2010 Bundanon Trust Residency (TP)
2008 Arts Victoria Presentation Grant
2008 City of Melbourne Presentation Grant
2007 DOWD Fellowship (Athens Residency)
2007 Janet Holmes a’ Court Grant
2003 KASKE Award

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

2016
SOLO
I Get Nervous At Bulls and Eagles, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, Australia.
GROUP
Angels and Dogs, Room 301 for Spring 1883.

2015
Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey: for ASIALINK.
Spring 1883 for Sarah Scout Presents, Sydney, Australia.
From the Collection: Chapter One, Warrnambool Art Gallery
 + Gertrude Contemporary, Victoria, Australia.
Amber Stones and Green, Kings, Melbourne, Australia.

2014
SOLO
Roman Charity, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
Ghosts, Bakehouse Public Art Paste-up, Melbourne, Australia
STAR PAVILION, (TP) MPavilion, Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens, Melbourne, Australia.
GROUP
Practicing Love Songs, Spring 1883, for Sarah Scout Presents, Windsor Grand Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.
Primavera 2014 (TP) Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Reading Solaris to The Great Moorool, (TP) 2014 Tarrawarra Biennial: Whisper In My Mask Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia
Motel Dreaming, (TP) Dark Mofo, Hobart, Australia.
Framework 1: Extrasensory Bonds, (TP) insitu, Berlin, Germany
Dream Recital, (TP) White Nights, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

2013
SOLO
Dreaming The Arabian Sea, (TP) (en)counters, Mumbai, India
Dream Paintings (TP) Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary
GROUP
“Dreaming The Collection”, (TP) for ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
The Telepathy Project , (TP) remotespace, Barcelona, Spain
Dream Studio, (TP) Gertrude Studio’s 2013 Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2012
SOLO
Funny Face, Ryan Renshaw, Brisbane Australia
The Telepathy Project, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Fold Me, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
GROUP
Ode To Form, West Space, Melbourne, Australia
Gertrude Studio’s 2012 Exhibition Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Small Room with Animals and Humans, MARS Gallery,Melbourne, Australia

2011
GROUP
Material Conversion , (TP) Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
Telepathy and Love, (TP) OZCO Apartment Barcelona, Spain
Fehily Contemporary Opening, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Speech Objects, (TP) Musée de l’Objet, Blois, France
Telepathy and Love, (TP) West Space, Melbourne, Australia
RBS Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
Art for Science, Nellie Castan Melbourne, Australia

2010
SOLO
HeadHunters, Fehily Temporary, Melbourne, Australia
GROUP
Monumental Effect, Death Be Kind, Melbourne Australia
Things I Wish I’d Known, West Space, Melbourne Australia
Melbourne Art Fair, for Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Schadenfreude, TCB, Melbourne, Australia
Structural Integrity, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
TableLampChairBigPainting, Margret Lawrence Gallery, curated by Nicki Wynnychuk, Melbourne, Australia
The Aesthetics of Joy, WestSpace, curated by Bernhard Sachs and Brad Haylock, Melbourne, Australia

2009
GROUP
SUGAFAINT, for Slide , Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, curated by Matthew Shannon, Melbourne, Australia
Seppuku, Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Erotica, Spilioti Projects, Athens, curated by Tessie Spilioti, Athens, Greece
Transformation (TP), Moving Galleries/Creative Spaces, Australia
Once More With Feeling (TP),VCA Margret Lawrence Gallery, curated by Meredith Turnbul, Melbourne, Australia
Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, VCA Margret Lawrence Gallery,Melbourne, Australia

2008
SOLO
The Telepathy Project (TP), for the 2008 Next Wave Festival. Forum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.
Seymour, West Space, Melbourne, Australia
The Prosthetic Animal, CUBE 37, Melbourne, Australia
GROUP
Team Australia, Carlton Hotel, curated by Veronica Tello, Melbourne, Australia
Stand-in, Kings ARI , curated by Kings ARI, Melbourne, Australia
Electromagnetic Imaginary (TP), Spectrum Project Space, Perth, Australia.

2007
GROUP
You Are Probably My Favourite Person In The Whole World (TP), The Academy, curated by Hooray For Humans Long Beach California, USA.
Provisional Investigations (TP), George Paton Gallery, curated by Melanie Irwin, Melbourne, Australia
Geek Chic 2.0 @ Loop, Loop, curated by Alex Gibson, Melbourne, Australia
Athanaeum Club Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia
Electromagnetic Imaginary (TP),AREA Contemporary Art Space, curated by Matthew Shannon, Melbourne, Australia

2006
SOLO
All Night Telepathy Exchange (TP), CUBE 37, curated by Amanda Slacksmith, Melbourne, Australia
Dreamt, CUBE 37, Melbourne, Australia
Telepathy Lecture (TP), Federation Hall, VCA, Melbourne, Australia
WOOD : The Telepathy Project Group Show (TP), IIBL , Melbourne, Australia

2005
SOLO
The Statue Project, CUBE 37, Melbourne, Australia

2004
GROUP
Photography, SPAN , Melbourne, Australia

2003
GROUP
Churchie Prize, Brisbane, Australia

2002
GROUP
Blake Prize Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia

EVENTS WITH A CONSTRUCTED WORLD

2013
The Speakeasy Medicine Show, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne

2010
Fragments In A Constructed World Plausible Artworlds, Basekamp, Philadelphia, USA.
The Speakeasy Medicine Show, Belleville Biennale, Paris, France.
Speech and What Archive,(TP) Y3K Gallery, Melbourne Australia, replayed for Explaining Contemporary Art to Live Eels #6, Double Blind,(TP) Villa Arson for A Constructed World. Nice, France.

2008
Explaining Contemporary Art To Live Eels (TP),in collaboration with ‘Superflou’ as part of the A Constructed World exhibition ‘Saisons Increase’, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France.

2007
Explaining Contemporary Art To Live Eels (TP),(in collaboration with A Constructed World) Increase Your Uncertainty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Mikala Dwyer, PRIMAVERA 2014, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia , Ex Cat. 2014
Djon Mundine & Natalie King, Whisper In My Mask, Tarrwarra Biennial, Ex Cat. 2014
Andrew Stephens, The AGE, Artists Tap Into Hidden Histories 2014
Tracey Clement, Two Heads Are Better Than One, Art Guide 2014 http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/two-heads-are-better-than-one
Anusha Kenny, Ode To Form Innocence and Experience, Ex Cat. West Space 2013
Andrew Stephens, The AGE, , The Telepathy Project: to sleep perchance to dream, to share the dreams that come February 16, 2014
John Neylon, THE MELBOURNE REVIEW, In The Belly Of The Beast February 2014
THREE THOUSAND MELBOURNE NOW, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013
Lauren Bliss, 'A Love Story’ DISCIPLINE #3, 2013
Ray Edgar, Art Guide (cover/feature article), December/January 2013
Prue Gibson, Australian Art Collector, ISSUE 59 January – March 2012
Anna Hess and A Constructed World, ‘Speech Objects’, Ex.Cat. published by Musée de l’Objet, Blois, France. 2012
Un magazine, Artist Page, http://www.unmagazine.org/magazine/issues/issue-6-1/~artist-page-veronica-kent/
video interview WUNCE Magazine http://wuncemag.com/index.php/component/k2/item/45-veronica-kent
Interview with VCA on the occasion of their 40 year anniversary http://blog.vca.unimelb.edu.au/2012/07/02/qa-veronica-kent-artist-and-phd-student/Ann Marsh/Meredith Turnbul/Dylan Rainforth, ‘Once More With Feeling’, Ex Cat. 2009
Melissa Loughnan, ‘Skeptics Vs Mystics’ RUNWAY #14,2009
Rosemary Forde (ed.), Commissioned Artist Pages, unMagazine Issue 2.2, 2008
Jeff Khan, ‘Big, Intimate and Fearless’, REALTIME ISSUE 84 , 2008
Fiona Scott-Norman, ‘Do You See What I See’, THE AGE , May 16, 2008
Anneke Jaspers (ed.),‘The Telepathy Project’ RUNWAY #11, 2008
Edward Colless/Meredith Turnbul, ‘Prosthetic Animals’, Ex Cat. 2008
Leon Goh, ‘The Telepathy Project’ Text Camp Reader,2008
Meredith Turnbul, The Telepathy Project, SPEECH, 2008
Tony Reck, ‘Exotic Intimacies’, REALTIME 86, 2008
Penny Modra, ‘In the Frame’, THE AGE, 2008

Veronica Kent © 2009