John WALLER

Photo: (Above) L to R: Artists David Crouch, John Waller, Adam Wolter, Eugene Carchesio, in conversation at ' A Monochrome Set' exhibition, That Contemporary Art Space, 1986

BIO

John Waller was born in Melbourne in 1954, relocated to Brisbane in 1959, he currently works and lives in Darwin. An artist working today predominately with digital media, John’s current practice focusing on the development of computer animation, video, sound for screen, projection, and installation projects.

 

During the 1980’s and early 1990’s John was an active participant in the Brisbane ARI sector. He co-founded the ARI, That Contemporary Art Space with artist peers including Dianne Heenan, Wayne Smith, Christopher McKimm, Hollie, Yvette Kiorgaard, Brian Doherty and Paul Andrew in February 1985 and at this time was an active member of the founding committee of the Art Workers Union Qld.

In the early 1980s John had an artist studio located on the second floor of the Brisbane Community Arts Centre located in Edward Street. The Brisbane Community Arts centre had long been an important hub for artist DIY activities. John held numerous solo and group exhibitions during that period, including the opening exhibition and the This Work Was collaboration, with artist Brian Doherty and others, both held at That Space in 1985.

 

Related artist-run spaces around that period, John also showed at John Mills Annex, Arch Lane Public Art, and Gallery Brutal, in Brisbane, Rondeau in Sydney, and Coode View in Melbourne. In terms of institutional spaces John showed his work in the Peter Cripps curated group exhibition, Brisbane Hot in 1985 at the IMA, and was an assistant curator at the Random Access exhibition held at MOCA in 1987 then located at South Brisbane.

 

In 2008 John completed a PhD in the School of Art at RMIT, developing entity, an artificial life inspired interactive animated character, to explore interactive engagement and the possibilities an artificial life approach to programming might offer such a character.

 

Today, John is treasurer for the Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA), an ARI in Darwin. In 2009-2013 he was on the Board of Management for J-Studios an artist-run studio and gallery complex in North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

 

For the past two years John has been lecturing in Interactive Digital Media at Charles Darwin University.

Art Practice Keywords:

Digital Media, Video Art, Installation Art

 

Artist Role Keywords:

Visual Artist

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

Qld Artworkers Union, That Contemporary Art Space, Liquorice Lounge, Night On The Tiles

 

Collections:

Various Private Collections

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

CV

 

Education

2000 – 2008

PhD by Project, part-time, School of Art, RMIT, Melbourne

 

1999

Bachelor of Computer Science (First Year), Latrobe University, Melbourne

 

1995 – 96

Advanced Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne

 

1978 – 80

Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (Painting Major)

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2015

12 x 12, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin

 

2014

Electricity, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin

Warp Festival, Darwin Fringe, Happy Yess, Darwin

 

2012

Visible Horizon, AIRY and Fusetsu Galleries, Yamanashi, Japan;

The Library Artspace, J Studios, Melbourne

 

2011

Experimental Sounds Sculptures and Installations,

The Library Artspace, J Studios, Melbourne

 

2010

Plus One 2010, The Library Artspace, J-Studios,

Melbourne, collaboration with Natalie Grant

 

2009

Gulag, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, Melbourne

Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne

 

2008

International Students’ Exhibition, Shanghai Biennale 2008

(exhibition of Phd materials)

Plus One, The Library Artspace, J-Studios, Melbourne,

collaboration with Mary Peacock

 

2006

Siemens Awards, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

 

2003

Modelling Space, Project Space, Building 94, RMIT, Melbourne

 

1998

White Elephant Sale, Grey Area, Melbourne

 

1997

QWERTY: approaches to a digital aesthetic, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

RooF RooF: an evening of dance, movement, machine and images, the roof of KC Parksafe, Cardigan St, Melbourne

 

1996

short, sharp, and very current, Experimenta Media Arts Festival, Lonsdale Street Power Station, Melbourne

CyberFringe, Stop 22, Melbourne

 

1995

Beta Test, New Media Network, Melbourne

Digital Shifts, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland

End of Year Exhibition, Electronic Design and Interactive Media, RMIT, Steps Gallery, Melbourne

 

1993

Media Wave 93, Gyor, Hungary

Fearless, Artestudio, Bergamo, Italy;

Forum “Kunst und Schule”, Gutersloh, Germany

Empty Land, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, England;

Zone Gallery, Newcastle, England

Post, Coode View Gallery, Melbourne

Vitae, Faculty Gallery, Dept. Fine Art, RMIT Melbourne

 

1992

Empty Land, Camerawork Gallery, London;

Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

Reference Points: A New Perspective, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Fact, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane;

Linden, Melbourne

 

1991

Instant Imaging, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

 

1990

SISEA (Second International Symposium on Electronic Art), Gröningen, Netherlands

Scanning the Code, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

Space 90, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane

RSVWWZ, Ausgraph 90, Melbourne;

belowZERO, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Video Art and New Technology Festival, Film and Television Institute, Fremantle

Queensland Images – A Film Festival, Queensland State Library, Brisbane

 

1989

Visual Poetics, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

Random Access, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

 

1988 Axis File, Sites of Dis-Closure, 2B/The Garage, New York City, U.S.A.;

arch lane PUBLIC ART, Brisbane.

 

1985 Brisbane Hot, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Opening exhibition, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

This is THAT, Gladstone Art Gallery, Gladstone

This Work Was, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

 

 

Individual Exhibitions

2012

The River, The Night Screen, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

 

2011

Propeller, The Night Screen, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

 

2007

PhD examination exhibition, School of Art Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne

 

2006

For one night only, Gossard Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne

 

1994

burning . . ., Bartlem Galleries, Brisbane

Video installation, McWhirters shop front window, Valley Mall, Brisbane

 

1992

Recent Drawings, Savode Gallery, Brisbane.

 

1989

The Great Australian Landscape:

Part I, MINI MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

Part II, arch lane Annex, arch lane PUBLIC ART, Brisbane

Part III, arch lane PUBLIC ART, Brisbane

 

1981

Brisbane Community Arts Centre Gallery, Brisbane

 

 

Collaborations

 

1997

Print of a Pulse, dance/performance/installation project, Dance House, Melbourne

 

1991

K/nights in Shining Amour – Part II (The Maiden’s Revenge), with David Crouch, Jacqueline Eyers, and Adam Wolter, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

 

1990

K/nights in Shining Amour, with David Crouch, Jacqueline Eyers, and Tony Moore, Galerie Brutal, Brisbane

 

1985

Something Fishy (A Little Cat Nap), with Adam Wolter, installation, La Boite Theatre Foyer, Brisbane.

Gallery of the Dyslexic Frog, with Tony Moore, gallery/installation/performance/community art project, Public Service workplace, Brisbane

 

1984

Installation, with Ruth Propsting, Art-Space/Street-Space, Art Space Annex, Sydney

 

1983

Sunday Afternoon at the Gallery, Friday Night in the Mall, Sunday Afternoon in the Gardens, series of public performances, Brisbane, with Barbara Allen, Peter Anderson, Barbara Campbell, Maria Filippow, Claudje Lecompte, Ruth Propsting, and Ted Riggs

 

 

Grants and Awards

 

2010

ArtStart, Australia Council, funds to develop business, marketing, and networking tools for a new media art practice

 

2002

Digital Media Fund, Film Victoria. Funds for research and experimentation towards developing a computer-based interactive virtual character

 

1992

Individual Professional Development Program, Arts Division, Queensland Government

 

1989

New Image Research program, the Australian Film Commission and the Queensland Film Development Office

 

 

Bibliography

Johnson, F., “Out of the gulag”, The Age, Friday, April 17, 2009

Zurbrugg, N., “John Waller Interviewed by Nicholas Zurbrugg”, Electronic Arts in Australia, Continuum, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1994, pp. 437-443

Lillington, D., “Southern Crossings/Empty Land”, Time Out, London, August 5-12, 1992

Zurbrugg, N., “Instant Imaging”, Eyeline, No.16, Spring 1991, p 32

Zurbrugg, N., “Random Access”, Eyeline, No.11, Autumn 1990, p 27

Woolcock, P., “Charlotte Street arrives as an art centre”, The Courier Mail, June, 1985

Catalogue, Gulag Studios 1994 – 2009, Sheridan Palmer, Gulag Publishing, 2009

Catalogue, RMIT University Shool of Art Postgraduate Art Research by Project, catalogue for International Students’ Exhibition, Shanghai Biennale 2008

Catalogue, Southern Crossings/Empty Land, Camerawork, London, 1992, pp 11, 67-68

Catalogue, Instant Imaging, Queensland Art Gallery, 1991, pp 6, 8-9

Catalogue, Visual Poetics, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, p 55, 1989

Catalogue, Random Access, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, 1989

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