BONITA ELY

EXHIBITIONS

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

 

Public Art Projects

 

2010 Thunderbolt Permanent installation, South Broken Hill, initially for Desert Equinox, Australia’s first solar art exhibition. Organised by the Environmental Research Initiative for Art)ERIA), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in collaboration with the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

 

2010 Thunderbolt Jacaranda Park, Sydney Olympic Park to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the beginning of the Sydney Olympics.

 

2006 Lake Thunder.

Public sculpture commission, 4th International Sculpture Symposium, Hue , Vietnam.

LOCATION Thuy Tien Lake, Thien An, Hue, Vietnam.

Tube steel, photovoltaic paint; 6 metres high.

The zig-zag graphics of the sculpture, Lake Thunder quotes the symbol for loud sound or pain in comics, danger and electricity, as well as thunder & lightning, its dynamic shape signifying energy and life. That it’s coming out of the Earth rather than the sky is integral to the meaning of the work.

The sculpture glows in the dark – a sceptre of the Earth’s energies at night.

The title, “Lake Thunder” brings the sculpture’s site into focus as an essential aspect of the work. The conjunction of lake and thunder also refers to traditional Taoist philosophical principals:

“THUNDER stands for our true essence, LAKE stands for our true sense, WATER stands for our real knowledge, and FIRE stands for our conscious knowledge. These four are the true ‘four forms’ inherent in us.”

[from the Inner Teachings of Taoism, Chang Po-Tuan, Shambala Books, 1986]

 

2002  Longevity: Scissors and Sickles

Public sculpture commission, 3rd International Sculpture Symposium: Hue, Vietnam. LOCATION: City Hall, Hue, Vietnam.

Sand caste bronze; 1.2M diam. X 2.2 M H.

This work is an interpretation of a Chinese character, dearly loved in Vietnam, that signifies longevity. It is made of scrap metal, including shrapnel recycled from the Vietnam War, to caste scissors sold in Hue’s market place, made by local blacksmiths. They are different shapes and sizes, from huge shears to tiny nail scissors and are associated with women’s work. The sickles are also made by local blacksmiths, and used by all to harvest rice.

The form’s structure is based on the tensile strength of a three dimensional lattice.

 

1998  Light House

Public sculpture commission, architectural folly. 1st International Sculpture Symposium: Hue, Vietnam.

LOCATION: Playground of the Children’s Cultural Centre, Le Loi Street, Hue.

Brick, reinforced concrete, ceramic, paint. Approx. 5.5 metres high, 1.5 metres diameter. Built using traditional Vietnamese building methods and materials.

The form is based on commonly seen hat stacks in the Hue district. Three one metre high arches open into a child size, “cubby” with a perforated, conical roof. The drum-like internal space acts as an acoustic chamber that collects sounds from the surrounding environment. Overhead, bands of ever changing, natural light and shadow create an unexpected light show in the cone’s interior.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2013

Milani Gallery, Brisbane

 

2011

Three Rivers, photography, drawing, performance documentation. Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

 

2010

Murray River Punch, performance documentation (1980). National Gallery of Victoria

 

2009

The Murray’s Edge, (solo), photographic series, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

 

The Murray’s Edge, (solo), photographic series, COFAspace gallery, College of Fine Arts, Sydney. PhD examination presentation.

 

The Murray’s Edge, (solo), Ocular Lab, Melbourne.

 

2008

The Murray’s Edge, Milani Gallery, Brisbane. New photographs (2007. 2008), and historical material – works on paper, photography and performance documentation from the Murray River Project since 1977.

 

2005

Wildlife Documentary, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland. Video, photographs, drawings, sculpture.

 

2004

Wildlife Documentary, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Installation of works on paper and videos.

 

2003

Bonsai Landscape Installation for the Australian exhibition, Outside Inside: fragments in place, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

 

2001

Inside Mawson’s Sleeping Bag: the Poetics of Heroism. Photography and text.

 

Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

 

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

 

Stills Gallery, Sydney

 

2000

Inside Mawson’s Sleeping Bag: the Poetics of Heroism, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

 

1999

Juggernaut Asian Biennale of Contemporary Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Customs House, Sydney, Juggernaut

 

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Juggernaut

 

1998

Light House [see above] Public commission, 2nd International Sculpture Symposium, Hue, Vietnam.

 

1997 1968

Installation for, Artists In The House! Elizabeth Bay House Contemporary Art Installation Program, Elizabeth Bay House, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney

 

Melbourne Festival. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Juggernaut

 

1995

Solo exhibition, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

 

1994

“Sleeper’s Ties 111” – Highways Gallery, 2 part installation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

“Sleeper’s Ties 11” – New Gallery, 2 part installation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

One Person exhibition, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

 

1993

“Sleepers/Ties 1″ Urban intervention near Olympic Boulevard and 17th Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.

 

1992

Histories, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

 

Histories, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

 

1991

“We Live To Be Surprised”, Performance Space, Sydney

 

1987, 88. 89, 90, 92,

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

 

1987

Phototropic, Performance Space, Sydney

Lake Benanee paintings, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney

 

1986

“Dogwoman Makes History”, performance, First Draft, Sydney

 

1985

The Murray River Project, Performance Space, Sydney

 

1984 1984,

Supreme Court Building, George Street, Sydney. Shop front installation of pinhole cameras

 

Avago, Sydney. 1984 surveillance piece

 

1983

Controlled Atmosphere, performative installation, Artspace, Sydney

 

1983

The Murray River Project, Adelaide Arts Centre

 

Solo exhibition, Praxis, Freemantle, WA

 

Jabiluka UO2, Praxis, Freemantle, WA

 

 

1981

Mt Feathertop Project, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

 

Murray River Punch, performance, Rundle Street Mall, Adelaide. Experimental Art Foundation residency

 

1979, 80, 81

Art Projects, Melbourne: Mount Feathertop panoramic drawings; Mount Feathertop wall hanging, Autumn

 

1981

(Funded by Australia Council) Mt Feathertop Project, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

 

1979

(Funded by Australia Council) Mt Feathertop Project, Art Projects, Melbourne

 

1975

At Home With The Locust People, installation, West Street Gallery, Sydney

 

1969

Student solo exhibition, Prahran College of Fine Arts, Melbourne

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2014

On Return and What Remains, Artspace

From Interior Decoration

 

2012

101 Contemporary Australian Artists, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria

 

Agent Orange Benefit, Mori Gallery, Sydney. Raised +$25,000. Ecology 101: Bottlebrush, photograph

 

Volume One: the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Documentation of Murray River Punch, Dogman series, Controlled Atmosphure, Jabiluka UO2

 

Excavation, Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park. Murray River Grids.

 

2011

A Different Temporality, Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], Melbourne. Photography, 1977; video of the 1980 Murray River Punch performance; etchings; publication, Murray/Murundi pub. EAF, 1981

 

Buffer Zone, Sydney Olympic Park Armory Gallery, Sydney. Reverb, Site specific sound installation. An Environmental Research Initiative for Art project (ERIA), COFA

 

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011. Museum of Contemporary Art satellite exhibition, the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Artist’s box from Austauch/Exchange (collaboration with Marr Grounds, 1982)

 

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011. National Museum of Contemporary Art. Seoul, Korea

 

Perspectiktiva, COFAspace. Screening, Shock & Awe: Chookwoman’s Tour of the Georges River Headwaters. PowerPoint

 

2010

In the Balance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Printmaking, performance, book (Murray/Murundi), photography from 1977 to 2008, from the Murray River series

 

River, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Cambelltown, NSW. Commission. Photography and an edition of postcards

 

The Challenged Landscape, UTS Gallery. Photography and performance of Murray River Punch: the 21st Century. Curator, Sandy Edwards

 

Cry Me a River, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University. Drawing and photography on a Chinese- style scroll regarding the proposed Tillegra Dam

 

To Give Time to Time, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide. Murray River Punch and Murray River Punch: the 21st Century performance screenings

 

To Give Time to Time, Mildura Palimpsest, Mildura, Victoria. Murray River Punch and Murray River Punch: the 21st Century performance screenings

 

2009

Artists’ Ink, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, Victoria. Printmaking acquired for the Warrnambool Art Gallery collection through the Henri Warland Art Prize

 

2008

When You Think About Art, Ewing and George Paton Galleries, Melbourne University. Image and text

 

Heat: Art and Climate Change, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Photography and performance documentation of Murray River Punch

 

2007

Five by Five, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. “Heinous Experiments”, Email Art , Collaboration with Peter Hill

 

2007

Artists’ Ink, printmaking acquired for the Warrnambool Art Gallery collection through the Henri Warland Art Prize. Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool, Victoria

 

Christmas Show, Milani Gallery, Brisbane [formally Bellas Milani Gallery]

 

2006

The Cleveland Street Project. A group exhibition to mark the passing of Cleveland Street as the location of Performance Space, funded by the Australia Council, and the NSW Ministry for the Arts

 

World Wild Life Documentary An installation of video, email art assemblage, bobby pin works and Chinese brush and ink paintings explores our nature as a species, rather than as a privileged human being. The installed works on paper are a graphic, temporal equivalent of the videos, describing in time and space a nuanced examination of our habitat

 

Procession, Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photographic assemblages

 

George Petelin Gallery, Southport. Works on paper

 

Concept presentation, Glebe Point Road Public Sculpture Project, Glebe Town Hall

 

2005

National Sculpture Prize. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 

States of Transformation, COFA Gallery, UNSW

 

2004

EveN, Mildura Arts Centre, Lake Benanee, painting

 

2003

This was the Future: Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and Today, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

Reverb, Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

Outside In, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. Installation, Infrastructure 2620BR

 

2002

Fieldwork  Inaugural exhibition of Federation Square’s Ian Potter Centre for Australian art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

Hue An installation of works on paper, 4A Gallery, Sydney, with Glen Clark, Sue Peddley and Gail Kenny

 

Border Panic  Performance Space and Museum Of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Installation, Bluey and Curley Conducts the Children’s Choir

 

3 Foot Square, COFA, with Marr Grounds, Tony Coleing, Shayne Higson. Sculpture. Bain Marie

 

2001

Histories in the Making, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. Photo assemblage

 

2000

Spitting and Biting, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. Assemblage of prints and drawing

 

1999

We Are Australian, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne [travelling]. Artist’s book, Hold

 

Shifting Currents: College of Fine Arts Faculty, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales. Sculpture

 

1998

Co-Existence: Australian Artists Against Racism, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

 

Collaboration with Pulpuru Davies. Assemblage

 

Private Parts, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. Installation

 

The Acid Test, Project Space, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, (RMIT). Printmaking

 

1997

Gift For India, Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust, Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay. Sculpture

 

1996

Parking, Casula Power House, Casula, Sydney. Paper sculpture, Lila and De Witt’s Patent Digestive System

 

1996

“The River”, travelling (cont.), Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale

 

1995

Salon des Refusés 1995, S.H.Irvine Gallery, Sydney

 

“Girls Girls Girls”, women’s show to mark the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations, Year of the Woman. Annandale Galleries, Sydney. Also Orange Regional Gallery

 

The Murray River Regional Art Gallery, Victoria. Travelling to the following regional galleries:

Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt. Gambier, S.A.

Shepperton Art Gallery, Victoria

Albury Regional Art Centre, Victoria

 

“Eveolution”, Group exhibition of Australian women artists from the permanent collection, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, N.S W.

 

“Out Of The Box”, group sculpture exhibition travelling to the following regional galleries across Australia, 1994 - 1995:

Nolan Gallery, Canberra, A.C. T.

Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W.

Mildura Arts Centre, Vic.

Benalla Art Gallery, Vic.

Geraldton Art Gallery, W.A.

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, W.A.

Bunbury Art Galleries, W.A. “Out of the Box”, -

Campbelltown City Art Gallery, N.S.W.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W.

 

1994

“”5 Women Artists from Bellas Gallery”, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland

 

The Women’s Show, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

 

“25 Years of Performance Art in Australia”; an historical survey exhibition of performance art and documentation travelling to the following galleries:

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne

 

1993

Spirit Level. Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne.

“Virtu”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

 

1992

We Live to be Surprised, installation, “Unfamiliar Territory”, Adelaide Biennial of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia

 

1990

We Live to be Surprised, “Art Dock”, Noumea, New Caledonia

 

1989

We Live to be Surprised, “In Transit”, Canterbury, UK

 

We Live to be Surprised, “In Transit”, Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

Australian Prints, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

 

1988

Bicentennial Print Portfolio, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

 

Fired Earthwork, Adelaide Arts Festival. Visual art curator, Louise Dauth

 

1985

Dogwoman Makes History, Making Appearances, Charlottenberg Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, curated by Gary Sangster, Artspace, for the 5th International Theatre Festival, Copenhagen, June 1985

 

Homage, Sculpture exhibition curated by Stephanie Britton. South Australian College of the Arts, Adelaide, South Australia

 

Untitled, Homage, artist’s book. Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Work on paper, sawdust fired ceramics, photocopies

 

1983

Continuum, Survey of Australian Art, G Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

Controlled Atmosphere. Performance. Anzart, Hobart, Tasmania

 

AustachExchange (collaboration with Marr Grounds), installation. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

 

1982

Birth of daughter, Marina Charlotte Grounds Ely

 

Dogwoman Communicates with the Younger Generation, .Performance Festival, Kunsterhaus Bethanien, West Berlin

 

Austach/Exchange (collaboration with Marr Grounds), installation. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien,

West Berlin

 

1981

1st Australian Sculpture Triennial, Latrobe University, Melbourne. Shelter, outdoor installation, cloth, rope, tent pegs. Canada. Australia/Canada Artist Exchange

 

Harbourfront, Toronto, Canada. Australia/Canada Artist Exchange. Landscapes: Australia Canada. Outdoor installation, clay, sand, cloth.

Earthworks, Baja California, Mexico

 

Jabiluka UO2, Orange Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W.

 

1980

Murray River Punch, performance, George Paton and Ewing Gallery, Melbourne University. Women at Work, a festival of women’s performance art

 

ACT 1: Performance and Participatory Art, Australian National University Arts Centre, Canberra; Jabiluka UO2

 

The Security Show, George Paton & Ewing Galleries, University of Melbourne. HQ, installation

 

15 Sculptors (travelling) The Murray River. Handmade paper, etchings, earth.

Work exhibited at:

National Gallery of Victoria

The Benalla Art Gallery

Warrnambool Art Gallery

Hamilton City Gallery

McClelland Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery

Mildura Art Gallery

 

Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

 

3+3+9, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

Bread Line, Anzart, Christchurch, New Zealand. Performance

 

1979

Jabiluka UO2, performance, Preston Institute of Technology, Melbourne Performance event

 

1978

The Women’s Show, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

 

The Map Show, George Paton & Ewing Galleries, University of Melbourne. Life Is Full of Situations, coloured etching

 

Seventh Sculpture Triennial, Mildura. Preserves, 1977. Floor piece with photographs and found objects. Mount Feathertop- A Wilderness Area: Part A, 1978. Papier mache model of Mount Feathertop, drawings, maps, photography (slide show)

 

Seventh Sculpture Triennial, Mildura. Profile of Australian Women Sculptors 1860 – 1960. Prepared for the Women’s Art Register Extension Project with Anna Havana. Slide show with publication

 

Jabaluka UO2, Act 1: Performance and Participatory Art, Australian National University Arts Centre, Canberra (Nov)

 

1977

Women’s Postal Event; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, drawing for Lip magazine

 

The Money Show, George Paton & Ewing Galleries, University of Melbourne. Money Tree Seed (with Margaret Bell)

 

1976

Three Statements on Environment, George Paton & Ewing Galleries, University of Melbourne. Installation, C20th Mythological Beasts: at Home with the Locust Family

 

Post Object Show, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide. Installation, C20th Mythological Beasts: at Home with the Locust Family

 

1975

The Grid Show, George Paton & Ewing Galleries, University of Melbourne. 108 Reflections, quilt

 

1972

Two person exhibition with Margaret Bell, Cylon Tea Centre Gallery, London. Installation

 

1969

Group student exhibition, Prahran College of Fine Arts. Melbourne