DAN

MCDONNELL

Dan McDonnell's work highlights the materiality of today's digital screens and display technologies in order to bring attention to their corporeal effects. The intense 'opticality' characteristic of today's display devices is referenced through McDonnell's use of the moiré pattern, which featured significantly in the Op Art movement of the 1950s and '60s. McDonnell employs the moiré pattern not only for its optical effects, but also for its capacity to form spatial relationships with viewers. The body was the 'blind spot' in Op art's fetishization of visuality, becoming symbolic of its technological optimism. In McDonnell's work, this mode of engagement is situated within the context of contemporary digital culture, bringing attention to how ubiquitous screen-based technologies control the body by enchanting the eye.

 

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Dan was selected to exhibit in the 2015 Hatched National Graduate Show held at PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. He was the winner of the 2014 National Campus Art Prize for painting and was granted the Kaske Memorial Fellowship allowing him to travel and work in Berlin and Munich. More recently Dan has been confirmed for his PhD research at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW.

 

 

 

 

Dan McDonnell

 

1983 Born Adelaide, South Australia

 

 

Education

 

2018 - PhD Candidature Confirmed

 

2017 - PhD Australian Post Graduate Award

 

2015 - BVA (Honours) Southern Cross University, NSW

 

 

Awards

 

2016 - Finalist - Albany Art Prize, WA

 

2016 - Granted - Kaske Memorial Fellowship (Visited Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Munich)

 

2015 - Finalist Clifton’s Art Prize, QLD

 

2015 - Winner - SCU Honours Exhibition, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

 

2015 - Finalist – Hatched – PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art), WA

 

2014 - Winner - National Campus Art Prize, University of NSW

 

2014 - Granted - Uni Life Award for Excellence in the Arts

 

2014 - Finalist - Winsor and Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris Start Your Studio Scholarship

 

2014 - Finalist - Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Painting, QLD

 

2013 - Winner - Bentley Art Prize – Emerging Artist, Painting

 

2013 - Highly Commended - Bentley Art Prize – Painting

 

2012 - Highly Commended - Coraki Art Prize – Painting

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019 - Data Streams - Lismore Regional Gallery

 

2015 - Touch Screen, Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2018 - Catalogue.jpeg ::New Works by Lars Borgdorff

 

2017 - Second Dimension Group Show, Temp ARI, Byron Bay

 

2015 - Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, (PICA) Curated by Nadia Johnson

 

2015 - Abstract Wonder, Grafton Regional Gallery, Curated by Dr. Wes Hill

 

2014 - National Campus Art Prize, UNSW

 

 

Reviews

 

2019 - Art Almanac - Data Streams - Lismore Regional Gallery

 

2015 - Hatched National Graduate Show - PICA

 

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