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.




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 held at COFA as well as the Kaske Memorial Fellowship allowing him to travel and work in Berlin for Gallery Week, and more recently has been confirmed to continue research for his PhD.





Dan McDonnell


1983 Born Adelaide, South Australia





2018 - PhD Candidature Confirmed


2017 - PhD granted APA Australian Post Graduate Award


2015 - Completed BVA (Honours) Southern Cross University, NSW





2016 - Finalist Albany Art Prize, WA


2016 - Winner - Kaske Memorial Fellowship (1 month in Berlin for Gallery Week)


2015 - Finalist Clifton’s Art Prize, QLD


2015 - Winner - SCU Honours Exhibition (judged by Dr Leigh Summers, Director of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery), NSW


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


2014 - Winner - National Campus Art Prize, University of NSW (COFA)


2014 - Granted the 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


2012 - Finalist - Sidewayz Exhibition, Sydney



Solo Exhibitions


2019 - (Upcoming) Exhibition of New Work - 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 (COFA)


2014 - Selected Works, The Channon Gallery, The Channon NSW


2014 - In Cohorts, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW


2013 - Dark Light Terrain, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW


2013 - Myth and Metaphor, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW


2012 - Selected Works, The Channon Gallery, The Channon NSW


2012 - Sidewayz, Global Gallery, Paddington Sydney NSW





2015 Hatched National Graduate Show - PICA