Stephen Haley
 
  • Introduction

  • Bio

  • Exhibitions

BACK TO THE FUTURE

The Australian artist Stephen Haley bridges the discoveries of the Renaissance with the twenty-first century. The concept of the vanishing point and thus central perspective was the beginning of the development of the modern, technology-dominated world of imagery. In early Renaissance vedute, the buildings of spatially well-ordered cities were viewed with a sober gaze. Haley constructs a congenial image of the strictly ordered structures of the worlds in which we live and work today. With the help of 3D technology he is able to create seductive illusions, which he simultaneously interrupts with repetitions and insertions of real urban panoramas. It is the visual art of interstice that allows the modern world to appear in well organized basic themes. Haley’s works, which he calls “virtual photographs,” are scientifically based, visual commentary on current and future developments.

Haley has a doctoral degree from the University of Melbourne, where he teaches art history. In his academic work he has dealt extensively with the concepts of society and reflection. His ideas and designs today assume a network that encompasses the internet and other networks and dependencies of modern man: “As the mesh envelops us all, it has the capacity to restrict but also to connect us all within its net. It is capable of oppression as well as giddying beauty – it depends on the operator.”

True space is, in Haley’s words, increasingly designed according to models in virtual space. “The mirror has become the metasign for our age. We occupy a historical point where the real has vanished into simulation.” The scholar’s theses find their congenial correlation in his almost unsettlingly beautiful images of a determined future.

Horst Klöver
Stephan Haley was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1961. He studied art, history, and philosophy at the Victorian College of Arts and at the University of Melbourne, where he also received his doctoral degree for the work Mirror as Metasign: Contemporary Culture and the Mirror Land.

Awards (Selection)

2006Australia Council Visual Arts Board Overseas Studio Residency, Los Angeles, USA
 R & M McGivern Acquisitive Prize for Painting
2004ANZ Visual Art Scholarship
1998Deacons Graham and James/Arts 21 Award
1996Pat Corrigan Award, NAVA/Australia Council
1995Pat Corrigan Award, NAVA/Australia Council
1993Christine Abrahams Award for Painting, VCA


Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2008 Projected Worlds, Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia
Place into Space, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2007Selected Video Works: Stephen Haley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2006Mesh, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Projector, 18th Street Arts Centre, Los Angeles, USA
2005After Reflection, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Metamorph, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2004Reverb, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003Super Natural, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2002New Estate & Nature Strips, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2000Echolalia, Level 11 Gallery, Ashton, Raggat and MacDougall, Melbourne, Australia
1998We Don’t Live Here, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997Echo, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1995West Space, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
1994Residua, Linden Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia


Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2008Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, Australia
 Macarthur Cook Painting Prize, FortyFiveDownstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
When I think about Art, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia
2007Penelope Davis, Stephen Haley, Joyce Khol, Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, USA
The Director’s Lounge 2007 Contemporary Art and Media, Berlin, Germany
U-Turn, Glendale Art College Gallery, Glendale, Los Angeles, USA
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC
Maroondah City Council Collection Highlights, Maroondah Art Gallery, VIC
Macarthur Cook Painting Prize, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne, Australia
Living Elvis, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2006Random Access, curated by Robert Lindsay, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria
Resistance is Futile, VCA Gallery, Victoria
Melbourne Reign, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reunion, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria
World Year of Physics Art Prize, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Savage Club Invitation Prize, Savage Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Industrial Strength, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2004The Spirit of Football, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Sigraph, Super Computing Conference, Pittsburgh, USA
ANZ Visual Art Fellowship, ANZ Bank Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Young Collectors, Michael Carr Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Spring, Michael Carr Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
FloraNova, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Boogie, Jive and Bop, Curator Malcom Bywaters, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
2003The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC
Glacier, Curators Darren Wardle and Suzanne Davies, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales
Queensland Art Museum, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland
Boogie, Jive and Bop, Curator Malcom Bywaters, Launceston Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania
Hobart School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania
Red Spot Special, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Hallelujah, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney
2002Suburban Echo (Stephen Haley, Howard Arkley, Alex Danko, Darren Wardle; Curator Robert Lindsay), McClellan Regional Gallery, Mornington
Home Front, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
Third Nature, Michael Carr Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Recent Acquisitions 1999 – 2002, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, Victoria
Clear Seeing, UMPA Art Prize Exhibition, Span Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Innovation Exhibition, Innovation: Arts-Media-Design National Symposium Part 2, The VCA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2001Glacier, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Here There  Elsewhere: Suburban Themes, Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Office of Utopic Procedures, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2000A Brush With Death, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1999The Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship 1999, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
A Four Art, Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
1998Deacons Graham and James/ Arts 21 Award, Museum of Art, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Stable, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
Diversity, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre of Art and Design, Churchill
A-4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
Talk Artists Run Space, Melbourne, Australia
Pinoak Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997Deacons Graham and James/ Arts 21 Award, Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Whim: Humour in Art, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Autumn Show, La Trobe St. Gallery, Melbourne.
Christ I’m Pissed Off, Stop 22 Gallery, Fringe Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Work, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
A-4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
1996See Spot Run, Next Wave Festival, Temple Studios, Melbourne, Australia
Shifting Ground: Moonee Valley Invitation Art Prize, City of Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia
100 Years of Footy, The Artist’s Garden, Melbourne, Australia
A-4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
1995Destinazione - Arte: Platform Artists Exchange Exhibition, Villa Spinola, Genova, Italy
Rupert Bunny Foundation Selected Artists Exhibition, City of Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia
Save Albert Park Nine by Five Invitation Exhibition, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
ArtWorkz 7, 101 Collins St Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
A-4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
1994Power and Site, Next Wave Festival, Gallery Gecko, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Out West, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
Endangered Species, Linden Gallery, St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
The Room Outside, Argyle St. Studios Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
A-4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
1993Slide, Gertrude St Gallery, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Small Works, Fitzroy St. Gallery, St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
Young Melbourne Artists, Leonard Joel’s’ Auctions, Melbourne, Australia
1992ArtWorkz Four, 101 Collins St  Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Mass Hang, Deutscher Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Daventry Art Prize,  Monash Studios, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
1991All Stock Must Go, Swanston St. Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
First National Student Art and Design Show, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia
RMIT Graduate Show, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
1990Verisimilitudes, Swanston St Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia


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