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Stephen Nova

The Architectural Uncanny


Stephen Nova The Architectural Uncanny 8 - 23 Mar 2013

Hill Smith Gallery 113 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000 www.hillsmithgallery.com.au tel: 08 8223 6558


Artist Statement

The Architectural Uncanny ‘The condition of a sense of familiarity and estrangement from one’s own home’. A.Vldlers, 1996

In a global age of increasing uncertainty and economic instability, it has brought into focus the transient nature of our urban experience and the sometimes fragile foundations upon which our homes rest. As a result a type of ‘cultural nomadism’ was born. The catalyst for the current group of paintings came in a form of an old wooden desktop loom passed onto me from a friend. The history and associated meanings of domestic life and the way we weave the very fabric of our own lives, permeated the small wooden loom. This very humble object began to raise questions of the psychological and physical associations connected to the ideas and meaning of ‘home’. As a result the work developed an architectural vocabulary. The paintings themselves function as architectural sketches as a means of planning and imagining new built environments. Combining domestic objects that contain intimate meaning with architectural forms and playing with scale and proportion, new amorphous structures are created, invoking a sense of movement and change. Creating new perceptions normally associated with objects and things that are familiar offers the opportunity of a new set of social relationships connected to time and space, dreams and memory, language and signs. Presenting these forms within an imaginative or surrealist space, the structures and objects take on a new level of meaning by their morphological treatment. As a result a new level of reality is created that moves away from the simple feeling of fantasy, allowing the viewer to actively participate within the space and discover new meanings in things that are normally familiar to us in our everyday lives.

Stephen Nova 2013


House and Garden 2013 oil on canvas 112 x 122 cm


The Memory Cathedral 2013 oil on canvas 112 x 122 cm


An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place 2013 oil on primed paper 57 x 76 cm


The Family Haven 2013 oil on primed paper 57 x 76 x cm


Loom 2012 oil on canvas 112 x 122 cm


Upstairs to the Sea 2012 oil on canvas 112 x 122 cm


BIOGRAPHY STEPHEN NOVA 1970 Born Perth Western Australia, currently resides in Melbourne Education 1999

Certificate of Museum Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

1994 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia Solo Exhibitions

2013

Forthcoming Exhibition, fortyfive downstairs gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2011

‘Inception’, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2009 ‘Invisible Cities’, fortyfive downstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2005 Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia 2003 Greenhill Galleries, Perth, Australia 2002 The Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth, Australia 2000 Perth Galleries, Perth, Australia 1996 Perth Galleries, Perth, Australia Two Person Exhibitions 2013

Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

Group Exhibitions 2012

Harrison Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2007 Salt Contemporary Art, Queenscliff, Victoria 2003 ‘Out from Down Under and Beyond’, Agora Gallery, New York 2003 ‘Fresh Paint’, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, Australia 2002 Greenhill Galleries, Perth, Australia 2001 Art01, Perth Art Fair, Fremantle, Australia 2000

‘Flash Exposure’, S.E.A. Gallery, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

1996 ‘Off the Rails’, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Australia 1995

‘Hatched’, National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia


Awards/Commissions 2005 Troy Resources London 2003

Artflight Grant, ArtsWA. Department of Culture & the Arts, Western Australia

2002

Talijancich Winery, Swan Valley, Perth, Australia Commissioned to produce drawings and paintings for new wine labels

2001

Old Swan Brewery Redevelopment (Apartments) Commissioned to produce 17 paintings

1997 Rockwork Australia Commission, Environmental Art Design 1996

General Projects Grant from ArtsWA, Department of Culture & the Arts, Western Australia

1994

Selected to represent Edith Cowan University at the National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia

Collections Seychelles Consulate, New York Troy Resources London Troy Resources N.L., Perth, Australia Tribeca Australia King Edward Hospital Swan Brewery Apartments, Perth, Australia Federal Government Parliamentary Offices, Exchange Plaza Building, Australia Federal Government Parliamentary Offices, Department of Veteran Affairs, Australia Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers, Perth, Australia GIO Building, Perth, Australia Canning College, Perth, Australia Private Collections in Australia, U.S.A., United Kingdom

Contact www.stephennova.com stephennovaart@yahoo.com.au


Stephen Nova Chapel Studio Surrey Hills, Melbourne 2013


The Architectural Uncanny  

Recent paintings by Stephen Nova 2013

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