Christian Capurro

 

Born 1968 Dampier, Western Australia. Currently resides Melbourne, Australia

 

Education

 

     2004 - 06           

Master of Arts (Media Arts), RMIT University.

     2003                      

Digital Imaging Units, Media Arts Department, RMIT University.

     1993 - 95            

BFA (Printmaking), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University.

     1987 - 89            

Diploma of Photography (Fine Art), Australian College of Photography Art & Communication, Melbourne.

     1986                      

Photographic Studies College, Melbourne.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

     2016

ICEdust, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

     2015

a man held, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

     2014

Slave, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Amateur Prop (films), Milani Gallery, Brisbane

     2013

Bootleg, Breenspace, Sydney

'IS', Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna

     2012

Respiro Bianco shat o Quadrado Azul, Oporto 21.11.2012

     2011

Mouthpiece, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

     2010                

a vacant bazaar (provisional legend), Artspace, Sydney

The Waste of Breath, Light Projects, Melbourne

    2004-05

Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette (collaboration), multiple venues, Melbourne

    2004

Insufferable Nebulae & other couplings, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

    2003                 

Gorgonia, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

    2000                  

White Breath, West Space Inc., Melbourne

    1999                  

Trying to keep more than one thing in your head at any given time (Viva Timor Leste), West Space

Inc., Melbourne

After the deluge, corrections, Temple Studio, Melbourne

Roadside Goods, cityartpublicspace transport shelters, Melbourne

    1998                  

Engorge, Stripp, Melbourne

    1997                  

Cicatrix, Gallery 106 Lt. Lonsdale St., Melbourne

Garnish (a suite of graftings), Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

    

     2018-19          

Devil in the detail, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington

     2017

Less Than: Art and Reductionism, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

An Unorthodox Flow of Images, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

     2015

Propositions: Part 3, Milani Gallery (off-site), Brisbane

Writing Art, Artspace, Sydney

9/11, Moana Project Space, Perth

     2014-15

Taking It All Away: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

     2013

Unbound, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney

     2012-13

Cut with the kitchen knife, Travelling: Melbourne; Wodonga; Morwell; Dubbo; Swan Hill; Maryborough

     2012

Negotiating this world: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Knell dobre glas, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Oporto

     2011

Christian Capurro, Agatha Gothe-Snape & Debra Phillips, Breenspace, Sydney

Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing, National Art School Gallery, Sydney

     2010-11

During Office Hours, Verband Geschlossene Fonds e.V., Berlin

     2010

It happened that, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland

Print Resolution, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Art Fair Project Room

Still Vast Reserves II, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

InVisible: Art at the Edge of Perception, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA

     2009-10

Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing, Travelling: Singapore; Bangkok; Chiang Mai; Khon Kaen

Mary Kelly | Christian Capurro | Klaus Mosettig, Simon Preston Gallery, New York

Mirror Mirror: Then & Now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Tin Sheds, University of Sydney; Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

     2009

Zweckgemeinschaft, MICAMOCA, Berlin

Leave No Trace: Ridges, Troughs & Phantom Limbs, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York

Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome

Plus/Minus, Switchback Gallery, Churchill / Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne

More love hours than can ever be repaid, Galerie Feinkost, Berlin

Behind the Image | The Image Behind (on covering & uncovering media), STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven

Lo Sguardo di Giano, American Academy in Rome, Rome

Second Hand, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna

     2007-08                  

Monash University Collection: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

     2007                  

Think with the Senses—Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense, Venice Biennale 52. International Art Exhibition, Venice

NEW07, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

     2006-07                  

Before the Body—Matter, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

     2005-06                  

The body. The ruin, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University

      2005                  

A Short Ride in a Fast Machine: Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985—2005, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces,

Melbourne

      2004

Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Performance Anxiety, Ocular Lab, Melbourne

      2002                  

Capurro, Ellis, Hutchison & Parsons, 1ST. Floor Artists & Writers Space, Melbourne

     1999                                     

Raw Hin: Christian Capurro, Choi Sung Youn & Soyoug Kang, Gallery Kobo Chika, Tokyo 

 

Artist Contributions and Public Commissions

 

Pagework (#10) #12, (B.164) B.166, Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetu, (March–May) December

2011– February 2012

Depiction (Cripps, ACCA), AGMA Magazine #4, Spring Issue 2011

The Value, Parabol AM #4, May 2009

Slutet/The End, Motiv #14, December 2008

On Originality, Natural Selection Issue 5, 2006

 

Interviews / Writings

 

Christian Capurro: SLAVE Interview, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2014

Questions for… Christian Capurro: SLAVE, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2014

Christian Capurro interview, ‘Incontri: 52. Esposizione Internationale d’Arte’, ASAC La Biennale di Venezia / I.U.A.V., Venice 2007

Highlights from the Venice Biennale, ABC TV Sunday Arts, 22.07.2007

111 [Risposte]. 3 [Domande] x 37 [Artisti], Exhibart.onpaper anno sesto #40, giugno–luglio 2007

Christian Capurro interview, ‘Exhibit A’, ABC Radio National, 01.04.2007

NEW07 Interviewed, Broadsheet: Contemporary Visual Arts & Culture vol. 36 #1, February 2007

Christian Capurro NEW07 interview, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Soundfiles, February 2007

Dear un Responsive, un Magazine Issue 4, Winter 2005

fpm (C. Capurro & P. Tyndall)

Day of Protests @ NGV, Haiku Review #6

M. Bullock, C. Capurro & T. Nicholso, After Images, Meanjin vol. 62 #2, 2003

Christian Capurro: Interview 1998, The John McBride Collection archive catalogue(s), National Library Australia, Canberra


Selected Commentaries

 

E. Blanco, Notes on the Poetics of Erasure, Love of Circulation, 20.01.2017

Y. Filipovic, Christian Capurro, Museum of Contemporary Art Collection Handbook, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2016

D. Rainforth, ‘_____’, art guide Australia, 05.08.2015   

S. Koop, Christian Capurro, SPLAT! (http://crackleandsplat.com/portfolio/christian-capurro/)

R. Cook, Christian Capurro: ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ or ‘Thought Uses a Handheld Camera’, a man held, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2015

R. Nelson, 'a man held': Christian Capurro's mobile phone images at Centre for Contemporary Photography, The Age, 23.03.15

F. Stocchi, At Hand, Christian Capurro: SLAVE, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2014 [cat.]

S. Rees, Christian Capurro — Sculpting in Light, Christian Capurro: SLAVE, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2014 [cat.]

R. Nelson, Christian Capurro: A slave to the screen?, The Age, 16.09.14

K. Wilson, Christian Capurro: SLAVE, the subMachine, 30.08.14 (http://thesubmachine.net/2014/08/30/christian-capurro-aug-2015/)

D. Rule, Christian Capurro: SLAVE, The Age, 29.08.14

N. Bullock, A speculative exhibition: Aspects of recent photographic practice, Photofile Vol 93, Spring-Summer 2013-14

M. Backhouse, Christian Capurro: between image & body, art guide Australia July/August 2013

A. Groom, There's Nothing to See Here: Erasing the Monochrome, e-flux journal #37, 09.2012

J. Marmeleira, Suspensoes entre o poetico e a politica, Publico, 04.05.2012

A. Treacy, Dealing with non-traditional materials — a collaborative approach (case study), 7th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium, 2012

E. Jones, Room for further excavation, Cut with the kitchen knife, NETS, Melbourne 2012 [cat.]

A. Roelants, The Spectacle of Destruction: Christian Capurro, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Debra Phillips, Art Monthly Australia 248, April 2012

N. Bullock, In the wake of the image: Christian Capurro's a vacant bazaar, Column #8, Artspace, Sydney 2011

M. Robinson, ‘Christian Capurro’ & ‘The Future Now’, The Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2011

M. Gagen, Christian Capurro: a vacant bazaar (provisional legend), Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts #73, 2011

J. McDonald, Erased/The Primacy of Drawing, The Sydney Morning Herald, 05.03.2011

R. Sireekan, Negative creative: palimpsest as ghost, Bangkok Post, 24.06.2010

K. Zavistovski, Come Curious, Art: 21 blog, 07.06.2010 / Come Curious: The Artists Look, Art:21 blog, 15.09.2010

S. Smee, For art lovers, Western Mass. awaits, The Boston Globe, 07.03.2010

A. Stephen, Jumping through the Mirror, Mirror Mirror: Then and Now, IMA, Brisbane 2010 [cat.]

K. Johnson, The Lower East Side, Home to the Young & Emerging, New York Times, 04.12.2009 / Correction, New York Times 22.12.2009

S. Reber, Monster im Heizungsraum, Der Tagesspiegel, 26.09.2009

J. Paton, Backwards, slowly, blindly: Christian Capurro’s ‘compressions’, Erased (Contemporary Australian Drawing), Asialink / Art Gallery of New South Wales 2009 [cat.]

C. Lally & V. Gfader, Condensation Revisited: A Lecture on Pigments: 3, Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Singapore 2008

A. van Leeuwen, Walter B. en Christian C., Mister Motley #17, 2008

E. Meoli, Recchese d'Australia in Biennale a Venezia, Il Secolo XIX, 13.11.2007

G. Chabert & R. Parcollet, Think with the Senses/Feel with the Mind, art 21 numéro 14, octobre/novembre 2007

E. Lauria, La Carcia degli Art Vandals, Exhibitart.grandtour anno sesto #42, agosto–settembre 2007

S. Smee, Venice Biennale, Artist Profile, Spring 2007

L. Harris, Christian Capurro, Think with the Senses—Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense, 52. International Art Exhibition — Venice Biennale of Art, Marsilio, Venice 2007 [cat.]

E. Brown, Between Rapture and Refusal, NEW07, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2007 [cat.]

S. Smee, Come feel the disdain, The Australian, 22.03.2007

M. Backhouse, When what's left is more, The Age, 14.03.2007

G. Barlow & K. McFarlane, Before the Body—Matter, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2006 [cat.]

K. Murray, Beyond Fortress Ceramica: A Knight's Tale, Craft Culture, September 2006

B. Crone, The Ruined Body?, The body. The ruin, The Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne University, Melbourne 2005 [cat.]

S. Koop, Say No, A Short Ride in a Fast Machine: Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985—2005, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces with Black Inc. Press, Melbourne 2005

J. Clemens, Getting off your face with a destructive character; Christian Capurro's 'Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette', Artlink vol. 25 #1, 2005 & Minimal Domination, Surpllus #7, Melbourne 2011

C. Webb, Artists defy gallery’s sketch ban, The Age, 09.12.2004

J. Engberg, Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2004 [cat.]

P. Webb, Deconstruction writ large, The Age, 21.05.2004 / Eyes wide open, The Age, 15.10.2004

M. DiPietro, Printmakers in the raw, Asahi Evening News, Tokyo, 23.09.1999

T. Nicholson, Garnish (a suite of graftings), LIKE, art magazine #4, Spring 1997.

 

Selected Collections

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of New South Wales | John Kaldor Family Collection, Sydney

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Monash University Museum, Melbourne

University of Western Sydney, Sydney

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth