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About

Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, and the entertainment and financial industries. Working across a broad range of media, his appropriative practice examines and critiques how these institutional structures operate culturally, socially, and politically. The resulting works explore and express how our subjective and inter-subjective interactions with these structures can allow us to ‘make sense’ of our own social experiences.

In 2013 Daniel was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology for his thesis The Art of Being a Fan: Complicity and Criticality in Contemporary Art and Fandom. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Daniel is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at QUT and is also a founding board member of Boxcopy, a Brisbane-based artist run initiative which provides exhibition opportunities and support for emerging artists, writers and curators.

Daniel is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Work

Confidence-Games_ECU-TN

Confidence Games

The-Bears-Have-Killed-Goldilocks_TN

The bears have killed Goldilocks

The-Virtual-Nation-of-Mammon_CU-3-TN

The Virtual Nation of Mammon

The-Past-Devours-the-Future_TN

The Past Devours the Future

Animal-Spirits_ECU_3_TN

Animal Spirits

Spectral-Value_Alan_ECU_TN

Spectral Values

Kafka-on-the-Shore_CU_TN

Kafka on the Shore

Trickle-Down-1_CU_TN

Trickle Down

IBGYBG_TN

I’ll Be Gone, You’ll Be Gone

Zarathustras-Cave-CU_TN

Zarathustra’s Cave

Dialog_Tom_TN

Dialog

Running-Men-Cary_TN

Running Men

A-Stunning-Experience_Oprah_CU_TN

A Stunning Experience

Every-Face_Chris_TN

Every face on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood covers 1995-2008

Conditions-CU_Cutty_TN

Conditions of Compromise and Failure (The Dickensian Aspect)

Passage_still-1_CU_TN

The passage of indeterminacy in the intensification of being

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Faces of Vanity Fair

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Top Ten Box Office Blockbusters of All Time, in Dollars

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Slow Down Mischa

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Untitled

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Untitled (after Steven and John)

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Something 2.0

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Education

2013  –  Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts), Queensland University of Technology
2006  –  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) Honours (First Class), Queensland University of Technology

Solo Exhibitions

2016  –  Strange Loops, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2014  –  Spectral Value, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2012  –  Faces of Vanity Fair, QUT Public Art Billboard, Brisbane
2012  –  Distance, IMA@Ksubi, Brisbane
2012  –  The Art of Being a Fan, The Block, QUT, Brisbane
2011  –  Portraits, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2010  –  Top Ten Box Office Blockbusters of All Time, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2007  –  BETA, Boxcopy ARI, Brisbane

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
The R&M McGivern Prize
, ArtSpace at REALM, Ringwood
Neo-Normal (John Fries Award), UNSW Galleries, Sydney
Big Cheese (presented as part of Dark Mofo), Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
Creative Accounting (touring exhibition), UQ Art Museum, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery et al.
2015
Resistance, Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville
Text, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
Two Party State, Channels Video art festival, Melbourne
The Churchie national emerging art prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2014
The List, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
John Fries Memorial Prize, UNSW Galleries, Sydney
The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Newport The Churchie national emerging art prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
NEW14, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2013
Talk Show (after the break), Kudos gallery, Melbourne
With Open Arms, Blindside ARI, Melbourne
Bazinga!, Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland
Peripheral Visions: Contemporary art from Australia, Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York
The Social, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
2012
Gold Coast Art Prize 2012, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast
Greatest Hits Volume Three, IMA, Brisbane (touring)
SafARI Art Festival, The Rocks Popup, Sydney
2011
Peeping Toms screening, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Grid North, The Block – QUT, Brisbane, (as Boxcopy)
The Knowledge, Post Museum, Singapore, (as Boxcopy)
2010-2006
Semiotics @ Play, Downtown Cool Media Festival, Tokyo
Structural Integrity, 2010 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, (as Boxcopy)
Some absolute beauties, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, (as Boxcopy)
Perfection, Metro Arts, Brisbane
The Light in Winter, Federation Square, Melbourne
Great Expectations, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
The Vernacular Terrain, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing
Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, IMA, Brisbane
Fresh Cut, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
International Digital Art, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing

Grants and Awards

Recipient – 2015 Arts Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Recipient – 2013 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Recipient – 2012 QANTAS Encouragement of Contemporary Art award
Recipient – QUT Postgraduate Research Award Scholarship
Finalist – 2016 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Finalist – 2016 John Fries Memorial Prize
Finalist – 2016 The R&M McGivern Prize
Finalist – 2015 Screengrab International Media Arts Award
Finalist – 2015 Sunshine Coast New Media Art Award
Finalist – 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
Finalist – 2015 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Finalist – 2014 John Fries Memorial Prize
Finalist – 2014 The Substation Contemporary Art Prize
Finalist – 2014 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Finalist – 2013 SOYA QANTAS Award – Visual Arts
Finalist – 2012 SOYA QANTAS Award – Visual Arts
Finalist – 2012 Gold Coast Art Prize

Selected Bibliography and Interviews

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Jason Farago – Art in America magazine online, March 2014 (link)
An Outsider Looking In, Madeleine Stack – BOMB Magazine, August 2014 (link)
Set Piece, Marianne Templeton, Exhibition Essay for NEW 14 – ACCA, 2014 (PDF)
Critic’s Choice, Robert Leonard – Art Collector Issue 66 Nov-Dec 2013
In Pursuit of Critical Distance, Chris Handran, Exhibition Essay – IMA Publications (PDF)
Portraits, Anita Holtsclaw, Exhibition Essay – MetroArts, 2011 (PDF)
The List: Daniel McKewen – Das Platforms/Campbelltown Arts Centre (link)
Daniel McKewen, NEW14 Artist Interview – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (link)
Artist Profile – Daniel McKewen – SafARI 2012 (link)

Commissions and Collections

Kick Off 2012 commission – Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
QUT Public Art Billboard – QUT Kelvin Grove, Brisbane
QUT Art Museum
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Artbank Collection
Private Collections

Contact

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