Kristin McIver

Kristin McIver is an Australian artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Utilising materials such as neon and acrylic, McIver’s works explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our hyper-consumer culture. Through her work, the artist aims to break down the illusions of commodity aesthetics.

Borrowing advertising’s very tools of seduction – emotive language, light, and hyper-gloss materials – her artworks mimic the seductive promotions of commoditised ideals before exposing the impact of perpetual consumer cycle on our identity, culture and environment. By subverting the very notion of desire, McIver’s works expose the false realities imposed by urban indoctrination. Her more recent works place the viewer and the environment as listed media within the artworks, to both claim ownership over them and removing the valorisation of the art object.

A Questionable Choice was selected as the winner of the inaugural Melbourne Sculpture Prize 2012. McIver’s work has been selected as finalist in a number of awards and residencies, including the Melbourne Sculpture Prize (2012), Montalto Sculpture Prize (2009/2010), Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2011), and 3rd Ward’s Summer Open Call in New York (2010).

Kristin has returned to the Victorian College of the Arts and MCM in 2013 where she is undertaking her Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) under the supervision of Dr Stephen Haley. Her thesis This is Your Life: Art and Seduction in the Age of Hyper-capitalism explores the work of Guy Debord, whose seminal theses Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord suggests that “Everything that was once lived has moved away into representation” . The implications of this statement are increasingly prevalent in today’s mediated state of advanced capitalism. Her research project explores the influence of commodity fetishism on identity (and its appearance), and to what level we are complicit in the separation of self and simulacra.

Her work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria and in private collections in Victoria, New South Wales, Perth, Singapore, USA and the UK.
Kristin McIver is represented in Victoria by James Makin Gallery.

Curriculum Vitae
Date of Birth
21st November, 1974, Melbourne, Australia

Education
2013 – Master of Fine Art (Visual Arts), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Master of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2008 Post Graduate Diploma of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1996 Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
1992 Victorian Certificate of Education, Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia

Solo Exhibitions
2013 Status Quo, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Lifeless III, Royale Projects, Palm Springs CA, United States of America
2012 Cancer, Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Your Imminent Arrival, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Statement Pieces, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Obus Wall Project, Obus City Store, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Divine Intervention, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 Electric Dreams, Willow store, Melbourne’s GPO, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Divine Intervention, Blindside, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Sold, Shifted, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Lifeless, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Dreamscapes, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group Exhibitions
2013 Penthouse Mouse, L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Sculpture by the Sea on Seven, David Jones, Sydney, Australia
2012 Sensation & Fabrication, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Offset Festival (feature artist), Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
2012 The Other, Trocadero, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Neonsalon, Dudspace, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Penthouse Mouse, L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Trans, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Penthouse Mouse, L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Commodity/Fetishism, West Wing, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Lighthouse Foundation Annual Art Auction, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia
2010 The Grass is Greener, Paradise Hills Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Tomorrow, Michael Koro Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Substance, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Off to Never Never Land, 27 Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Early Career Artists, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 VCA Masters Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Negotiating Space, ACGA Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Sub-urban domestic, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Debut V, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Grants, Awards & Commissions
2013 Norman MacGeorge Scholarship
2013 Australian Postgraduate Award
2012 Winner, Melbourne Sculpture Prize
2011 Finalist, Substation Contemporary Art Prize
2011 Shortlisted, UAP/Satellite Point Cook Interactive Lighting Installation Commission (TBA)
2011 Finalist, Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship
2011 Shortlisted, Experimenta Commission 2011
2011 Finalist, Montalto Sculpture Prize
2010 Finalist, 3rd Ward Summer Open Call, Brooklyn, New York
2010 ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2010 Finalist, Montalto Sculpture Prize
2009 Winner, Elliot Family Ten Year Collection Award
2009 Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize, South Australia
2008 Finalist, VCA Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Award, Athenaeum Club, Melbourne, Australia

Reviews & Publications

2012 Bright: Typography between Art and Illustration, edited by Slanted, Daab Media, Cologne, Germany (page 363, 371)
2012 Illuminating concept is out of the box, by Robert Fedele, Mooney Valley Weekly, Nov 20th
2012 Cancer review, Unknown Magazine (online), by The Editor, June 6th
2011 Statement Pieces review, by Dan Rule, In the Galleries, The Age A2, Aug 13th
2011 Statement Pieces review, by Alyssa Becht, Arts Hub, News Analysis & Comment, Aug 19th
2011 City of Lights, by Sean Irving, Acclaim Magazine, March
2010 Divine Intervention review, by Ace Wagstaff Smart Arts, Triple R, Sep 9th
2010 Divine Intervention review, by Dan Rule, Around the Galleries, The Age A2, Sep 4th
2011 Statement Pieces review, by Alyssa Becht, Arts Hub, News Analysis & Comment, Aug 19th
2009 Sold review, by Dan Rule, Around the Galleries, The Age A2, Aug 8th
2009 Art & Soul, by Kate Robertson, The Age Domain, May 10th