Ara Dolatian

Ara Dolatian

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Biography

Ara Dolatian’s interdisciplinary practice explores the relationship between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. His ceramic works are hybrid ecosystems which simultaneously resemble semi-functional apparatus, models of utopian cities and biological experiments. Dolatian’s work is also imbibed with numerous ideas centred upon conceptions of ‘the studio’ and ‘the laboratory’ as well as the conceptual domain of socio-environmental politics.

Visual interpretations of socio-cultural and technological environments, Dolatian’s work aims to anticipate future discourses of the humanities and sciences – art and science have long been engaged in exchanges of ideas and narrative structures. His work is an abstract visualisation of the evolving intersections and dialogues between the human and non-human: nature, biology and technology.

Ara Dolatian received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT in 2012 and a Master of Social Science Environment and Planning in 2014. His interdisciplinary practice explores the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. Dolatian has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2021 he was named a finalist in the Incinerator Art Award, as well as receiving an online residency as a part of Craft Victoria’s Makers in Residence. In 2019 he was a finalist in both the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Awards. Dolatian has an upcoming residency with the ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin.

Ara Dolatian’s interdisciplinary practice explores the relationship between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. His ceramic works are hybrid ecosystems which simultaneously resemble semi-functional apparatus, models of utopian cities and biological experiments. Dolatian’s work is also imbibed with numerous ideas centred upon conceptions of ‘the studio’ and ‘the laboratory’ as well as the conceptual domain of socio-environmental politics.

Visual interpretations of socio-cultural and technological environments, Dolatian’s work aims to anticipate future discourses of the humanities and sciences – art and science have long been engaged in exchanges of ideas and narrative structures. His work is an abstract visualisation of the evolving intersections and dialogues between the human and non-human: nature, biology and technology.

Ara Dolatian received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT in 2012 and a Master of Social Science Environment and Planning in 2014. His interdisciplinary practice explores the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. Dolatian has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2021 he was named a finalist in the Incinerator Art Award, as well as receiving an online residency as a part of Craft Victoria’s Makers in Residence. In 2019 he was a finalist in both the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Awards. Dolatian has an upcoming residency with the ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 James Makin, Gallery, Melbourne
2022 Scott Lawrie Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
2021 Artefacts. June, Blindside.
2020 Site With No Real Place Jan at C3 Contemporary Art Space.
2019 Heterotopia, Stockroom, Kyneton, Vic.
2018 Narratives- Realties, fictionalising the present and contaminating the fantastical
wilderness. Melbourne
2017 Controlled Instabilities, Contemporary Art Space, Montevideo, Uruguay.
2017 Progress and Passivity, Five Walls, Melbourne.
2016 Hybrid Terrains, Black Centre AADK, Spain
2016 Reflection as Ideological Hallucination, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne.
2016 Terrains, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.
2015 Navigating With Uncertainty, C3 Contemporary art space.
2012 Frame of Reference, RMIT Graduation Exhibition.
2011 Perceptual, First Site Gallery, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Darlings, group exhibition, Curatorial +Co, Sydney
2021 Notfair Art Fair, Melbourne
2021 Stockroom, group exhibition
2020 Firstdraft, Online Auction, Sydney.
2019 Tiny World Reunion, group exhibition, curated by the Wandering Room. Melbourne
2019 28 Beasts, group exhibition, curated by Jake Treacy and Ben Taranto. Melbourne
2018 Utopian Tongues, Seventh Gallery, curated by Jake Treacy, Melbourne.
2018 In Motion 2018: Rhythm, presented by AIRspace Projects, Sydney.
2018 Biotic & Apparatus, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, QLD.
2017 Art in Soil, POP Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Waves, curated by Charlotte Cornish, The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne.
2017 Notfair, Melbourne.
2017 Anthropoetics of space, Stockroom, Kyneton.
2017 thing in itself // das Ding an sich , curated by Elyse Goldfinch, Wellington St
Project, Sydney.
2017 Stockroom Travels Cremorne Opening, curated group show.
2016 Imagined Worlds, curated by Kent Wilson, Town Hall Gallery Melbourne
2015 Moreland Summer Show, Science Friction, Counihan Gallery Brunswick, curated
group Exhibition
2015 Convergence, Kings Artist-Run, Melbourne.
2015 The Lost One’s Gallery, curated group Exhibition, Ballarat
2015 Construct, Trocadero Art Spac, Melbourne.
2015 Freak of Nature, curated group exhibition at Mailbox.
2014 Assemblages, curated group exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Territories, First Site Gallery, Melbourne.
2012 Crème, curated group exhibition at RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2011 Utopian Slumps, group show, Melbourne.
2011 Living Space. group show. Mr Kitly, Melbourne.
2011 Living Space 2. Platform Art Spaces, Melbourne

AWARDS, GRANTS & PRIZES

2022 ZK / U Centre for Art and Urbanistics – Residency, Berlin.
2021 Incinerator Art Award – Winner
2021 Craft Victoria, Makers in Residence, online Residency.
2020 Covid-19 Quick Response Arts Grant – City of Melbourne.
2020 – 2024 City Of Melbourne, external assessor for Council’s funding programs.
2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
2019 Career Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts.
2019 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Awards.
2017 Art in Soil, Queensland Branch of Soil Science Australia, residency & commission.
2017 Exhibition development grant, Contemporary Art Space, Uruguay, Montevideo.
2017 Highly Commended, Notfair 2017.
2016 Centro Negra, AADK Spain, Residency.
2016 Spring Fashion week, installation, commission.
2015 Navigating with Uncertainty, Darebin Art Prize Finalist.
2015 ArtStart Career Development Funding Recipient. Australia Council for the Arts
2015 Nomad, Commission for Beaumaris Library.
2014 Assemblages, Toyota Art Prize Finalist.
2013 Territories, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize Finalist.
2013 Nomad, Commission for Midsumma Festival and Moreland City Council
2012 RMIT University School of Art Collection.

ARTWORKS

  • TempleAra Dolatian Temple 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide lustre 36 x 18 x 18cm $2,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • MountainAra Dolatian Mountain 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide 40 x 26 x 12cm $2,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • GuardianAra Dolatian Guardian 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide lustre 38 x 23 x 21cm $2,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • EmergeAra Dolatian Emerge 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide lustre 38 x 23 x 21cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • CrestAra Dolatian Crest 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide 37 x 18 x 20cm $2,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • SurfacesAra Dolatian Surfaces 2021 Earthenware Glaze oxide 26 x 17 x 14cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →

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