Wes Hill CV

Art Critic/Historian

Born: 1978, Australia
mob: +66 (0) 434 904 034  


Dr. Wes Hill is an art writer, artist and curator who lectures in art theory and curatorial studies at Southern Cross University. He has a PhD in art history from the University of Queensland, and he is regularly published in visual art magazines and journals such as Artforum, Frieze, Broadsheet and Art and Australia. Speciality research areas include contemporary art, the ‘folkloric’ and the nature and representation of ‘criticality’ in cultural practice. Curated exhibitions include This is what I do (Metro Arts, Brisbane, and Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Hobart), and Living Things (Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore). As an artist specialising in the medium of installation, he has exhibited with Wendy Wilkins as ‘Wilkins Hill’ at numerous national art institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Artspace, Sydney, and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

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Education

2011 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), School of English, Media Studies and Art History

University of Queensland, Department of Art History, Brisbane, Australia
Thesis title: The Folkloric Shadow of Fine Art: On the Delimitation of Critical Aesthetics
Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Rex Butler

2004 
B.A. (First Class Honours) Bachelor Fine Arts
Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia
Areas of Focus: Installation, Sound, Video

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Employment

2013 – present  
Lecturer, Art Theory and Curatorial Studies
Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Creative Arts
Southern Cross University
Lismore, Australia

2012  
Lecturer, Theoretical Enquiry

University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts
Sydney, Australia

2005 - present 
Freelance Contemporary Art Critic / Curator

Feature articles, artist interviews, exhibition reviews for various
arts magazines: Artforum, Frieze, Frieze d/e, Art & Australia, Photofile,
Broadsheet, Eyeline, Art Monthly
Curator of group exhibitions and artist projects
Exhibition catalogues, artist catalogues

2001 – present 
New Media Artist

As Wilkins Hill (in collaboration with Wendy Wilkins)
Multimedia installation, video, sound, sculpture, photography
Solo exhibitions in Australia, Germany, France, South Korea, Vietnam

2006 – 2007 
Lecturer, Art History
      
Subject: New Media Art
University of Queensland, Faculty of English, Media Studies & Art
History, Brisbane, Australia

2007 – 2008 
Assistant Editor, ‘Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art’

Peer reviewed arts journal published by the Institute of Modern Art,
Brisbane, Australia

2005 – 2006 
Temporary Lecturer, Visual Art
Subject: Video Art
Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Visual Art, Brisbane, Australia

2005 – 2006 
Guest
Lecturer, Fine Art
Subject: Public Art and Installation Art
Griffith University, Faculty of Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia

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Published Art Theory and Criticism

2014
Haris Epaminonda, Exhibition Review, Frieze, Issue 161 2014.
Christopher Hanrahan, Exhibition Review, Frieze, Issue 160 2014.
Denise Rall, Exhibition Review, Clothing Cultures, Vol. 1 Issue 2, 2014

2013
Voice and Reason, Exhibition Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, November, 2013.
Maria Kontis
, Exhibition Review, Frieze, Issue 156 2013.
In Focus: Emily Floyd
, Major Essay, Frieze, Issue 155 2013.
7th APT
, Exhibition Review, Frieze, Issue 154 2013.
Nora Schultz
, Artist Focus, Frieze d/e, Issue 7 2013.
Darren Sylvester, Exhibition Review, Frieze, Issue 152 2013.
Tim Woodward Credit Suisse Award, Artist Profile, Art & Australia, Vol 50, No. 3, 2013.

2012
Peter Tyndall, Exhibtion Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, December 2012.
Everything falls apart II, Exhibtion Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, September 2012.
Andrea Tippel, Exhibtion Review, Frieze d/e, Issue 6 2012.
dOCUMENTA (13), Exhibtion Review, Broadsheet, Vol 42, 2012.
The place where thought and action meet: dOCUMENTA (13)'s Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in converstaion in conversation with Wes Hill, Interview, Art & Australia, Vol 49, No. 4, 2012.
Haegue Yang and Rivane Neuenschwander, Exhibition Review, Frieze d/e, Issue 5 2012.
Post-critical art, Feature Essay, Broadsheet, Vol 41, March 2012.
Douglas Gordon at MMK Frankfurt, Exhibition Review, Frieze, March 2012.
Cathy Wilkes, Exhibition Review, Frieze, March 2012.
DAS INSTITUT, Exhibition Review, Frieze d/e, Issue 4 2012.
Thomas Baldischwyler, Exhibition Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, February 2012.

2011
Paul Laffoley at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Exhibition Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, December 2011.
Dirk Stewen, Exhibition Review, Frieze d/e, November 2011.
Zoe Leonard, Exhibition Review, Frieze, November 2011.
Plamen Dejanoff, Exhibition Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, October 2011. (view text)
Charley Harper, Exhibition Review, Frieze, October 2011. (view text)
Matt Mullican at the Haus der Kunst, Exhibition Review, Artforum Critics' Picks, August 2011. (view text)
Venice Biennale 2011, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 74 2011.
Let the Healing Begin, IMA, Exhibition Review, Eyeline, Issue 74 2011.
This is what I do, Exhibition Catalogue, Metro Arts, August 2011.
Gary Carsley at Sabine Schmidt Galerie, Köln, Exhibition Review, Art & Australia, Vol 49, No 1 2011.
Ai Weiwei in the Turbine Hall, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 73 2011.
Sarah Ryan, Artist Profile, Art & Australia, Vol 48, No 4 2011.
                                      
2010
Katarina Fritsch at the Deichtorhallen, Exhibition Review, Eyeline, Issue 72 2010.                           
Rineke Dijkstra at Marion Goodman, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 90 2010.
Jean-Luc Mylane, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 90 2010.
Paul Graham, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 91 2010.
Haus der Fotographie, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 89 2010.
John Heartfeld, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 88 2010.
Gilbert and George: Jack Freak pictures, Exhibition Review, Photofile, No 88 2010.
                                                   
2009
Jeff Koons, Palace of Versailles, Exhibition Review, Art Monthly, Issue 222 2009.
Michael Sailstorfer: No light, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 69 2009.
Jeremy Deller at Palais de Tokyo, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 68 2009.
Denis Hopper at the Cinematheque Francais, Exhibition Review, Eyeline, Issue 68 2009.
Mangareva: Pantheon of Polynesia, Exhibition Review, Art & Australia, Vol 46, No. 4 2009.
Art Basel 08, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 67 2009.

2008
Julie Fragar: Man, Exhibition Catalogue, Sutton Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2008.
Andy Warhol in Brisbane, Feature Article, Art Monthly, Issue 207 2008.
A reappraisal of David Lynch after the release of Inland Empire, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 66 2008.
James Angus, Exhibition Review, Eyeline, Issue 66 2008.

2007
Peter Alwast: Somewhere, Exhibition Catalogue, Petelin Gallery, Coomera, Australia 2007.
Julie Fragar: Dadislikeittoo, Exibition Review, Eyeline, Issue 63 2007.
Scott Redford at the IMA, Feature Article, Eyeline, Issue 63 2007.
De Lama Lamina: Matthew Barney, Exibition Review, Machine, 2.4 2007.

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Published Artist Interviews

Andrew Harper, Eyeline, Issue 76 2012
Joseph Breikers, Eyeline, Issue 74 2011
Matt Dabrowski and The Many Hands of Glamour, Eyeline, Issue 74 2011.
Dan Mafe: Approaching the Silence
, Art Monthly, Issue 239 2011.
Tim Woodward, Eyeline, Issue 71 2010.
Michael Stevenson: Double Fantasy
, Art & Australia, Vol 46, No. 3 2009.
Bill Callahan, Eyeline, Issue 68 2009.
Olaf Breuning
, Eyeline, Issue 62 2006.
Stefan Römer, Eyeline, Issue 60 2006.

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Books

This is what I do, Wes Hill, (Hobart: Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, 2012).Isbn: 0947335846.
Lemurs, roswell, wheat..., Wes Hill, (Brisbane: Boxcopy, 2009). Isbn: 978-0-9870649-3-6.
Wilkins Hill: Around the Horseshoe, Wilkins Hill (Wes Hill and Wendy Wilkins), (Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art, 2005).Isbn: 187579252X.

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Book Chapters

Sarah Ryan, Art & Australia Collection Awards Projects 2003-2013 (Sydney: Art and Australia, 2012). Isbn:9780646587677.
Tim Woodward, Art & Australia Collection Awards Projects 2003-2013 (Sydney: Art and Australia, 2012). Isbn:9780646587677.

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Conferences

Pop Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (POPCAANZ), Brisbane, 2013. Paper: ‘The Outmoded in Contemporary Art.’
‘On Curating,’ European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2013.
Paper: ‘The Politics of Curating Australia’s Asia Pacific Triennial.’
‘Interdisciplinarity,’ Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Melbourne, 2013.Papers:  ‘The Outmoded in Contemporary Art,’ ‘The Politics of Curating Australia’s Asia Pacific Triennial.’

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Public Lectures

The constitutive exclusion of the ‘folkloric’ in fine art, guest lecture, Tasmanian School of Art, Art Forum series. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 2012.
Artist talk in discussion with Reuben Keehan,
Windows impersonating other windows, solo exhibition and artist residency project, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 2010.
Artist talk
, Lemurs, roswell, wheat..., solo exhibition, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, 2008.
Public Art,
guest lecture series, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 2006. 
Artist talk, in discussion with Aaron Seeto
, The Plague of Inheritance, multimedia exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, Australia, 2006.
The installation practice of Wilkins Hill, guest lecture series, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 2006.
A survey of contemporary art practice in Australia, guest lecture, Ssamzie Space international exchange project, Seoul, South Korea, 2005.
Artist talk, in discussion with Marco Marcon, TSIC, solo exhibition and artist residency project, International Art Space Kellerberrin, Australia (IASKA), 2004.

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Projects

2013/14
Publication
Contemporary Folkloric
Supported by the Australian Government and the Australia Council for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA)

2011/12                           
Curator, touring group exhibition

This is what I do, video and sound works
Participating artists: Richard Grayson, Michael Stevenson,
Danius Kesminus, Matt Bradley, Matt Dabrowski, Tim Woodward, Andrew Harper.
Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia.
Contemporary Art Space Tasmania (CAST), Australia.

2011                               
Artist Book

Lemurs, roswell, wheat...
Published on the occasion of Wilkins Hill’s solo exhibition.
Boxcopy, Brisbane, Australia.

2008                               
Research Fellowship
Assistant researcher for Michael Stevenson: Persepolis 2020
Berlin, Germany and Bristol, Great Britain (Arnolfini Gallery).

2007                               
Curator, group exhibition

The heavier we get, mixed media works
Participating artists: Julie Fragar, Peter McKay and Mark Siebert,
Ben Landers, Matt Bradley.
Raw Space Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

2002                               
Curator, group exhibition
Nobody wants to be lonely, sound and sculpture works
Participating artists: Dirk Yates and Wayne Nelson.
Artworker Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

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Selected Awards, Funding and Residencies

2012                               
Award, Australia Council, Skills and Arts Development Grant.
Award, Arts Queensland, Career Development Grant.

2010                               
Residency
, Artspace Studios, Sydney, Australia.

2009                               
Award
, Australia Council, New Work Grant.

2008                               
Award, Arts Queensland, Career Development Grant.
Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Dyason Bequest Grant.
Residency, Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Denise Hickey Studio,
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

2007                               
Award
, Brisbane City Council, Berlin Research Fellowship.

2006                               
Award,
University of Queensland, Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD research, 3 years.
Award, Arts Queensland, Project Grant.

2004                               
Award
, Australia Council, New Work Grant.
Award, Arts Queensland, Major Grant.
Residency, Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea.
Residency, IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia), Perth,
Australia.

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©wes hill 2014