LIFE/TEXT - Alex Selenitsch

Alex Selenitsch: LIFE/TEXT, curated by Linda Short at Heide II, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. October 2015 - April 2016.

LIFE/TEXT at Heide2, looking east; view of exhibition

Alex Selenitsch: LIFE/TEXT
curated by Linda Short
at Heide II,
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
October 2015 - April 2016

“Though primarily known as a concrete poet, Alex Selenitsch works across a broad spectrum of disciplines from architecture to artist books, collage and sculpture. His practice in each of these areas is underpinned by a creative exploration of the notion of theme and variation, often using found materials and the pre-existing systems of language and mathematics. Selenitsch has a long connection to Heide initiated through his friendship with Sweeney Reed, the adopted son of John and Sunday Reed. In 1969 Sweeney’s Strines Gallery was the venue for Selenitsch’s debut exhibition of concrete poetry, the first show of its kind in Australia. Several of these early concrete poems feature in LIFE/TEXT together with other examples from the Heide Collection and select public and private collections, surveying five decades of Selenitsch’s career.”

(from the press release).

Link to Catalogue

Selected Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2017 ATMOSPHERES, George Paton gallery, UMSU, Melbourne.
2017 Road to Bourke, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.
2016 LIMINAL HOUSE, before and after…, ALKF Gallery, MSD, University of Melbourne.
2015 Alex Selenitsch: LIFE/TEXT, MOMA Heide, Melbourne.
2014 Fragrance permeates the garments, Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne.
2013 HORIZON, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane
2013 AGORA: shields, maps & transparencies, Place Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Travel Drawings, Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne.
2012 flotsamandjetsam, Place gallery, Melbourne.
2011 Ideal City, Place Gallery, Melbourne.
2010 Mack’s Stack, Craft Victoria, Melbourne.
2010 Improvisations: blocks and sticks, Place Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 How are things at Home? Geelong Gallery, Geelong.
2008 Line Corrections, Place Gallery, Melbourne.

Group exhibitions

2018 Power & imagination: conceptual art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
2018 Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery, MOMA Heide, Melbourne.
2018 Taking up with Modernism, Delmar gallery, Sydney.
2017 Call of the Avante-Garde, MOMA Heide, Melbourne.
2017 6th ab+mf, Project and Webb Galleries, QCA, Brisbane.
2016 Une histoire du Livre d’artiste…,Universit√© Rennes, France.
2016 ACCA in the City, Melbourne CBD.
2016 WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
2015 Small Publishers, Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney.
2014 CON*TRA*PUN*TAL, Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney.
2014 Concrete Poetry Now, City Library, Melbourne.
2013 The Ongoing Gaga Saga, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.
2013 LIKE MIKE, Linden Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne.
2012 Merchants of War, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney.
2012 Lessons in History Vol II- democracy, grahame galleries, Brisbane.
2011 Born to Concrete, Heide MOMA, Melbourne.
2010 Constellations, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.
2010 WOOD + cardboard, Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne.
2009 Post, Place Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 A Slip of the Tongue, Nexus Gallery, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide.
2008 Visual Word, Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT, Melbourne.
2008 Portraits of Artists, Place Gallery, Melbourne.

Selected publications with creative works

Sue Cramer & Leslie Harding. 2017. Call of the Avant-Garde: constructivism and Australian Art. Heide Museum of Modern Art: Melbourne. p102, p156.

Alex Selenitsch. 2016. LIMINAL HOUSE, before & after…texts, drawings, objects 2007-2016. MSD: Melbourne.

Linda Short. 2015. Alex Selenitsch: LIFE/TEXT. Heide Museum of Modern Art: Melbourne.

Alex Selenitsch. 2014. ‘Into Art & Out Again’, in Inflection, Volume 1. Melbourne: MSD. pp18-21.

Alex Selenitsch. 2013. The Book of 3 Times. Melbourne: Codex Australia.

‘Alex Selenitsch, 1946-‘, in Geoffrey Lehman & Robert Gray, eds. 2011. Australian Poetry since 1788. Sydney:UNSW Press. pp767-774.

Alex Selenitsch. ‘Generative Objects’, in Stanislav Roudavski, ed. 2011. MAP: Investigative Designing as an Approach to Architectural Creativity. Melbourne: MSD. pp19-40.

Alex Selenitsch. ‘The Halfway House’, in Jennifer Rutherford & Barbara Holloway, eds. 2010. Halfway House: The Poetics of Australian Spaces. Perth: UWA Publishing, pp 69-87.

Alex Selenitsch. ‘The House of a Missing Family’, in Brent Allpress, ed. 2008. Architectural Design Research, vol 3, number 1. pp57-78.

Contact

Dr Alex Selenitsch