Simon Denny to represent NZ at Venice 2015 - Art Collector

Simon Denny, Ich will umsteigen. Wie geht Das? (Samsung), 2013. Inkjet on plexiglas, anodized aluminium, fittings, Samsung Smart TV and remote control, 95 x 17 x 12cm. Courtesy: the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

9 October 2013 | The Arts Council of Creative New Zealand has confirmed that artist Simon Denny will represent New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

Denny will work in conjunction with curator Robert Leonard to present the exhibition
Five Eyes. Denny intends to continue his explorations into the advances of digital technology and the control of public information for his Venice Biennale presentation. The exhibition title makes reference to the “five eyes” of the USAUK Security Agreement that identifies New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada as sharing “signals intelligence”.

Denny and Leonard’s partnership will bring together two of New Zealand’s most renowned visual arts figures. Denny is currently based in Berlin and has held recent exhibitions with MUMOK in Vienna, Kunstverein Munich, Petzel Gallery in New York and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2012 he was nominated for the Walters prize and won the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel for his
Channel Document project. He is represented by Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; Petzel Gallery, New York; T293, Naples/Rome and Michael Lett, Auckland.

Robert Leonard is currently the director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane and in January 2014 will take up the role of senior curator for the City Gallery in Wellington. He has previously held curatorial positions at the National Art Gallery in Wellington, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery and Artspace in Auckland.

Denny and Leonard’s proposal was one of eighteen proposals considered by the Selection Advisory Panel for New Zealand’s participation at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The panel’s decision was unanimous in the selection of Denny and Robert’s exhibition proposal. The selection panel comprised Heather Galbraith, New Zealand Commissioner, 2015 Venice Biennale and Head of Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington; Alastair Carruthers, patron; Anne Rush, Arts Council member; Blair French, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Brett Graham, artist; Caterina Riva, Director, Artspace; Dayle Mace, patron; Helen Kedgley, Arts Council member and Judy Millar, artist.

You can read Robert Leonard’s feature on Geek Art in the
latest edition of Art Collector magazine.

Hannah McKissock-Davis

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