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MEL O'CALLAGHAN
Born 1975, Sydney

Working in a variety of mediums including video and photographic and sculptural installations, O’Callaghan’s art is, in the words of Alexi Glass (Monument, issue 66, 2005): ‘characterised by its attention to detail and ruthlessness in extracting the superfluous to articulate the covert mechanics and poetics of the world … it is as if she has awoken from 100 years of slumber and, with the precision of an architectural draughtsman, gone about the task of reassembling sites from memory. The outcome is an intuitive fusion of irregularly collegial isms: minimalism, modernism and romanticism.’

Mel O'Callaghan is currently undertaking a Masters in Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions including 'Somewhere', Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris, 2005; 'The Fall', The Cité International des Arts, Paris, 2004; 'In The Halflight', Gallery 4A, Sydney, 2003; 'The Fly and The Mountain' (with Nell), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002; 'On This Day It Was Cold', Room 35 Gallery, Sydney, 2002; and 'Vagari', Foundation and Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2001.

O’Callaghan was artist in residence at the Foundation and Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2000 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio, The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2004. She has been included in many curated group exhibitions, including, in 2006, the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.


BIOGRAPHY
1997 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), Photomedia, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
2001 Bachelor of Science, Architecture, The University of Sydney
2005 Master of Fine Arts (Candidate), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Lives and works in Paris and Sydney

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 The Fall, Galerie Schleicher+Lange, Paris
2005 Somewhere, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Somewhere, Galerie Schleicher+Lange, Paris
2004 The Fall, Salles E. M. Sandoz et M. David-Weill, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
The Fall, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2003 In the Half Light, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney
2002 The Fly and the Mountain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
On this Day it was Cold, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
We had Walked All Day, Department of Public Works, MK17, Sydney
2001 Today We Looked at Walls, Sherman Artbox, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Mel + Nell, Room Gallery, Rotterdam
Vagari, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2000 Nell + Mel, Stadt Munchen Gallery, Amsterdam
Mel + Nell, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
1999 Nell + Mel, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
1998 Mel + Nell, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Lot, CBD, Sydney
1997 Illume, 1st Floor, Melbourne
1996 Automate, First Draft, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, touring exhibition
Dell Gallery, Queensland College of the Arts, Brisbane, Australia
VideoFormes, Prix de la Création Vidéo Exhibition, Clermont Ferrand
Ghosts of the Coast, Gallery 4A, Asian Australian Artist Association, Sydney
Cutting Fields, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Athens VideoArt, 2nd Athens Video Art Festival, VideoArt Category, Athens
Poor Yorick, Virginia Wilson Gallery, Sydney
2005 2. Berliner Kunstsalon, (for Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris) Berlin
FIAC, (for Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris) Paris
Bologna Flash Art Fair, (for Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris), Bologna
Impakt, 16th Impakt Festival, Utrecht
MirrorBall, 59TH Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh
Glad Wrap Up, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
New Vectors, Videobrasil,15 Internacional de Arte Electrônica Videobrasil, São Paulo
Lake, Taipei International Artist Village, Taipei
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Melbourne
2004 Site: [unseen], Sherman Galleries at Danks Street, Sydney
A Cut Across, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Festivus 04: One Of, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Printroom, Witte de Witt, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Artbox Inc., Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Printroom, Gertrude Street, Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Festivus 03, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2002 Festivus 03, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Shoproom, Gun Gallery, Oslo
2001 Shoproom, Room Gallery, Rotterdam
That was Now This is Then, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Award, Artspace, Sydney
Black to Basics, 1st Floor, Melbourne
Black to Basics, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney
2000 Do They Know it is Christmas, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, 1st Floor, Melbourne
1998 Making Fancy Cake, 1st Floor, Melbourne
Sleepwalker, Caravan, Adelaide
1997 69, Side On Inc., Sydney
1996 Ten: 10 Year Anniversary Show, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
Experimenta, Lonsdale Power Station, Melbourne
1995 Artful Park, Centennial Park, Sydney
Void, Celf Gallery, Sydney

VIDEOGRAPHY
2005 VideoFormes, Prix de la Création Vidéo Competition, Clermont Ferrand (The Fall)
Athens VideoArt, 2nd Athens Video Art Festival, VideoArt Category, Athens (The Fall)
2005 Impakt, 16th Impakt Festival, Utrecht (Somewhere)
MirrorBall, 59TH Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh (The Fall)
Videobrasil, New Vectors, 15 Internacional de Arte Electrônica Videobrasil, São Paulo

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2006 New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
2005 Marketing Grant Scheme, National Association for the Visual Arts
National Sculpture Prize, finalist, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, finalist, Werribee Park, Melbourne
Artist in residence, Cité International des Arts, Paris
2004 The Moya Dyring Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2002 The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
2001 Artist in residence, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, finalist, Artspace, Sydney
Deans Honours List, Bachelor of Science Architecture, The University of Sydney
2000 New Work Recipient, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts
Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Bachelor of Science Architecture, The University of Sydney
1999 The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
1996 The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
Marketing Grant Scheme, National Association for the Visual Arts

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006
Bérénice Bailly, Le Monde, 3 December 2005, p. 32
Beatrice Gralton, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, 2005
Solange Farkis, festival catalogue, 15º Internacional Electronic Arts Videobrasil, Sao Paolo, September 2005
Laura Murray Cree, Somewhere, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, August 2005
Alexi Glass, ‘Space travel’, Monument, issue 66, 2005, pp. 92–96
Jens-Emil Sennewald, 'Mel O'Callaghan In Der Galerie Schleicher And Lange' in ‘Notiert’, Kunts-Bulletin (Swiss), April 2005, p. 75
‘Les images du mois’, Enville 06, March 2005, p. 38
Laura Murray Cree, ‘The fall’, l’Australia en France, September 2004
Laura Murray Cree, The Fall, exhibition catalogue, Salles E. M. Sandoz et M. David-Weill, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, 2004
Megan Keating, A Cut Across, exhibition catalogue, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2004
Danielle Johnson, Artbox Inc., exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2003
Alexi Glass, ‘The Fly and the Mountain’, Monument, issue 47, 2002,
p. 108
Jacqueline Milner, The Fly and the Mountain, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, 2002
Lenny Ann Low, ‘The Fly and the Mountain’, Metropolitan, Sydney Morning Herald, 2–3 February 2002, p. 11
‘The Fly and the Mountain’, Today’s Best, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 January 2002, p. 13
Alex Szczepaniak, ‘Conversation with Mel O’Callaghan’, Look, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, February 2001
Ewoud Van Rijn and Karin de Jong, Mel + Nell, exhibition catalogue, Room Gallery, Rotterdam
Victoria Hynes, ‘Weird science’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22–28 June 2001, p. 22
Courtney Kidd, ‘On the cutting edge’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2001, p. 22
Bruce James, ‘Mel: New millennium kinetics’, Australian Art Collector, July–September 2000, p. 140
Bruce James, ‘Mel + Nell’, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2000, p. 2
Bruce James, ‘Flies in the face of reality’, Spectrum Arts, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 1998, p. 12
Mark Jackson, ‘Awakening to the dream’, Realtime, August–September 1998, p. 48
Bronia Iwanczak, Future Fantasy … and the Sleepwalker, exhibition catalogue, Caravan, Adelaide, 1998
Bruce James, ‘Sights’, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March 1998
Bruce James, Galleries, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 1998
Joanne Harris, ‘A mobile ambivalence’, Broadsheet, vol. 27, no. 3, 1998, pp. 23–24
Michael Newall, ‘Trendspotting’, Broadsheet, vol. 27, no. 3, 1998, p. 22
Alan Cruikshank, ‘Caravan, the Silk Road’, Broadsheet, vol 27, no. 3, 1998, pp. 20–21
Alex Gawronski, Illume, exhibition catalogue, 1st Floor, Melbourne, 1997
Jacqueline Milner, ‘New guard avant-garde’, Realtime, June–July 1997,
p. 19








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