Application:

Australia council for the arts / career development grant for individuals / 04 June 2019


Matt Chun

14 Wallaga Lake Road / Bermagui / NSW / 2546

+61 0403755672

hellomattchun@gmail.com

www.mattchun.com.au

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Contents

Artistic Support Material

Supporting Documents

Selective Curriculum Vitae

Writing Samples


Artistic Support material

Michelle / 2019

A portrait of Australian writer Michelle Law, from a live sitting in her Sydney apartment.

Michelle / pencil on plywood / 500x400mm / 2019

Michelle / pencil on plywood / 500x400mm / 2019

(detail)

(detail)


Abdul / 2017

A portrait of fellow artist Abdul Abdullah, from a live sitting in his Sydney studio.

Abdul / pencil on plywood / 1200x1000mm / 2019

Abdul / pencil on plywood / 1200x1000mm / 2019

(Detail)

(Detail)


Six / 2017

I make regular portrait studies of my son, now 8 years old.

Six / pencil on plywood / 1000x1200mm /

Six / pencil on plywood / 1000x1200mm /


Australian Birds / 2018

My first picture book was released in October 2018 through Melbourne-based publisher Little Hare Books. It has since been selected as a 2019 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book, and is currently shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator. This publication also earned me a place on the 2019 Sydney Writers Festival line-up, where I gave a public presentation on my work.

Australian Birds / published picture book / Little Hare Books / 2018

Australian Birds / published picture book / Little Hare Books / 2018


Australian Sea Life / 2019

My next picture book is complete, and will be released in October this year. It will be composed of 33 drawings of Australian sea life for young readers.

Illustration for Australian Sea Life / Little Hare Books / due for publication October 2019

Illustration for Australian Sea Life / Little Hare Books / due for publication October 2019

author, art-historian and former director of the National Portrait Gallery, the late Andrew Sayers, began while I was curating an exhibition of his own paintings. Andrew was an artistic and intellectual mentor and friend, and I was fortunate to personally launch Sayers' career as an artist, turning the curatorial spotlight back onto one of Australia's most respected curators. In this portrait, Sayers is physically reduced by the late stages of cancer, but remains incisive and engaged with the task of arranging his third exhibition, the last he would attend. I have levelled Sayers' gaze beyond the viewer, into the gallery space beyond. 


Sketchbook Pages / 2018

As a regional Australian artist practicing from Bermagui, on the south coast of NSW, recording the landscape is a daily discipline. My concern here is the spacial expanses. In these sketchbook pages, I reference Asian perspective devices, particularly that of my Chinese heritage. Here, negative space dominates, and perspective tends towards the hierarchic, pulled vertical in deference to the flatness of the picture lane.

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FEEDING A BIRD / 2018

Commissioned drawing for Runway Experimental Australian Art (Issue #37 Cinema) in response to Debbie Tucker Green's 2014 film Second Coming.


Exhibition Catalogue (excerpt): Guandu International Art Festival / Taipei

My feature page in the catalogue for the highly selective 2016 Guandu International Art Festival. This was a crucial introduction to Taipei’s contemporary art community. I received a rare invitation to undertake a second tenure at this residency in 2018, where I created a new body of experimental installation work. The 2018 catalogue will be released later this month.


Selective CV

CURRENT:

Selected as Children’s Literature Fellow 2019-20 / State Library Victoria / Melbourne / Australia

Selected as 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Emerging Writer 2019

26 July – 11 August 2019 / Group Exhibition / All You Can Eat / Brunswick Street Gallery / Melbourne / Australia

26 July – 11 August 2019 / Group Exhibition / Portrait / Brunswick Street Gallery / Melbourne / Australia

Upcoming:

31 August - 15 September 2019 / Solo Exhibition / Pon Ding 朋丁 / Taipei / Taiwan

27 August - 17 September 2019 / Travelogue / Working from Taipei / Taiwan

October 2019 / Book Release: Australian Sea Life / Little Hare Books

October 2019 / Travel to Jakarta and Yogyakarta to produce 2 original texts for publication in 4A Papers and Art Monthly Australasia / Indonesia

Summer 2019 / Guest Artist / Overland Literary Journal (Summer 2019 Edition)

January 2020 / Guest Artist and Writer / Liminal Magazine

RECENT:

29 April - 05 May 2019 / Sydney Writer’s Festival / Carriageworks / Sydney / Australia

March 2019 / Australian Birds shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator

February 2019 / Australian Birds selected as Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Notable Book / Long-listed for the Eve Pownall Award

November 2018 / Australian Birds Launch + Live Window Painting / Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney / Embiggen Books in Melbourne / The Curatoreum in Canberra / Candelo Books in Bega

October 2018 / Book Release: Australian Birds / Little Hare Books

10 September - 24 October 2018 / Artist-in-Residence and Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2018 / Taipei / Taiwan

24 July 2018 / Creative Response / Second Coming / Issue 37: Cinema / Runway Australian Experimental Art / Launched at Kudos Gallery / Sydney / Australia

6 - 23 June 2018 / Solo Exhibition / Still / May Space / Sydney / Australia

03 May 2018 / Writing / Notes on Anzac Day / Overland Literary Journal 

PAST:

10 December 2017 / Writing / A Short Despatch from the Garden of the Generalissimos / Runway Experimental Australian Art

07 - 25 November 2017 / Group Exhibition / Out of Line / May Space / Sydney / Australia

28 October 2017 / Solo Exhibition / Edges 邊界 / Bamboo Curtain Studio / Jiu-Jiu Lai-Zuo 九九來坐 / Taipei / Taiwan

21 October 2017 / Facilitator / Children's Drawing Workshop / SheZhi Island / Taipei / Taiwan

September - October 2017 /  2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Bamboo Curtain Studio 竹圍工作室 2017 / Taipei / Assisted by Australia Council for the Arts.

29 July - 15 October 2017 / Group Exhibition / Salon des Refuses / National Trust S H Ervin Gallery / Sydney / Australia

September 2017 / Writing / National Accounts Essay / Meanjin Quarterly / Spring 2017 Issue

01 June - 01 July 2017 / Solo Exhibition / An Episode / Tuggeranong Arts / Tuggeranong / Australia

June 20 - 22 / Birds / Public Art Commission for Narrandera Shire Council / Narrandera / Australia

28 March - 22 April 2017 / Group Exhibition / Introducing V / May Space / Sydney / Australia

18 March 2017 / Live Art collaboration with Nexas Quartet / Hotel Hotel / Art Not Apart Festival / New Acton / Australia

17 June - 20 August 2016 / Finalist, Highly Commended / Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize / Bega Valley Regional Gallery / Bega / Australia

2016 / 2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2017 / Taipei / Taiwan

2016 / Solo Exhibition / 4 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Far South / Nishi Gallery / New Acton / Australia

2016 / 8 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Studio Switch / Casula Powerhouse / Western Sydney / Australia


supporting Documents

The following letters are from three organisations in Taipei. The first is from Pon Ding gallery, a letter of invitation to exhibit in 2019. The second is from Guandu Nature Park, the host of my 2016 and 2018 residencies in Taipei. The third is a letter of invitation, detailing my second residency at Bamboo Curtain Studio in 2017. Please note that the authors are writing in their second language:


Letter of Invitation to exhibit / Pon Ding gallery / Taipei City

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Letter of reference / Ellen Jan / curator: Guandu international art festival

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writing samples:

NOTES ON ANZAC DAY / OVERLAND LITERARY JOURNAL / MAY 2018

From the first spear thrown at James Cook’s arrival, Aboriginal nations fought this onslaught. In the defence of their country, the fact of Aboriginal resistance exponentially eclipses the Anzacs’ European campaigns on terms of both virtue and national relevance.

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A SHORT DESPATCH FROM THE GARDEN OF THE GENERALISSIMOS / RUNWAY / ISSUE 35 / DECEMBER 2017

It would be difficult to contrive a more perfect parody of the autocrat, or expose more persuasively the relationship between power and place. Although Cihu Memorial Sculpture Park is promoted as a respectful homage it is, quietly, a dissident masterpiece of consummate irony.

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IN DEFENCE OF A DESECRATION / MEANJIN QUARTERLY, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS ESSAY / SPRING 2017

In the ‘defaced’ statue we are presented with a perfect cultural intersection: two forms of public art, diametric in their opposition, competing for civic space and over the historical record.

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