Helen Grogan is an artist working across international contexts, currently living and learning on unceded Wurundjeri Country in Naarm/Melbourne.

For more than 20 years, Helen Grogan has sustained a conceptual practice at the intersection of performance and exhibition. With a particular interest in what is already occurring, Grogan’s work examines the material and immaterial conditions of exhibition contexts. Strategies of contemporary choreography engage with and within the existing events and operations of art institutions. Iterative works are formed as installations, interventions, and scores that choreograph visitors’ attention in situ. With a rigorous attention to practical matters, Grogan’s poetic works are equal parts conceptual and concrete.

Helen Grogan’s works have been presented by institutions including: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide; 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Georgia; Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; Context Platform for Contemporary Dance, Berlin; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; KULTURHUSET, Stockholm, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam; Gallery Stadtpark, Krems; PHERD, Vienna; Melbourne International Arts Festival; La Mecedora Collective, Mexico City; Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna.

Helen Grogan holds degrees in philosophy, dance, choreography, and visual art having attended Victorian College of the Arts, Amsterdam University for the Arts, City University of New York, and Deakin University as well as the artist residencies of Gertrude Contemporary and Austrian Arts Residency - RMIT. She is an experienced university lecturer/educator of visual art and exhibition practice, inclusive of performance. At present she is an Associate Researcher for Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum, a major international ARC-supported research project bringing together leading artists, researchers and institutional partners. 

As an extension of her practice as an artist, Grogan undertakes curatorial and research projects. These include SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (The choreographic negotiated in six parts) at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art within the exhibition Framed Movements, curated by Hannah Mathews. OPEN ARCHIVE, co-directed with Jared Davis, was a strategically temporary project space for ephemerial works outside discipline-specific frameworks. THE EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WORKSHOP, facilitated by John Nixon and Helen Grogan, presented university students and staff of visual art with experimental compositions practices.  Leading artists shared their diverse approaches in a live context.During her time in New York City, Helen worked on: the time-based art and performance documentation archive of The Kitchen - Center for art, video, music, and dance; the Judson Church performance records of Movement Research; ‘Raw’ Performance Art Program at PS122; and the media arts curatorial program ‘Digital Happy Hour’ also at the The Kitchen - Center for art, video, music, and dance.









Helen Grogan
b. 1979, Australia
contact@helengrogan.com

RESIDENCIES:
2018: Krems AIR - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Austria2013-14: c3 Contemporary Art Space, Australia
2011: Blind Side, Residency Exhibition Program, Australia

EDUCATION:
2016 - 2019: Master of Fine Art, Visual Art (Research), Victorian College of the Arts, AUS
2007 - WD: The University of Melbourne, AUS, Masters of Art Curatorship - ceased prior to qualification
2001–2005: AHK Amsterdam School for The Arts, SNDO, NL, Bachelor (Art with Choreography Specialisation)
2000–2001: City University of New York, USA, Liberal Arts Studies (Contemporary Art Internships, Philosophy)
1997–2001: Deakin University, AUS, Bachelor of Arts (Major 1: Philosophy: The History of Ideas. Major 2: Contemporary Dance)

GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY:
From 2014-2016 Helen Grogan was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2019: splitting open / gradual graduating exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
2018: Up to and Including, curated by David Komary, Galerie Stadtpark. Krems. Austria
2016: POEMING (with insistence on plurality), Gallery 1, First Draft, Sydney
2016: STUDIO WORK (COMPRESSION WITH OPENING PLANE), Studio 10, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
2015: POEM (with insistence on plurality), Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne
2015: THREE ADJOINING ROOMS WITH MANIFOLD EDGES, WestSpace, Melbourne
2014: THREE PERFORMATIVE STRUCTURES, Slopes Gallery (curated by Helen Hughes + Joel Stern), Melbourne
2013: Under Instructions, in ‘C3 Online Project Lab Commission’, C3 Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
2012: Applications of Occurrence (An Obituary), for ‘Place Of Assembly’, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2019: closer, closer towards the chache, in ‘Temporal Proximities’, Abortsford Convent, Melbourne
2018: CONCRETE ROOM, in 'Movement + Art', MADA, Melbourne
2018: Untitled (FIELD RECORDINGS. PART I), in 'INTO THE SPACE', IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna
2018: splitting opening the surface on which its inscribed, in ‘Great Movements of Feeling’, Gertrude Contemporary
2018: CONCRETE ROOM, in ‘Infrastructuralism’, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo
2017: INSIDE SMALL DANCE (choreography for this exterior/interior space), in ‘The Score’, Ian Potter Museum
2017: SCENIC FLATS, in ‘Worldbackwards’, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne
2016: OBSTRUCTION DRIFT, in Biennale of Sydney: Choreography and the Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2015: OBSERVATION PROPOSITION, in 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Rustavi Block, Georgia
2015: UNTITLED (STUDIO FLOOR WORK), in ‘Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist Exhibition’, Gertrude Contemporary
2015: HOLLOW AND DENSE OBSTRUCTIONS, in ‘Feeling Material’, C3 Art Space, Melbourne
2015: THREE ADJOINING ROOMS WITH MANIFOLD EDGES, (solo exhibition), WestSpace, Melbourne
2015: ACTION AND FRAME in ‘Object As Score’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne
2015: CONCRETE ROOM / FACILITATING FORM in ‘Object As Score’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne
2015 HOLLOWING PLANE (with departing hand), in ‘Contemporary Australian Drawing #5′ at SACI, Florence
2014: CHOREOGRAPHY (Gallery 2, ACCA), in ‘Framed Movements’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne *
2014: SETTING FOR RESETTING, in ‘Framed Movements’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2014: CONCRETE ROOM, in ‘Liquid Architecture Festival – The EAR IS A BRAIN’ Arts House Meat Market, Melbourne
2014: SEVERAL OBSERVATIONS, in ‘If This Exhibition Where a Text’ curated by Ash Kilmartin Slopes Gallery, Melbourne
2014: Figure Study (After Bacon), in ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne **
2014: ACTION AND FRAME (Mobilar Workshop) in ‘Industrial Estate’ curated by Kym Maxwell, Melbourne
2013-14: INSIDE VIANNE AGAIN (NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA), 2013, in ‘Melbourne Now’, NGV International ***
2013: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR AN UNKNOWN SPACE, in KULTURHUSET, Stockholm
2012: Several Departures (Studio 21, Level 8), ‘What Moves Us’ curated by La Mecedora Collective, OVCT, Amsterdam
2012: INSIDE THURSDAY (for VIANNE AGAIN), within Shelley Lasica’s project VIANNE AGAIN, MADA, online
2009: Occurrence Project, Gallery 1, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne *
2008: Simple Projection, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2008: Occurrence (Rehearsal Space), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne *
2007: Choreography, 2007 Version, Curated South Project Space, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam **
2005: room Piece 4: actual ghosts, Studio 9, SNDO program, Amsterdam School For the Arts, Amsterdam
(* In collaboration with Gwenneth Boelens)
(** In collaboration with Matthew Day)
(*** in collaboration with Shelley Lasica and Anne-Marie May)

SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS & RECENT RESEARCH:
2016: Choreography and the Gallery Salo for 10th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and University of New South Wales.
2014: SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (The choreographic negotiated in 6 parts), curated series for ‘Framed Movements’, Australian Center for Contemporary Art and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
2014: Mass (new dance work by Matthew Day), Curatorial consultant (theory and frames for contextualising dance as art)
2013: CHOREOGRAPHY AND RELATED THINKING (CART), Research series by Helen Grogan and Shelley Lasica
2011-2013: OPEN ARCHIVE, Art space and exhibition program Directed and Curated by Helen Grogan and Jared Davis
2011: Feedback: Proposals Towards and Exhibition, Group exhibition for Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.
2009: Melbourne Pavilion, Amsterdam Biennale, Mediamatic Supermarket, Amsterdam

© HELEN GROGAN, 2020