Lives / works: Sydney, Gadigal land
Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier are an Australian collaborative love team working alongisde gallery, institution, residency, and public programs. They incorporate painting, print, object, and sound in their practice. Applying ideas of freedom, resistance, labour and care, that critically engage with art institutions. The work playfully incorporates the process of its making, presentation, and administration. This includes creating wearable artforms that extend beyond the gallery, using the postal service to enact an exhibition, occupying the international art museum as a proxy studio, and facilitating cross-cultural interdisciplinary exchange through gift giving.
Wilson and Collier have collaborated since 2015; each is supported by a Higher Ground Studios Residency. Winner, Viewer’s Choice Award, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, 2018. Awarded Onslow Storrier Paris Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, FR, 2018; NAVA Create NSW Artist Grant, 2018; Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR, 2019; Create NSW Artist Grant, 2021. Residency and Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, USA, 2022; NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship 2022, Artspace, Sydney, AUS; Artists in Residence at Bundanon Trust, 2022; Create NSW COVID-Development Grant 2022.
‘Summer of ’68’ is an ongoing series of responses, gestures and semi-performative undertakings that uses deconstructed vintage tent canvas to draw connections between historical movements and current paradigms. The work lives amongst a constellation of artworks that gently and playfully disrupts the systems in which we work. Practice-led content allows perspective on broader social and cultural parameters. This practice includes Play Something Else Cowboy (a series of conversations over cocktails at a cowboy themed home bar), This Is Not a Love Song (an archive of the ambient sound of museums around the world) and With All Our Love (window washing as care and communion). The Bundanon Artist Residency work investigates the relationships between these works in order to take the Summer of ’68 project forward.
Image: Portrait of Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier. Photo: Jake Terrey