Previous Exhibition

Henri van Noordenburg —
still water

Apr 22 – Apr 30, 2021

About the Artist      

still water is a new body of work that explores effects on the natural environment due to global warming. The images are created by drawing with a knife and sandpaper onto an inkjet print. At times the nude figures will appear in the image questioning the survival of humanity in sometimes nightmarish landscapes, while other compositions are reminiscent of an oasis that once was.

Simulating hopeful futures through manipulation of landscapes, using famous Dutch artists as a reference point, the exhibition interrogates the actions of industrial human activity. still water renders these actions synonymous with a symbolic Hell, and champions a return to the Divine, not in a religious context, but towards the ultimate divinity of nature.

About the Artist

Henri van Noordenburg

Henri van Noordenburg was born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, in 1967. During his early years he developed an interest in story telling. Moving to Australia in 1991, he completed a Visual Arts and a Creative Writing degree at Griffith University from 1994 until 1999, followed by his Master’s in Photography and Theatre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 2003 -2005. The result of his Master’s was a one-man theatre production “Two Roads in Green Pasture Landscape” 2004 (Brisbane Powerhouse). 

Since 2016 he works at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art as Project Officer for Regional Services and is a practicing artist. He worked as a lecturer in Photography at QUT and QUT International from 2002 till 2016, was Visual Arts Coordinator at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 2005 until 2007, was Board Member for Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP). He delivered a paper at 2008’s Oral History conference Broome, as well as guest speaking at Estonian Arts Academy, Estonian Historical Museum, and Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.

Henri had his first international group show in 1997 followed by his first solo exhibition in 2005.  Henri was an Artist in Residence at the Eesti Instituut, Tallinn, Estonia in 2004, resulting in his first publication and an international touring exhibition, both entitled “home / Kodu” 2006 - 2008. 

His work is part of several collections, including the Wallis Annenberg at Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA), NERAM Art Gallery Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, Daryl Hewson Collection; Queensland Centre for Photography collection; Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery; Rockhampton Museum of Art, Mater Hospital, Brisbane; Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane; as well as several private collections (Australia, New Zealand, Israel, USA and Europe. 

For the last decade he has developed a new technique of hand carving inkjet prints a technique similar to the sgraffito process. This unique technique in combination with photography marked a significant change in his art practice. He received the Career Development Grant in 2011 and won The Clayton UTZ in 2020 and in 2012, the Jeff Spann Award 2016, Australian Pacific LNG Award 2014 and was selected in the top ten of emerging focus folio review at Photo LA 13 (Los Angeles, USA). 

In 2019 Henri completed an artist in residency at The Living Room in Manila and had three solo shows in Europe. Prior to this his work featured in the inaugural Manila Biennale ‘Open City’ 2018 and joint exhibition ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow with Brisbane based artist and long-time friend Kim Demuth at Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville and One Space in Brisbane. His work was exhibited in several international art fairs, including Scope Basel and Kolner Liste and was showcased at Photo LA (2011 to 2015). The works by Publications; IANN magazine (2012), unless you will (blog) (2012) Lenscratch art blog (2013 and 2015), Art Monthly (2013), Installation magazine (blog) (2014) and publication by the Luicda Magazine and QCP (2009 – 2014), Silvershotz Magazine (online, 2015). Fabrik Magazine (USA, 2015), Artlines magazine (2017).

Represented by Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal Germany and Kunstkomplex+Mennuni.com Basel, Switzerland.

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.