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Brendan Van Hek :
As if from a distance I could already see myself
16 Oct - 13 Nov

Galerie Düsseldorf : 35th Year Anniversary 2011

In this exhibition of new works, Brendan Van Hek produces a series of two
dimensional works in neon, alongside a number of configurations of oval mirrors and prints on paper.

The use of these materials continues on from works produced in recent years thatinvestigate the potential of neon and mirror.

Influenced by popular culture, and the diverse, conflicting and varied sources that affect all cultural producers today, the work emerges from elaborate narratives, located in personal history, fictions and social politics.

In particular this recent work takes the maze or labyrinth as a starting point to consider the idea of direction, destiny, fortune and what comes together to shape the view of one’s future.


REMIX : Art Gallery of Western Australia
16 April - 15 August 2011

remix is an exciting exhibition that showcases the creativity of twenty contemporary Western Australian artists of diverse backgrounds, age and experience. The exhibition includes a broad mix of media with painting, sculpture, design, photography, textile and filmic work, most of it new or recently created and representing some of the most compelling examples of contemporary practice by Western Australian artists.

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Brendan Van Hek : Colour Composition No.1 2011, 5 neon components
as installed AGWA REMIX 2011 100 x 5000 cm size variable


CAN WE BE TOGETHER : Brendan Van Hek Galerie Düsseldorf : 25 April - 23 May 2010

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Brendan Van Hek selected for : TWMA CONTEMPORARY 2010

6 August to 24 November 2010

B Van Hek Great White Hope

Director Jane Scott has assembled some of the leading figures in the Australian art world to make up the dream curatorial team for the new TWMA Contemporary 2010 opening on August 6 this year. The curatorial team, drawn from a range of areas associated with the visual arts, is made up of Amy Barrett-Lennard, Ashley Crawford, Tony Ellwood, Bronwyn Johnson, Rachel Kent, Simeon Kronenberg, Jan Minchin and Gerard Vaughan. Each curator was asked to nominate one artist for inclusion in this group show. The exhibition will showcase significant directions, acknowledge Australian talent and explore new ideas and practice in Australian contemporary art.

“This is a truly exciting project and will be an outstanding show. Whilst these individuals work within the industry, the opportunity to voice their personal opinion about what constitutes significant contemporary art practice is rare. Nominating one artist above all others will create fascinating perspectives and debate from both industry insiders and the public,” says Ms Scott, director.

Artists showcased in TWMA Contemporary 2010 will include Jon Campbell, Sally Gabori, Shaun Gladwell, Anastasia Klose, Kate Murphy, David Rosetzky, Gareth Sansom and Brendan Van Hek. This diverse group of artists represent a range of contemporary practice seldom seen together within the same exhibition.The presentation of contemporary art at TWMA has been integral to the museum since its inception. Supporting contemporary artists and new ideas in art is a long personal tradition of Eva and Marc Besen, who have been avid collectors since the 1950s.In order to establish a signature contemporary art event for TWMA, the first biennial exhibition was launched in 2006. Guest curators (Victoria Lyn in 06 and Charlotte Day in 08) were invited to present a themed group exhibition which explored new work and ideas within contemporary Australian art.

TWMA Contemporary 2010 will create a fresh opportunity to explore Australian contemporary art practice and create a window for key arts figures to nominate significant new directions and acknowledge new ideas.The exhibition will be presented at TWMA to correspond with the Melbourne Art Fair, enabling national and international visitors to join local guests in reviewing the opinions of some of Australia’s leading authorities on contemporary art.The TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) opened to the public in December 2003. The Museum and its art collection are a gift from Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO. TWMA is the first significant privately funded public art museum in Australia. The Museum has a charter to display Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day and its collection continues to grow through the addition of new gifts and acquisitions.

TarraWarra Museum of Art - outstanding Australian art - world class destination. For further information or exhibition images please contact
Eliza Ordinans, TWMA Media and Communications Email: HYPERLINK "" or Phone: (03) 5957 3100

2009 City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award
Winner : Brendan van Hek


Yellow Composition#1 is part of an ongoing series of works incorporating found neon.Retrieved and salvaged from neon factory floors the parts that make up these works are combined and reconstituted giving life to an otherwise discarded object. In Yellow Composition#1 streams of found yellow neon suspended on hooks are closely placed together converging to create an intensity of light and molten like effect further exploring the formal qualities of neon and its potential as a medium.

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Black Composition#1 is the first in an ongoing series of works incorporating found neon shapes. Covered in black paint the neon tubes immediately read as letters, yet they don’t conform to the rules of language by forming words and sentences, but instead remain suspended on hooks in a cluster that defies the logic of the written word and indeed of language.

The blacked out neon allows a small amount of light to be thrown from the rear of the tube casting a faint spray of light on the wall. The spray immediately relates to other coded and indecipherable words sprayed in public spaces and ties in with considerations on identity and culture explored in previous works.