In 2018 Lauren Brincat is taking a pilgrimage to Joshua Tree Nation Park before heading to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca as apart of Career development grant from the Australia Council of the Arts.
Best known for her task-based performances, Lauren Brincat was formally trained in painting, and considers Art as her first language and English as her second.
Brincat is an artist who works across diverse media from video and performance to sculpture and installation. Brincat employs moving images and their soundtracks to probe historical ruptures and failures of language. Using a variety of platforms – video installation, sculpture, performance and walking scores – her work explores non-verbal modes of expression through narratives or ideas. By distancing us from a logical, direct, language-based understanding, her work opens the door to multiple perspectives and interpretations.
Lauren Brincat’s videos often portray the artist undertaking performances in relative solitude. In these works, she pushes her physical and cognitive limits following rule-based actions. The artist is known for a series of ‘walking pieces’ occurring in vastly different contexts, from empty fields, to busy urban cities, and the ocean.
The artist’s video works take the form of documented and often repetitive actions. Collaboration is an important part of Brincat's practice involving shared projects with percussionists, architects, scientists, choreographers, equestrian riders and indigenous horse whisperers. Her sculptural pieces sit alone and alongside the video works often giving the moving image a tactile presence.
Her recent work is sculptural, working with textiles to create malleable forms that can be activated by participants. Brincat’s latest work is also further engaged with politics and history, taking the form of blank banners and creating sculptures out of sailcloth, invoking the sea and borders.
Brincat completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2006. She was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012-2014 and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 2009. Brincat has exhibited widely across Australia, including solo exhibitions: No Performance Today (with Bree van Reyk and the NSW Police Marching Band) as part of Sonic Social; Museum of Contemporary Art (2014) and Performance Space (2015); It’s not the End of the World, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2013); Shoot From the Hip, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2012); Shine on you crazy Diamond, Museum of Old and New Art, MONA FOMA Festival of Music and Art, Hobart (2011). Significant group exhibitions include PP VT (Performance Presence/Video Time), Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2015); The space between us: Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Contemporary Australia: Women, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2012); Tinnitus: a symposium on art and rock’n'roll, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University (2012).
In 2016, Brincat presented Salt Lines: Play It As It Sounds, Performance Instruments (2016), a site-specific installation at Carriageworks as part of the Biennale of Sydney. The piece was recently purchased by the Art Gallery of NSW to be included in their permanent collection. She is also a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2016).
Brincat has lived and researched in Mexico City, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Stockholm and New York and was fortunate to be mentored by artist Johanna Billing in Europe and most recently Cuauhtemoc Medina in Mexico City.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
SCEGGS Redlands Collection, Sydney
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
Chartwell Collection, Auckland