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Ms. Jayne Dyer

What happens when language and the visual arts conflate?

Jayne Dyer discusses the scope and meaning of the book as object and subject, and the relationship of visual arts with linguistics.

n an age of increasingly paperless information, Dyer salvages what may otherwise be pulped and constructs work that considers meaning through the loose proposition of the library. She raises questions about our relationship with books as repositories of accumulated facts, hypotheses or fictions.

In her ambitious exhibitions Dyer constructs columns from stacks of books with spines painted black, books spill from doorways or suspend in space. Paper and architecture become one, forms simultaneously dissolve and reappear as structures are built and dismantled.

The works operate as a ‘linguistic’ production - in a state of flux, pointing towards an understanding of a narrative, but are as much about secrecy and hidden information as they are about open-endedness and a search for meaning.


    1994 Master of Art painting / research, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT)
    1989 Bachelor of Fine Art Hons, RMIT
    1987 Bachelor of Fine Art, RMIT

    1998 Art Advisor, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
    1997-cont Head of Public Programs, National Art School, Sydney, F/T position
    1995-96 Painting/Drawing Lecturer, NAS & University of Western Sydney, P/T position
    1988-94 Painting/Drawing Lecturer, Monash University, F/T tenured position
    1987-93 Painting/Drawing Lecturer, RMIT, P/T position
    1984-86 Artist/ Art Education Officer, National Gallery of Victoria & Museum of Victoria, P/T position

    2013 Awards celebrate emerging Australian artists in Asia
    2008 Australia Council for the Arts, new work grant ($20,000)
    2007/8 Asialink/Australia Council Residency, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan (Oct-Dec 2008)
    2006 Artist-in-Residence, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (March-May 2007)
    2005 Commonwealth of Australia public service medal (PSM) outstanding service, arts & education
    2005 FONAS ASX Travel Grant
    2005 FONAS Studio Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
    2005 World Year of Physics Art Prize (3rd prize) Macquarie University, NSW
    2000 National Art School Travelling Scholarship, Sydney (project Hong Kong)
    1997 AGNSW Residency, Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris (for 1999)
    1996 Solo and group exhibition grants (Beijing) Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    1996 Materials grant, Art Spectrum, Vic
    1995/6 Asialink VACB/Australia Council Residency, Beijing
    1993 Research grant, Monash University
    1991/2 Residency, Verdaccio Studio, Italy, Monash University
    1990 Commonwealth Scholarship, University of Tasmani

    2007/6 Commissioned installations for Sydney Writers Festival at Sydney Theatre, stage design, Sydney Writers Festival Launch, The Royal Mint, HHT & Parramatta Riverside Theatre
    2003/4 Head of Public Programs, National Art School, Sydney, F/T position
    1995-96 Sitework: Hong Kong, documentation street project in China
    1995 Sitework: Critical Distance, documentation artwork in public locations in Australia
    1994 Crossovers Site(s) projects and symposium, University of Tasmania

    The Australian Embassy, Beijing; Artbank; Monash University; RMIT; Macquarie Bank; Maroondah Art Gallery, Vic; Lingnan University, Hong Kong; corporate and private collections in Australia, Hong Kong, China and England


    Uber Gallery Melbourne, Australia; King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, Australia


    2008 The Reading Room Uber Gallery, Melbourne
    2008 White Work King St Gallery on William, Sydney
    2007 WORDSFORPICTURES Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    2007 Spare Room Elizabeth Bay House Museum, Sydney (3 person)
    2006 Stutter Uber Gallery, Melbourne
    2006 One Reading Sydney Writers Festival Launch, The Royal Mint, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney
    2006 The Reading Room Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Theatre stage
    2005 Shadowlands Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
    2005 greyspace Yoshi Kono Gallery, Osaka, Japan
    2003 greyspace Gallery SP, Sydney
    2002 Site-lines John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
    2002 Site Gallery SP Sydney
    2002 Mapping the Sky Gallery SP, Sydney
    2000 Mapping the Sky John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
    1999 Site: Post Paris Span Galleries, Melbourne
    1998 Critical Influence Ivan Dougherty Gallery, UNSW
    1997 Site George Gallery, Melbourne
    1995 Site Central Academy of Fine Arts Chien Lie Hall, Beijing, China
    1995 Site Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre Regional Gallery, Vic
    1994 Heat Meridian Gallery, Melbourne
    1994 Heat Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, RMIT
    1992 Site Gore St Gallery, Melbourne
    1991 Botanical Gallery, Melbourne

    2008 China / Australia Song Zhuang Museum, Beijing
    Luminous Dark Bleitreu Gallery, Berlin (July)
    China Art Projects Launch, Two Lines Space, Beijing
    Residency artists Taipei Artist Village Gallery, Taiwan (Nov)
    Compositions King St Gallery on William, Sydney
    2007/8 Process - Journey touring Red Gate Gallery at the Watchtower and Australian Embassy, Beijing; Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, Sino HK Art Project Space, Hong Kong, regional Australia. Funded Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Beijing & Australia / China Council
    2007 Translucent Text Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (4 person)
    Ten Years of Images Too Art Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre
    Artefact City Museum at Old Treasury, Melbourne
    Artist Books 5th Annual Sydney Book Fair, represented by Cross Art Projects
    2006 Praise of Shadows King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney (3 person)
    Art Interchange Museum of Contemporary Art, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea & NAS, Sydney
    Linden Postcard Show 2006 Linden, St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
    Twenty / 20 Vision Parliament House, Sydney
    Pataphysical Pending Machine AGNSW
    Pataphysical Pending Machine Liverpool Regional Museum
    The Delmar Codex Delmar Gallery, Sydney
    Melbourne Art Fair 2006 represented by Uber Gallery
    Shanghai / Australia Jingan Cultural Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China
    The Blake Prize NAS Gallery, Sydney, touring NSW 2007
    2005 Altitude Shepparton Regional Gallery, Vic
    Annual Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
    Small Offerings Cross Art Projects, Sydney
    Australian Paper Fair Sydney represented by Uber Gallery
    Art Sydney 05 represented by Uber Gallery
    World Year in Physics Art Prize Macquarie University Gallery
    2004 Drawing Dust Maroondah Regional Gallery, Melbourne
    Altitude Launch Dante Gallery, Melbourne
    Altitude Billboard project, Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
    Group Exhibition John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
    Group Exhibition Gallery SP, Sydney
    2003 Drawing Dust Span Galleries, Melbourne & Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. Funded Arts Victoria
    Altitude John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
    Blake Prize for religious art Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney, touring Grafton Regional Gallery; ACU National, Sydney & Melbourne; Stanthorpe Regional Gallery 2004
    2002 2002 - The Year in Art National Trust SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
    Dialogue with the Watchtower Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
    Dialogue with the Watchtower Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
    Hobart Art Prize 2002
    Open Studio Ultimo Project, Sydney
    Open Studios Art & About: the city as a canvas City of Sydney & NAS initiative
    Stable Exhibition Gallery SP, Sydney
    Group Exhibition John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong