Bianca Hester

Bianca Hester

Australia 1975

Installation, Sculpture, Urban Interventions, Video Installation

Bianca Hester
Bianca Hester
October 6, 2016

Bianca Hester is an Australian multidisciplinary artist who explores empty place and how we interact with it. Her work often has a surreal, ephemeral quality as she attempts to discover various connections between embodiment, materiality, and space. Movement, sound, light, reflection, shadows, objects moving in relation to each other, patterns – any combination of these can form the „clay“ Hester uses to „sculpt“ her installations. Responding to characteristic material, social and spatial conditions, Bianca builds provisional constructions and open-ended situations, often accompanied by public interventions, events, collaborations, video, and imagery. Some of her projects have involved optimizing the use of space, how it is constructed and regulated, and in recent times she has been developing projects that coexist with and make up the city itself. These works evolve into an expanded form of public sculpture, simultaneously bringing together distinct influences and currents.

Bianca Hester places various objects and actions in the centre of attention
Bianca Hester – These Circumstances Temporarily Generating Forms, Improvising Encounters (2011)

Bianca Hester Making Melbourne Proud

Bianca Hester was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. She was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2011, and also in 2005 as part of the collaborative group Open Spatial Workshop (OSW), consisting of Dr. Scott Mitchell, Dr. Terri Bird and herself. In 2007, she earned her PhD in sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and her project won a University Research Prize for excellence one year later. Hester has taught in the department of Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts (2005-2012) and was an inaugural post-doctoral research fellow in the visual arts at the Sydney College of the Arts where she co-led the Space, Place and Country research cluster with Dr. Saskia Beudel (2013-2016).

Bianca’s interactive installations push the boundaries of how we perceive space

Bianca Hester - Please Leave These Windows Open Overnight Enable the Fans to Draw in Cool Air During the Early Hours of the Morning (2011)
Bianca Hester – Please Leave These Windows Open Overnight Enable the Fans to Draw in Cool Air During the Early Hours of the Morning (2011)

Hester has a rich and Varied Exhibition History

Some of her exhibitions include Endless Circulation, The Tarrawarra Biennale of Art (2016), movements materializing momentarily, ST. PAUL Street Gallery (2015), fashioning discontinuities, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), art as a verb, MUMA (2014), and Please Leave These Windows Open Overnight to Enable the Fans to Draw in Cool Air During The Early Hours of the Morning, Australian Centre For Contemporary Art (ACCA) Main Exhibition Gallery (2010). One of Hester’s more interesting projects was commissioned by Nets Victoria, Warrnambool. Sonic Objects, Solar Objects: Variously was a two-part exhibition that featured pieces in hidden locations around town, including some iconic sites such as disappeared movie theaters. The first part, sonic objects, represented cast steel rings that gave off a specific sonic signature when spun at the sites’ specific material conditions. The solar objects were made of cast bronze and held towards the sun at three significant marks during the day: dawn, noon and dusk.

Video of Sonic Objects / Solar Objects: Variously (2014)

Creative Practice Saving the Planet

Currently, Bianca is developing various exhibitions, publications, and collaborative research projects. Together with OSW and in partnership with the Museum of Victoria, Hester is working on a long-term research project investigating the potential of geological and paleontological specimens to help clarify the effects of planetary transformations caused by human activity. Always experimenting with space, this contemporary artist from Australia shows us that creative actions speak louder than words.

Bianca Hester lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Endless Circulation The Tarrawarra Biennale of Art, Healsville Group
2015movements materialising momentarily ST PAUL Street Gallery, AucklandSolo
2015Anthropocite Monash University, MelbourneGroup
2015SHIFT exhibited within from the collectionGroup
2015art as a verb Artspace, Sydneygroup
2015FAULT exhibited within performing mobilitiesGroup
2015Cut continuumexhibited within The Material Turn, MelbourneGroup
2015GLIMPSEC3 Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2014fashioning discontinuities 19th Biennale of SydneySolo
2014so long as you moveArk Gallerie, Yogjakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2014art as a verbMUMASolo
2014Sonic Objects, Solar Objects: VariouslyThe Cinemas Project, WarrnamboolSolo
2013Hoops: sound tests, performances, documents National Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneSolo
2012only from the perspective of an observer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occurGlasgow International Festival of Visual ArtSolo
2011a world fully accessible by no living beingMelbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation SquareSolo
2011big log jamAEAF, AdelaideGroup
2010please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morningACCA, MelbourneSolo
2009West Brunswick Sculpture TriennialMelbourneGroup
2008project projectsThe Showroom, LondonSolo
2007Westspace East PKW, SingaporeSolo
2007provisional devices for a propositional living space GCAS, MelbourneSolo
2006project projects: open and hostedRMIT Project Space, MelbourneSolo