Minna Gilligan
Long time no see
17 September - 11 October 2014

I seem to be growing more concerned with my perception of time. While it can be dull, thumping, and slow moving, equally I lament as it rapidly slips away. I collect objects, archive memories and document exchanges in vain attempts to paralyze and embrace the present whilst simultaneously wishing for future utopian paradises. It’s contradictory, wanting that which is always just out of reach and longing back to something I’m not even sure existed. The present is something I decorate with remnants of the past in an attempt to freeze frame vignettes of elation and lightness of being, while it is also something I curse and dismiss onward further into the unknown. I don’t know how long a long time is.     
- Minna Gilligan

Minna Gilligan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has held solo exhibitions at Daine Singer, Melbourne Art Fair, Spring 1883, West Space, TCB Art Inc, Rear View and Dudspace and participated in group exhibitions including Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria; Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada; Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles; PICA, Perth; Papermill ARI, Sydney; Knight Street Art Space; TCB Art Inc; George Paton Gallery and Gilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne. Gilligan is a 2014 studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary and in 2015 will publish her first book with Hardie Grant. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Gilligan also performs in in the band Pamela with artists Jon Campbell and Georgina Glanville. Recently they have performed at The National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Daine Singer, Darren Knight Gallery and the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Gilligan maintains an illustration practice as an artist for New York-based online magazine ROOKIE as well as fashion clients, and is a member of artist collective The Ardorous, curated by Canadian photographer Petra Collins.

Text downloads:

Joe Scott, Lack, Longing, Desire: Minna Gilligan’s ‘Long Time No See’ >>
Joe Scott, Q&A: Minna Gilligan >>
Christina Apostolidis, ‘Long Time No See’, catalogue essay >>