Izabela Pluta
born Warsaw Poland, 1979, migrated to Australia 1987
Lives and works Sydney, NSW
Represented by This is No Fantasy and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Education
2009
Master of Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design
 
2002
Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours Class 1, University Medal,
The University of Newcastle, Australia

Residencies/Projects
2012
Photomedia: site and context, a UNSW Art&Design Intensive Studio Project
Stocznia Gdańsk, Poland

2011
UK Academic Research Exchange at Art and Design Research Institute
University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2008
Cite des Arts Internationale, Paris, France

2006
Barcelona Studio, Australia Council for the Arts Residency, Spain

2006
Artspace, Sydney, Australia

2005
Artist in Residence, Red Gate Studios, Beijing, China

2004
Artist in Residence, IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia)

Awards & Prizes
2015
Finalist, Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Art Award

2014
National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Grant

2013
Finalist, Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Art Award
Finalist, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria

2012
Finalist, Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize
Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Finalist, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award
Shortlisted for Artists-of-year-in-review-2011 SCOPE, New York

2011
Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Established)
Finalist, The City of Hobart Art Prize
Finalist, Olive Cotton Photographic Prize

2010
National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Marketing Grant

2009
Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award
Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Finalist, Hazelhurst Art Award
Finalist, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

2008
Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Emerging)
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant

2007
The Wilson HTM National Art Prize, Finalist
The Freedman Traveling Arts Scholarship, Winner
Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
Janet Holmes a Court Artists Grant
The Sharpe Bros Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Winner

2006
Finalist, City of Perth Photomedia Award
National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Marketing Grant

2003
Finalist, Helen Lempriere Traveling Arts Scholarship
National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Marketing Grant

2002
Finalist, Helen Lempriere Traveling Arts Scholarship
National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Marketing Grant

2001
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

Public Art
2014
CCP/City of Yarra Billboard Project, Melbourne

2012/13
City of Melbourne Public Art Program, Citipower Substation, Bourke Street, Melbourne

2011
Siteline, Urban Provocations: In Between the Master Plan,  The College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales

2008
Back to the city, temporary public art installation, Newcastle
Velour, commissioned by Frost Design, installed at Sydney Park Playground

2007
Without blue, (collaboration with Paulo Macchia), Vitrine, Platform, Melbourne

2006
Wish you were here, (collaboration with Paulo Macchia), el Local Gallery, Barcelona; McKell Project Space, McKell Building, Sydney
Motionless, (collaboration with Paulo Macchia), Contaniers Village, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Paper, stone and permutations, This is no fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2015
Excavation, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2014
Blue Distance, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Agency of inanimate objects, Galerie Pompom, Sydney

2013
Taken on the same day as the other photo, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

2012
Study for a sham ruin, Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Reservoir, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Victoria

2011
Displaced images of distant objects, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Reservoir, Eastern Bloc, Sydney
On things mended and broken, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects, Melbourne
Gestures of the Landscape, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2010
Sailing for the abyss, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Gestures of the Landscape, 24 HR Art, Darwin

2009
Gestures of the Landscape, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
à la dérive, Mop Projects, Sydney
Vur-sur-Mer, Podspace, Newcastle
In (and against) time, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

2008
Singularity, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2007
Home(land), Westspace, Melbourne
Home(land), Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Sometime, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney

2006
Making Mirrors, Artspace, Sydney
With a view, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2005
Still (between), Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
Here (later), Westspace, Melbourne
Room with a view, Maitland City Art Gallery
Restore, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2004
Credenza, Francis Baker-Smith, Sydney
Front yards , IASKA, International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia
Here (later), Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane

2003
Restore, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Out of context, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane
Billboard Project, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney

2002
Restore, Gallery Wren, Sydney
Map, Linden Art Centre, Melbourne
Restore, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle
Letters, Sherman Galleries Artbox, Sydney
Out of context, The Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
Watching the clouds pass the moon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Timelapse, GIppsland Art Gallery
Out of Quarantine, Manly Art Gallery and Museum

2015
Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10
Signature, University Gallery, The University of Newcastle
You can’t get there from here, 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville Sydney

2014
Through a lens, Horsham Art Gallery
Semblance, This is No Fantasy Melbourne
Seven Trumpets, Stange Neighbour, Melbourne
Secure the shadow, Breezeblock, Sydney
View from a window, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne

2013
Out of this world, Bill Wright Projects, Sydney
So many people have lived here, Art proper, Sydney

2012
The Third Landscape, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Foreplay, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
Inaugural exhibition, Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Paris, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects, Melbourne

2010
Interpreting portraits – Macquarie 1810-2010, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
time AND space, Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre
PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

2009
Disappearers, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Un, deux, trios, Alliance Francaise, Melbourne
The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast
 City Art Gallery

2008
An ideal for living, Linden Contemporary Arts Centre, MelbourneLamp black and zinc white, The University of Newcastle Gallery, Newcastle
The Wilson HTM National Art Prize, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne; Grantpirrie, Sydney; Jan Manton Art,    Brisbane

2007
Here and Beyond, Newcastle Region Art Gallery
In hindsight the narrative may/may not have been as intended, Inflight, Hobart
The Blake Prize, The National Art School Gallery, Sydney
The City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Scene – Observe the lay of the land, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
From Space to Place, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2006
From space to place, Gosford Regional Art Gallery
Unsharp Unconscious, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inversek, Hobart
Photography, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
City of Perth Photomedia Award, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
In cold light, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Summershow, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
Unsharp Unconscious, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2005
Such an ordinary thing, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Neue Romantics, MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms)
From space to place, Gippsland Art Gallery
Canberra Contemporary Art Prize, Canberra Contemporary Art Space
ARC Brisbane Biennale, Raw Space Galleries
From Space to Place, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

2004
Tactile Art Award, Object - Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney

2003
I’m in love, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane
Natural Selection, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Somewhere Else, Photo Technica Exhibition Space, Sydney
03 Light Fantastic, Phatspace @ Project, Sydney
2D a 3D Tool, Maitland City Art Gallery
Satisfaction, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea; New England Regional Art Museum; Craft ACT, Canberra;
Cairns Regional Gallery; Sturt Gallery, Mittagong; Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery

Published
Photo feature Common Ground, Issue 3 2015  http://www.commongroundjournal.com/issues/#/issue03/
Photo feature Landscape Stories, edited by Heidi Romano, Australian Issue 2015. http://www.landscapestories.net/
VAULT Magazine PHOTO ESSAYS, Issue 5, November 2013
Excerpt Magazine, Issue 2, 2012, cover artist
NEW ROMANTICS DARKNESS AND LIGHT IN AUSTRALIAN ART, Simon Gregg, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Kew, Victoria, 2010
TIME AND SPACE : ART & ARTIST RUN SPACES 1970 TO NOW, Ann Finegan, Gymea, N.S.W, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 2010

An ideal for living, exhibition catalogue, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2008, (text) p15, 25, (art) p15,16,18
ARTSPACE PROJECTS 2006, p159
Runway, V2, 2003

Selected Bibliography
Exhibition review, THE AGE Spectrum, Dan Rule, Feb 14 2015, p21
‘Pluta, Ferran, crowEST and Arps' Melbourne exhibitions imbued with benignity and terror’ THE AGE,
   Robert Nelson, February 17 2015
Interview, Try Hard Magazine, Andrew Yip (http://tryhardmagazine.com/interview-izabela-pluta), 2014
‘Art Radar #1: Photography’ ART GUIDE, Amy Marjoram, 7 May 2014
‘Agency of inanimate objects’ ART GUIDE, Toby Fehily, May/JUNE 2014, p43
‘Agency of inanimate objects’ ALTMEDIA, Leann Richards, 2 May 2014
‘Izabela Pluta Taken on the same day as the other photo’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Dane Rule, Aug 3 2013
‘Racks and ruin: framing decay’ THE AGE, Robert Nelson, July 31 2013, p50
‘Rethinking the Margins’, SURFACE ASIA, Olha Romaniuk, 10 Dec 2012
‘Study for a sham ruin’, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SPECTRUM, Lynne Dwyer, April 28-29, 2012, p12
‘Art sucks: monstrous breast bombs and classical maternity’ Robert Nelson, THE AGE,March 16, 2011, p5
'Izabela Pluta: Sailing for the abyss', Dan Rule, THE AGE, April 24 2010, p20
‘Temporary transformations’, AUSTRALIAN ART REVIEW, Apolline Kohen, Feb-April 2010, p72
'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow' Dan Rule, THE AGE, September 12, 2009
‘Ok with my decay: Encounters with chronology in the work of four contemporary Australian artists’, Simon Gregg, ARTLINK, Vol 29, No 1, 2009, p61-63
Back to the City. Strategies for Informal Urban Intervention, Steffen Lehmann, 2009, Hatje Cantz
Stuttgart/Berlin
‘Back to the city? The re-berth of coal’, ARTMONTHLY, April #208, 2008, p5
‘Inexorable march to ruin celebrated’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, Robert Nelson, April 2, 2008, p17
‘Art matters’, MCV, Lucy Elliot, Issue 376, March 20, 2008
‘An ideal for living’, TROUBLE ARTS TRAFFIC, Cassie May, March 2008, p12
‘Domestic sublime’, ART MONTHLY, Melissa Hart, March #207, 2008, p53
‘Art around the galleries’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, Megan Backhouse, March 29, 2008, A2 p20
‘Lifting the lids’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, April 4, 2008
‘Making mirrors and breaking walls’, ARTSPACE PROJECTS 2006, Ashley Whamond, p13
‘Dilemma of making decisions’, WEST AUSTRALIAN, WEEKEND EXTRA, Ric Spencer, June 16 2007, p13
‘Open gallery, Sometime’, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SPECTRUM, Clara Iaccarino, Jan 26-28 2007, p16
‘in trouble’, MELBURNIN, Simon Gregg, Dec/Jan 2007, p16
‘Four Photographers’, ART COLLECTOR, Timothy Morrell, Feb 2006, p251
‘Illustration of rights and wrongs is a snap’, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD METRO, Robert McFarlane, Dec13, 2005
‘There and back’, REALTIME, Kate McMillan, June/July 2005, p40