Michaela Gleave is a contemporary artist currently living and working in Sydney, Australia. Gleave’s conceptually driven practice spans numerous mediums and platforms, including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture and video. Gleave’s projects question our relationship to time, matter and space, focusing in particular on the changing intersections between art, science and society.
Returning frequently to the space of the sky as a site for enquiry Gleave’s projects reference natural phenomena and tricks of perception, looking to the edges of experience as a means of better understanding the structures and frameworks that shape our knowledge of the universe. Often-temporal, Gleave’s works oscillate between the micro and the macro, between the spaces of personal experience and global understanding, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.
Michaela Gleave’s work has been presented extensively across Australia as well as in Germany, Greece, The United Kingdom, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, the United States and Mexico. Gleave holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours First Class) from the University of Tasmania. Gleave has been awarded residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, and was resident artist with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science during 2012-13. Gleave won the 2015 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and was awarded a prestigious Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts (2013).
Gleave’s exhibitions and projects include: ‘Messages of Hope, Messages of Love’, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2020; ‘Vrystaat Arts Festival’, South Africa, 2020; ‘Coronal Mass’ (solo), Dark Mofo, Hobart, 2019; ‘Time’, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, 2018; ‘The Score’, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017; ‘2016 Bristol Biennial: In Other Worlds’, Bristol, UK, 2016; ‘Aufstiege’, KunstRegion Stuttgart, Germany, 2016; ‘Trace: Performance and its Documents’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2014; ‘A Day is Longer than a Year’ (solo), Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, 2013; ‘Our Frozen Moment’ (solo) The Carriageworks, Sydney, 2012; ‘We Are Made of Stardust‘ (solo) Art Futures, Hong Kong Art Fair, 2012; ‘Octopus 11: The Matter of Air’, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White)’, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2010; and ‘Primavera 09’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009.
A Galaxy of Suns
A Galaxy of Suns is a spectacular 32-part choir performance that ‘sings’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, the work documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data in a unique celebration of the majesty and beauty of the cosmos.