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Dr Harrison W. See (b. 1990) is an artist, researcher and emerging curator interested in allegorical landscapes as means to explore cultural divergence and plurality—juxtaposing historical symbolisms with videogame tropes. See has undertaken 7 solo shows, 5 artist residencies, 3 curatorial projects and 8 collaborative exhibitions in Perth and Asia, as well as participated in multiple group exhibitions. Originally an industrial designer, See completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2015 after receiving the Louise Macfie Painting Prize. In 2016, he was awarded a New Colombo Plan (NPC) scholarship that funded his honours research in Shanghai, after receiving 1st class honours, See extended his NPC funding and returned to China for a 3-month artist’s residency in Xiamen. In 2019, See returned to ECU after being awarded a Research Training Program Scholarship and completed his practice-led PhD on dialogic cross-cultural collaboration. See is currently a researcher and tutor at ECU, while working from his studio at the artist run initiative Holmes Studio Collective.

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Artwork image: Harrison See (2023), Valley of Coasts and Beasts. Archival print on synthetic fibre (380 gsm) suspended from rod. 138m (H) x 103cm (W).
Exhibited: 
Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan [Phase 1] (curated by Harrison See, Desmond Mah, & Chee Kiong Yeo), Singapore Art Week (SAW), SCULPTURE2052, Singapore.


The flag-like artwork, Valley of Coasts and Beasts, is an allegorical response to the geographical and historical intersections between the numerous sea-bound cities of the Asia-Pacific region. The flow and erosion of water are explored as metaphors for the movement of culture and influence made possible by seas, rivers and oceans. Through an integration of videogame tropes and graphic devices, See imagines a discordant scene reflecting the pluralistic, and at times incommensurate, nature of cross-cultural spaces. It is the juxtaposition of videogame aesthetics with the materialities of textiles—specifically, banners, flags and tapestries—through which See depicts a tense duality of two horsemen. Neither horseman represents a particular culture, however, their duality is analogous to dualistic metanarratives, such as the East-vs-West binary, that often oversimplify past (and present) cross-cultural interactivity. Although these two figures dominate the landscape, the landscape simultaneously envelopes them in a constellation of subtler localised storytelling. While parts of this constellation corroborate the horsemen’s dominance, others serve as alternative, or even contradictory counternarratives.

Education

2022      PhD (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), The Australian Research
2017      Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2016      Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2011      Bachelor of Arts (Design), Majoring in Industrial Design, Curtin University, WA

Solo Exhibitions

2022      Far-Away Island, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2019      Hollow Flight, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2018      Weightless, Kent Street Gallery, Victoria Park, WA

2018      Urban Tree, The Lobby, Swanbourne, WA

2018      Physical Mindfulness of Painting, Mundaring Arts Centre (Gallery 2), Mundaring, WA

2017      Tower of Modern | 当潮之塔, Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen

2016      The Nature of Wanting, Studio 281, Maylands, WA

Curation

2024      Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan [Phase 2] (Yeo, C. K., Mah, D, & See, H. W.), Old Customs House, Artsource, Fremantle (June)

2024      Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan [Phase 1] (See, H. W., Mah, D, & Yeo, C. K.), Singapore Art Week (SAW), SCULPTURE2052, Singapore

2023      Crossroads and Convergences (H. See), Nyisztor Studio, Melville/Palmyra, WA.

2023      HERENOW23: In-Between-ness (H. See), Fringe World Festival, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA.

Artist Residencies

2021      Perth College, Mount Lawley, WA – 1 week(s)

2020      Fringe World Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA – 4 week(s)

2018      Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, Victoria Park, WA – 10 week(s)

2018      Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA – 6 week(s)

2017      Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen – 3 month(s)

Collaborative Exhibitions

2021       A Place We Call Home, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA

2021       Polyphony: CERAH Exchange Showcase, Fringe World Festival, Gallery 25, Mount Lawley, WA

2020       Intermission, Yagan Square Digital Tower, Perth, WA

2020       Nexus: A Group Show, Perth Fringe Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA

2018       Paradise’s Parasite III | 寄生者 III, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2017       Passage Self Strange, Turner Galleries (Engine Room 2), Northbridge, WA

2017       Paradise’s Parasite II | 寄生者II, The Sino-British College | 英皇茶室, Shanghai

2017       Paradise’s Parasite | 寄生者, Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai

Selected Exhibitions

2024      Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan [Phase 2] (curated Chee Kiong Yeo, Desmond Mah, & Harrison W. See), Old Customs House, Artsource, Fremantle (upcoming, June)

2024      Paper Trails Between Lion and Swan [Phase 1] (curated by Harrison W. See, Desmond Mah, & Chee Kiong Yeo), Singapore Art Week (SAW), SCULPTURE2052, Singapore

2022      Divergent Terrain (curated by Kelsey Ashe), Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA

2022      City of Joondalup IAP | Invitation Art Prize (curated by Julia Robinson-White), Whitford City, Joondalup

2021      Nexus: A Group Show (curated by Lyndall Adams & Nicola Kaye), Gallery 25 (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2021      Industrial Mythos (curated by Greg Molloy), INTOO Studios, Northbridge, WA

2021      ION II | In Our Nature (curated by Monique Tippet), Lost Eden Creative ARI, Dwellingup, WA

2021      The Mandorla Art Award (curated by Lyn Di Ciero), Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA

2020      Tenth International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts | 第十届国际传统艺术邀请展,  Shanghai Art Collection Museum, Shanghai

2020      Tied Up With String (curated by Clare Stroud), Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

2019      Nexus: A Group Show (curated by Lyndall Adams & Nicola Kaye), Gallery 25, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2018      Sculptures on the Scarp (curated by Amy Pepper), Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington, WA

2017      Stations of the Cross (curated by Claire Bushby), Wesley Church, Perth, WA / Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA

2017      Extended Focus (curated by Gregory Pryor), Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2017      34th Annual Sculpture Survey Exhibition (curated by R. M. Gomboc), Gomboc Gallery & Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA

2016      Third Space Project (curated by Clive Barstow), Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai

2015      IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference (curated by artists from Royal College of Art), China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2015      32nd Sculpture Survey (curated by R. M. Gomboc), Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA             

2014      31st Sculpture Survey (curated by R. M. Gomboc), Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA

Awards & Grants

2023      Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), WA – $15,000 (co-curated project)

2023      Innovative Application of Research Methods Award (co-recipient), DCAM, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

2023      SAH Research Support Funding, School of Arts and Humanities (SAH), Edith Cowan University – $1,290

2023      Professional Development Award, Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child – $500.00

2021      Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), WA – $14,980 (solo-curated project)

2021     Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), WA – $4,050 (co-curated project)

2020      Ellenbrook Overall Prize, Ellenbrook-Swan Art Award, WA – $1000

2020     Yagan Square Digital Tower Screen Initiative (co-recipient), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, WA – $1,000 (co-recipient)

2020      Research Culture Grant (co-recipient), School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, WA – $400 (co-recipient)

2019      Research Culture Grant (co-recipient), School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, WA – $400 (co-recipient)

2018      Research Training Program Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $85,000

2015      The Louise Macfie Painting Prize, Edith Cowan University, WA – $2,000
2015      New Colombo Plan Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $35,000
2015      New Colombo Plan Student Mobility Grant, Edith Cowan University, WA – $1,200

2010      Design Award for Excellence, Curtin University, WA

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