Born 1971, Perth. Lives and works Melbourne.
Stuart Ringholt’s work takes many forms, from performance, video and sculpture to collaborative workshops, and is characterised by a resolute sense of art as a social enterprise. Personal and social themes such as fear and embarrassment are often presented through absurd situations or amateur self-help environments, including nude gallery tours, anger workshops and participatory performance works. Other works involve the transformation of the found object and popular media imagery that meaningfully interrogate and impact on the original.
Stuart Ringholt has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include ArtCologne (2016); Stuart Ringholt: Nudes, Signs, and a Contract Osmos Gallery New York (2015); New Works Milani Gallery Brisbane (2015); Stuart Ringholt: Kraft, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); Starring William Shatner As Curator, Society, Sydney and TCB, Melbourne (2011); Vitrines, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2010); Video Works, Club Laundromat, New York (2009); Low Sculpture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2008); Gallery Room, Mirka at Tolarno Hotel/Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007); and Pulse, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne (2006).
Recent group exhibitions include Performa 15 with Richard Bell et al (2015); Dead Ringer PICA Perth (2015); 9/11 Moana Project Space Perth (2015); Lurid Beauty; Australian Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia (2015); Taking It All Away MCA Sydney (2014); Benglis 73/74 Sutton Project Space (2014); Art Is A Verb Monash University Museum of Art (2014); The Working Life IMA Brisbane (2014); The Talking Cure Oakville Galleries Canada (2014); Impact Art Gallery of Western Australia (2014); The Last Laugh apexart New York (2013); dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Local Positioning Systems, MCA, Sydney (2012); Open House Singapore Biennale (2011); Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); Before and After Science: 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d’Arte, Rome (2009); Revolutions: Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney (2008); and The One and the Many, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2007). Ringholt’s work is held in a number of collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, MCA Sydney, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, GOMA Brisbane, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, as well as private collections.
The first monograph on Ringholt’s work, Kraft, was co-published by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2014.