Kristin McIver is an Australian artist based in Brooklyn NY, whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. The works, made from neon and acrylic, explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our hyper-consumer culture. McIver aims to break down the illusions of commodity aesthetics.
Borrowing advertising’s tools of seduction – emotive language, light, and hyper-gloss materials - her artworks mimic the seductive promotions of commoditised ideals before exposing the impact of perpetual consumer cycle on our culture and environment. By subverting the very notion of desire, McIver’s works expose the false realities imposed by urban indoctrination.
Since completing her Master of Visual Art at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne 2009, McIver’s work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas. Recent exhibitions include “Ways of Reading” at Court Tree Collective in New York, “Melbourne Now” at the National Gallery of Victoria, “Status Quo” at James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, Asialink’s touring exhibition “Vertigo”, and “Lifeless III” at Royale Projects, California.
Her work was the winner of the “Melbourne Sculpture Prize” in 2012 and a finalist in numerous awards such as Montalto Sculpture Prize, Substation Contemporary Art Prize, and 3rd Ward’s Summer Open Call in New York. McIver has undertaken residencies in New York, at OMI International Arts Centre (2013) and Residency Unlimited (2014). In 2015 she will participate in the Vancouver Biennale residency program
McIver's work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and Latrobe University Museum of Art, and private collections in Australia, Europe, Asia, and North America.