Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Damon Moon

Current Position

Creative Director of the Ceramics Studio, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, South Australia

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Design, South Australian school of Art, 1979
  • Graduate Diploma, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1981
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts 1996
  • Master of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, from the University of South Australia conferred 18th December 2006 for a thesis titled In the Beginning was the Word: Bernard Leach and the Australian Studio Pottery Movement from 1940 – 1964

Awards

  • 1976 South Australian Department of the Arts
  • 1977 Australia Council Grant
  • 1985 South Australian Department of the Arts
  • 1994/5 Australia Council – project grant
  • 1996 Australian Network for Art and Technology – project grant
  • 1998 Asialink residency Indonesia
  • 2000 Australia Council – project grant
  • 2002 to 2006 MF & MH Joyner scholarship (supporting three years of academic research during this period)
  • 2006 Arts SA project assistance
  • 2009 Arts SA project assistance

Selected Exhibitions – as exhibitor (from 1994)

  • Icons, Saints and Crosses (Damon Moon/Gregory Pryor) Aptos Cruz Gallery, Adelaide, 1994
  • Milk and Honey (Damon Moon/Gregory Pryor) Arterra Gallery, 1994
  • Imagined Landscapes – the Tasman Map Re-configured (Damon Moon/Steven Goldate) – see below
    • Project listing Imagined Landscapes – discrete exhibitions:
      • Storey Hall Gallery, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1999.
      • Object Gallery, Sydney 1999
      • Lucille Gallery, Munich 2000
    • Project listing Imagined Landscapes- curated exhibitions:
      • Imagined Landscapes as part of Patterning – Layers of Meaning in Contemporary Art curated by Merryn Gates
      • Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Phillipines 1997
      • Lahore School of Art, Pakistan 1997
      • Canberra School of Art Gallery, Australia 1997
      • Taman Budaya, Gajah Madah University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 1998
      • Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia 1998
      • Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia 1998
      • Gedung Pamarin Seni Rupa, Jakarta, Indonesia 1998
    • Imagined Landscapes as part of Hybrid Creatures (curator Jennifer Spinks for Contemporary Art Services, Tasmania)
      • Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart 1999
      • Devenport Gallery and Art Centre 1999
      • University Gallery (Launceston?) 1999
      • Craftwest WA 2001
      • Country Arts SA regional gallery tour 2001 (Port Adelaide New Land Gallery, Kangaroo Island Gallery, Berri River Lands Gallery, Mannum Dock Museum)
      • Gladstone Regional Art Gallery 2001
      • Toowoomba regional Art gallery 2001/02
    • Imagined Landscapes as part of Foldback ANAT project for the 1998 Adelaide Festival of Arts (various locations then touring during 1999 to Umbrella Studios, Townsville; Kick Arts, Cairns; 24 Hour Art, Darwin; PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth)
  •  Box curated by Suzi Attiwill for Craft Victoria, 1996
  • Craftwork West Space Gallery, 1997 (solo exhibition)
  • Curation (a curatorial discourse) (Postgraduate exhibition) Storey Hall Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne 1997
  • Wearable curated by Rifki Effendi, Gallery Padi, Bandung, Indonesia 1998
  • Offline curated by Kevin Murray as part of Sacred and Profane for the 1998 Telstra Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Visual Arts Program, JamFactory Gallery. (Damon Moon work Object Lesson 1996
  • Untitled project with Bernas newspaper, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (publication of four artworks in four editions of the newspaper)
  • The Real Thing Canberra Contemporary Art Space 1999 (ceramics by Damon Moon with an essay by Kevin Murray)
  • Décor curated by Brett Jones (Arts Victoria Discrete Projects) 1999
  • The Edible City as part of the Symposium of Australian Gastronomy: convenor Gay Bilson,  at the 2002 Telstra Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide 2002
  • Bowl Khai Liew Design, Adelaide 2006
  • Damon Moon – recent studio pottery Freeland Gallery, Sydney 2009 (solo)
  • 2016 Messing with Modernism JamFactory, Adelaide
  • 2017 Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2018 (Pending) Galleria Rubin, Milan

Exhibitions as curator

  • Curated as part of the 1997 Melbourne Festival, West Space Gallery, Melbourne curated by Suzi Attiwill and Damon Moon
  • AWAS! Recent Art from Indonesia curated by Mella Jaarsma, Alexandra Kuss, M. Dwi Marianto and Damon Moon. 1999 to 2002 project tour:
    • Museum Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
    • Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
    • Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    • Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Australia
    • Woolongong University Gallery, Woolongong, Australia
    • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
    • Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, Japan
    • Asian Fine Arts Pruss and Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • Ludwig Forum for International Art, Achen, Germany
    • Gallery W139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Forthcoming May 2019 – The Australian Ceramic’s Association member’s exhibition as part of Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart.
  • As yet untitled – exhibition in conjunction with Shepparton Art Museum, Bendigo Art Gallery and LaTrobe art collection 2018

Literary CV – selected texts

Damon Moon is one of Australia’s best known writers on ceramics.

In over fifty published essays, articles, book chapters and books he has examined aspects of Australian ceramics as part of the post-war crafts movement to the contemporary visual arts, and his research has also ranged to include other topics including contemporary Indonesian art and curatorial practice. What follows is a list of selected texts from the mid-nineties to the present day.

Articles published in the Journal of Australian Ceramics.

  • 45/1 – April 2006 ‘Kirsten Coelho’
  • 47/2 – July 2008 ‘A State of Flux’
  • 48/1 – April 2009 ‘A Workshop in Willunga’
  • 48/2 – July 2009 ‘Damon Moon (Australia)’
  • 48/3 – November 2009 ‘A Family Affair – the Boyds’
  • 49/1 – April 2010 ‘Bennetts Magill Pottery – a living history’
  • 49/2 – July 2010 ‘The Flying Scotsman’
  • 49/3 – November 2010 ‘Perspective’
  • 50/1 –  April 2011 ‘Vale Shiga Shigeo’
  • 50/1 – April 2011 ‘Vale Paul Soldner’
  • 50/1 – April 2010 ‘The Divine Potter’
  • 50/3 – November 2011 ‘A Potter’s Tale’
  • 50/3 – November 2011 ‘White Gums and Ramoxes’
  • 51/1 – April 2012 ‘Filthy Lucre’
  • 51/1 – April 2012 ‘Subversive Clay: aka  the 2nd  Australian Ceramics Triennale’
  • 51/1 – April 2012  ‘Tribute – David Boyd’
  • 51/2 – July 2012 ‘Australian Ceramics Triennale’ (second article)
  • 52/3 ‘Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’
  • 54/3 – November 2015 ‘Susan Frost – Ceramics’
  • 55/2 – July 2016 ‘Slight of Hand (sic) – Ceramics in The Magic Object: the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art’

Selected books, book chapters, articles, conference papers and public talks.

  • ‘Imagined Landscapes’ – Ceramics, Art and Perception 28, 1997
  • ‘Editorial’ and ‘A Coincidence of Curators’ in Greens No.7 December 1997
  • ‘Curators Introduction’ and ‘Some observations on trans-cultural curation’ in AWAS! Recent Art from Indonesia Hugh O’Neill and Tim Lindsey (ed.) Indonesian Arts Society, Melbourne 1999 also AWAS! Recent Art from Indonesia Walter Spies Society, Yogyakarta and Cologne, 2000
  • ‘Ceramics and the Haptic Lapse’ Craft originally published 2001
  • ‘Bowls, anyone?’ – catalogue essay Bowl 2006
  • ‘The Grammar of Clay’ Verge 11th National Ceramics Conference 2006
  • ‘Liz Williams – the Figure in Clay’ – Ceramics, Art and Perception 73, 2008
  • ‘Free Radicals’ – Keynote speaker Australian Ceramics Triennale, Sydney 2009
  • ‘And then came Funk’ – Bibliophile 12#3 published by the Friends of the State Library of South Australia, August 2009
  • ‘Across the Ditch: Australian Ceramics in the Post War Period’ – Cone Ten Down – studio pottery in New Zealand 1945 – 1980 by Moyra Elliot and Damian Skinner with an essay by Damon Moon, published by David Bateman, Ltd. 2009
  • ‘Klaus Gutowski – Haute Culture’ catalogue essay October 2010
  • ‘Another Still Life – visual culture and the training of the artist’ Craft Arts International #82, 2011
  • Invited speaker on panel ‘Critical Writing’ Subversive Clay – Australian Ceramics Triennale, Adelaide October/November 2012
  • ‘Post Skangaroovian’ catalogue essay South Australian School of Art Gallery 2012
  • ‘Stephen Bowers’ in Beyond Bravura Damon Moon and John Neylon, Wakefield Press 2013 (South Australian Living Artists publication)
  • ‘Ceramics as Biography’ Writing and Art panel Word Adelaide Festival 2013
  • ‘Gwyn Hanssen Pigott – some comments’ forum Art Gallery of South Australia 2013
  • ‘Ansate’ Garland magazine 2016
  • ‘Liz Williams – the Figure in Clay’ – rewritten for Wakefield Press publication Body Language on the work of the late Liz Williams, publication date October 2017

Awaiting Publication

  • Review of Gerry Wedd exhibition ‘Kitschen (sic) Man’ for November issue Journal of Australian Ceramics56/3
  • Article for Marmalade magazine (published by JamFactory) ‘The Resurgence of Australian Studio Pottery or How Everything Old is New Again’