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William Mansfield is a Sydney based multi-disciplinary visual artist. Pursuing a dynamic experimental DIY aesthetic, Mansfield utilises a broad range of mediums including video, sculpture and installation. Mansfield’s unique practice conflates ideas of schlock horror and glitch art with childhood nostalgia, interrogating notions of torment and the grotesque, with irreverent and kitsch humour. He employs pre-cinematic devices and handmade dioramas to weave together open-ended narratives within his work.

Mansfield graduated from COFA UNSW with 1st Class Honours (2007) and has since exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout Australia and abroad. His video practice has been concerned with interpretations of vulgarity and the puerile through the garish and humorous reappropriation of sampled material from cinema and television history, evident in his works Technicolour Yawn MCA Artbar (2012) and Chunder from Down Under exhibited as part of the Televisions Festival Carriageworks (2013).

Mansfield aims to reveal the mechanisms behind cinematic spectacles and illusions by remixing and manipulating cultural memory. Through his installation and sculptural work, Mansfield challenges traditional notions of the gallery by physically altering the space to impose on the audience, contradicting their expectations through theatrical trickery. This was explored in the collaborative work Grand Chasm, an experiential installation referencing human intervention in nature exhibited at Firstdraft gallery (2011).

Mansfield has collaborated with a variety of artists including Brown Council, Canyons and Daniel Boyd. He was the co-founder and key member of the theatre and remix collective Rhubarb Rhubarb responsible for Wonka: A live cinema remix (2007) and The Mad Max Remix (2009). Mansfield co-created and performed the hybrid theatre show Some Film Museums I Have Known at Nextwave Festival, ACMI Melbourne (2010).

This year Mansfield will embark upon an ambitious multi sensory installation reinterpreting Dante’s Inferno that will be exhibited at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney in May. He is currently a studio resident at Brand X’s Arts Incubator Space in St Leonards.

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EDUCATION

2007
1st Class Honours
Time Based Art
COFA, UNSW

2003 - 2005
Bachelor of Fine Arts
COFA, UNSW


EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS


2016
Living Art Weekend, Arthole, Sydney

2015
Tele Visions Afterlude - Experimenta Recharge
6th International Biennial of Media Art
Australian National Tour

2013
Tele Visions
Video screening & broadcast festival
Performance Space, Sydney

2012
Under the Sun
Small works group show
Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Bring You Own Beamer (BYOB)
Time Machine Festival, Sydney

Eddie Sharp’s June MCA Artbar
MCA, Sydney

30 days & 30 nights
Group Show
Fraser Studios, Sydney

2011
Grand Chasm
with Kenzie Larsen & Eddie Sharp
Firstdraft, Sydney

Life
Group Screen Printing Show
East Gallery, London, UK

Alphabet Soup
Group Typography Show
The Wall, World Bar, Sydney

A Stock Exchange
Imperial Panda Festival, Freda’s, Sydney

2010
Faxhibition
Co-Curator & Exhibitor
China Heights, Sydney

2009
Triple City Threat
Video Kills
NYC, Berlin & Sydney

Scenes from Paramount Mt
with Eddie Sharp
Serial Space, Sydney

Extra Cheeese – Stage 3: Retired Materials
The Groop Collective
Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery, Sydney

2008
Performing for the Camera
Video Installation
Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

Sydney Underground Film Festival
Commissioned Trailer

Loop Festival
Barcelona, Spain

Chancellery Exhibition
UNSW, Sydney

2007
COFA 07 Annual
Graduation Show. COFA, Sydney

Sydney Underground Film Festival

2006
Noise/Rage – Animation Festival
ABC TV Australia

NSW U Film Festival

2005
This is Not Art
Touring Festival Berlin, Germany

COFA 05 Annual
Graduation Show. COFA, Sydney

Elastic
COFA Art Award. Kudos, Sydney

Attention Deficit Power Hour
Group Screening
Electrofringe, Newcastle

Field Trip
Group Screening
COFA, Sydney

2004
Stunt Double
Group Performance show
Space3, Sydney

First Frames
Group Screening
Landfranchis, Sydney



THEATRE & PERFORMANCE

2011
Some Film Museums I Have Known
Rhubarb Rhubarb
The Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney

2010
Some Film Museums I Have Known
Rhubarb Rhubarb
ACMI, Nextwave Festival, Melbourne

2009
The Mad Max Remix
Rhubarb Rhubarb
Imperial Panda Festival, Sydney
Worlds Funniest Island, Cockatoo Island
Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne

2008
Wonka! A Live Cinema Remix
Rhubarb Rhubarb
Imperial Panda Festival, Sydney

2007
Wonka! A Live Cinema Remix
Rhubarb Rhubarb
Lan Franchis, Sydney
Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne



COLLABORATIONS

2014
Performance Art
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
Commissioned by the MCA for the 2014
Jackson Bella Room

2013/14
100 Million Nights
Canyons & Daniel Boyd
Visual Technician & Programmer
APT7, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Dark Mofo, Museum of Old & New Art, Hobart
Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne
Sydney Festival, Opera House, Sydney
Perth Festival, Chevron Gardens, Perth

2012
Contemporary Australia: Women
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
GOMA, Brisbane

2011
Primavera
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
MCA, Sydney

2009
Runaway
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney

2008
Scrum
Brown Council - Performance
Performer - Umpire
Live Lanes - By George! CBD, Sydney

Falling
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant

Milkshake
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
Kings Ari, Melbourne

2007
Love & Death in 8 Minutes
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

Milkshake
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant
Girl Parade, ACP, Sydney

Encore
Brown Council - Video Installation
Videographer/ Creative Consultant


GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2012
NSW Artists' Grant - NAVA
with Kenzie Larsen & Eddie Sharp

Fraser Studio Residency
with Kenzie Larsen & Eddie Sharp

2011
Firstdraft Emerging Artist
Studio Residency Program

with Kenzie Larsen & Eddie Sharp

2010
Albury HotHouse Residency
with Rhubarb Rhubarb

Fraser Studio Residency
with Rhubarb Rhubarb

Arts NSW Creation & Presentation Grant
with Rhubarb Rhubarb

2009
Kickstart recipient, Nextwave Festival
Some Film Museums I Have Known

Australia Council New Work Young Artists Initiative
with Rhubarb Rhubarb

Fraser Studio Residency
with Rhubarb Rhubarb

2008
Underbelly Public Arts Lab Residency
with Rhubarb Rhubarb



AWARDS

2015
Print of the Week - Winner
Rizzeria

2012
Finalist
Visual Design & Communications
QANTAS Spirit of Youth Awards

2007
1st Class Honours
COFA, UNSW

Dean’s Award
COFA, UNSW

Experimental Film Award
Sydney Underground Film Festival

2006
Winner
U Film Festival
NSW State Finals


PUBLICATIONS

2013
Tele Vision
Festival Program Guide

2009
Enduring Duration
Jo Skinner
Artlink – vol 29 no 1

PRESS

2011
Stocking Stuffers
Andrew Frost
Theartlife.com.au

Open gallery
Andrew Frost
Spectrum, SMH, 10 December

Sleight of hand and eye in diorama drama
Jason Blake
SMH, 4 March 2011