Andrea Heller was born in Zurich in 1975. She trained as a graphic designer, then spent a brief period in self-employment before going on to study at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) of Hamburg and at the Zurich University of the Arts. She graduated in 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 she was awarded a studio scholarship from the BINZ39 Foundation, a work grant from the Canton of Zurich and a scholarship from the City of Zurich to work in a studio in the Cité des Arts in Paris. Her artwork encompasses various media; as well as painting and drawing, she works in silhouettes, collage, photography and sculpture. Her pieces are included in a number of public and private collections, and have been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, such as the “aller/retour II – Carte Blanche à Fischli/Weiss” exhibition at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris.
A curator and writer based in San Francisco, where she is Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute. Nguyen was formerly Director/Curator of Artspeak from 2011-2016. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and periodicals nationally and internationally, with recent texts in catalogues published by Pied-à-Terre (San Francisco), Gluck 50/Mousse (Milan), and the Herning Museum of Art (Denmark). Nguyen is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curators in Contemporary Canadian Art and the 2016 Joan Lowndes Award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing.
Rebecca Geldard is a critic based in London currently writing for TimeOut, Modern Painters, Saatchi Online, Kulture Flash, Miser&Now, among other print and online publications. She has contributed and edited numerous essays and texts for gallery- and book-related projects and is a board member at London gallery Coleman Projects.
Artist: Andrea Heller
Writers: Rebecca Geldard
Category: Artist book
Design: Andrea Heller
Printer: Apres Midi Lab, Paris
Year published: 2013
Pages: 4 booklets, 20pp each, 80pp total
Binding: Staple bound
Features: 4 booklets
Weight: 73 g
Dimensions: 19 x 11 x 0.5 cm each
Price: $12 CDN
Holeness is a collaboration between artist Andrea Heller and writer Rebecca Geldard. This four-part series of images and micro stories explores the physical and metaphorical resonances of holes. For all the implied emptiness and stillness, a hole is an active disturbance within another structure, dug, cut, worn and punched into and out of being. Both Heller’s fantastical combinations of abstract and recognisable forms and Geldard’s capsule narratives draw upon this sense of tension surrounding the hole as evidence of an act, the complexities of objecthood and an articulation of absence.