Ivan Mršić is a Croatian New Zealand interdisciplinary artist, percussionist, composer and improviser.

His work crosses many disciplines, he builds his practice on notions of avant gardé transforming them into contemporary dialoge. He has a fascination and annoyance with consumerism, waste and excessive energy consuption.

His video installations in darkened venues, transform the audiences perception of processes and materials that he has manipulated. He references today's consumerism as a society of deception and exploitation. Part of his aural experimental practice explores the sonic potential of discarded everyday-objects. He also builds instruments himself – his “Theareye
Collection”. These objects and instruments have become vehicles for composition, improvisation and experimentation in performance and sound.

In 2012, Ivan completed Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland.



PERSONAL DETAILS

Date of birth: April 1957, Zagreb, Croatia
New Zealand Citizen

EDUCATION
  • 1982 Graduated from the Faculty of Graphics, Drawing and Engraving,
    University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1983 Percussion Studies, Conservatory of Music, Montreux, Switzerland,
  • 1985 Montreux, Jazz Clinics
  • 1987 Village Jazz International Grožnjan, Croatia
  • 2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts The University of Auckland
  • 2012 Master of Fine Arts - First Class Honours, The University of Auckland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2013 Auckland Festival of Photography (Photography), Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Simulcast (Painting), with Zita Joyce, Sally Ann Mcintyre and Jay Hollows,
    Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
  • 2012 Elam-Ilam (Video), Group Show,The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2012 Gordon’s Walter Prize (Sculpture), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles (Video and Sculture), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 Finalist in 20th Annual Wallace Art Award (Video), The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ
  • 2011 Pollution (Sculpture), George Fraser Gallery, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 Elam Graduate Show (Sculpture), The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • 2009 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ
  • 2009 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2008 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Artspace, Auckland, NZ
  • 2007 Finalist in National Drawing Award 2006 (Drawing), Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2006 Finalist in National Drawing Award 2006 (Drawing), Artspace, Auckland, NZ
  • 2006 Finalist in Orchid Show (Painting), University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • 2006 Finalist in Adam Portraiture Award (Painting), Wellington, NZ
  • 2005 Finalist in 14th Annual Wallace Art Award (Painting), Auckland, NZ
  • 1987 Grupenkunstwerk (Installation), International Exhibition of Art Groups, Kassel, Germany

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2011 The Ritual (Painting), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2008 Kahva (Painting), The Depot Artspace, Auckland, NZ
  • 2006 Gumdiggerʼs Dream (Painting), EA Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2005 My Mamako (Photography), EA Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 1993 Jazz Portraits (Photography), DKD, Auckland, NZ
  • 1988 Jazz Portraits (Photography), Art Centre Đuro Đakovic Zagreb, Croatia

SOUND EXPERIENCE – Performance and Installation
  • 2014 Festival of Uncertainty, Sold Them Out (sound performance),
    Old Folks Association, Auckland, NZ
  • 2014 Sounding Tiritiri Matangi, Phil Dadson’s Project, Tiritiri Matangi Island, NZ
  • 2013 Freedom Farmers, et al., description, sound compilation, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Frontside, Performance with Joseph Griffen, Plaza Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 A Whole Lotta Cocks With No Balls, Jeff Henderson exhibition.
    Performance with Josh Rutter and Ben Holmes
    Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Equinox- The Intercontinentals with Rosie Langabeer and
    Somin Son, Artspace, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Sound preformance with Phill Dryson and Torben Tilly,
    For New Structures Gregor Kregar's show at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Performance with Andre Vida (US),
    Wystan Curnow, Jeff Henderson, Hermione Johnson, Josh Rutter. See video.
  • 2013 The Projection Band with Jeff Henderson, Heremione Johnson, Phill Dryson, Josh Rutter,
    Kristian Larsen, John Radford and Torben Tilly, Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
  • 2013 Simulcast, Radio Performance with Andrew Clifford and Jay Hollows, Audio Foundation, NZ
  • 2013 Sounding Tiritiri Matangi, Phil Dadson’s Project, Tiritiri Matangi Island, NZ
  • 2012 A view from the top view to looking up common sense, Oracle Tower Performance
    with Phil Dadson, Karin Hofko, and John Radford
  • 2012 10th Anniversary Vitamin S Festival, Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2012 Audio Foundation Festival, Vitamin S, Silo Park, Auckland, NZ
  • 2012 Et Al-Films from non-existent in the everyday world?, Jonathan Smart Gallery, soundtrack
  • 2012 The Dream House Orchestra, Te Tuhi Gallery
    With John Bell, Chris OʼConnor and Felix OʼConnell
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles II, Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
    With John Bell, Chris OʼConnor and Phil Dadson
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles I, Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
    With Sean Kerr and Phil Dadson
  • 2011 The Ritual, Sound Performance The Projection Band With Phil Dadson and Sean Kerr
    Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 From a Ripple to a Swell-LATE at the Museum Tsubasa Kawamoto/ Ivan Mršić,
    Auckland Museum, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 T-Party, The Projection Band, Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 Te Tuhi Carnival, Te Tuhi Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 Video Life, Ko Nakajama and Kentaro Taki, live performance, St Paulʼs Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 Palcontents, Whammy Bar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2011 Trans-cryption (sound performance), Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 Jonny Marks with Superstars of Westlynn, Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 DIY Workshop circuit bending, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 Superflux co llaboration (sound, video, 16 mm film) Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 B 431 Projectspace, Collaboration with Kikiilimikilii,
    The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 Hypnosis at Wine Cellar collaboration with Jacob C Hammes Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 The Original Orifice, The Ambassador Cinema, Auckland, NZ
  • 2010 Sound Invention Convection Festival, Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2009 Auckland Fringe Festival, Collaboration, 10 Acre Block, Auckland, NZ
  • 2009 Collaboration, Shoji Hano, Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
  • 2009 Cross Street Carnival performance, Cross Street, Auckland, NZ
  • 1977-1979 Jazz Youth Orchestra Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979-1982 Jazzzest Quintet, Zagreb, Croatia

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE
  • 1976-1978 Photographer for various youth magazines
  • 1976-1978 Teaching Photography, Community Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1985-1988 Freelance Photographer

OTHER ART-RELATED EXPERIENCE
  • 1975-1979-Working at the Childrenʼs Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia

COLLECTIONS
  • Work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Canada, USA, Japan and Europe



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