Shannon Novak

b. 1979

Shannon Novak is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He works in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a focus on using geometric forms to explore his deep and abiding interest in the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. He has been engaged in public commissions in Auckland, New Plymouth, and Denver, and co-founded West gallery at The University of Auckland in 2012. His work has been shown internationally in venues such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Ningbo Museum of Art, and Georgia Museum of Art. He completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2016.

Education
Master of Fine Arts (Hons), Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2014)
Master of Education (Hons), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2009)
Bachelor of Applied Information Systems, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2001)
 
Selected exhibitions
2016
Leitmotif, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington
Garden Centennial, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Pelham Bay Park, New York, (USA)
Cloaked Interludes, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico, (USA)
Certainly Very Merry, Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland
 
2015
Deep Concinnity, Te Tuhi, Auckland (installation)
Art and Science, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York, (USA) (group)
Data Body as Artifact, 14th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality exhibition, Fukuoka International Congress Center, Fukuoka, (Japan) (group)
Solid Colour: Part I, Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland (group)
The 15th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (USA) (group)
Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island (group)
 
2014
Cryptocosmos, Te Uru, Auckland (installation)
Activating Te Uru, Te Uru, Auckland (group)
Common Time, Gallery 101, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, (Lithuania) (installation)
Refractor, Pehrspace, Los Angeles, California, (USA) (group)

2013
Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (group)
Pastorale, Sheep Meadow, Central Park, Manhattan, New York, USA (installation)
Dazibao, (touring exhibition) Organhaus, Chongqing, China; and Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China (group)
3rd Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium exhibition, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, Auckland (group)
Score Generators, Aotea Centre, Auckland (solo)
Transcriptions Verse 2, Locations: -39.057371,174.072141, -39.058434,174.070103, -39.056442, 174.072691 (installation)
Transcriptions Verse 1, Locations: -36.848264,174.762129, -36.851364,174.766527, -36.852926,174.763411 (installation)

Public Commissions
Rhapsody, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand (2016)
Listening Forms, NZME Building, Auckland, New Zealand (2015)
Con Sordina, Downtown Denver LED Screen, 14th and Arapahoe, Denver, Colorado, USA (2014)
Screen Harmonics, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2013)
String Section, Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (2013)
Harmonic Stream, Sandringham Village, Auckland, New Zealand (2013)
 
Selected Residencies
Master Artist in Residence Program, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA (2016)
SCANZ Residency, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2013)
CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, Dallas, Texas, USA (2011)

Collections
ANZ Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
J. Conrad Dunagan Library Special Collections, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, USA
Museum of Geometric and MADI Art Collection, Dallas, Texas, USA
New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection, Wellington, New Zealand
PricewaterhouseCoopers Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Roswell Museum and Art Center Collection, Roswell, New Mexico, USA
University of Waikato Art Collection, Hamilton, New Zealand
Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected bibliography
2016
Cytowic, R. E. (2016). Art on the synesthetic spectrum. Exhibition essay.
Kedgley, H. (2016). Leitmotif. Exhibition catalogue.
Kim, H. (Producer). (2016, 26 June). Sensory education: the key to creativity. Television broadcast. South Korea: Educational Broadcasting System (EBS).
Portraits need not always be figurative. (2016). Art News New Zealand, 36(3), 119.
Shingade, B. (2016). Soft Architecture. Exhibition catalogue.
Shingade, B., & Johnson, E. (2016). Shannon Novak: Listening Forms. Essay.
 
2015
Abbott, D. (2015). Outdoor pursuits: summer sculpture on the Hauraki Gulf. Art New Zealand, 153, Autumn, 56-59.
Armstrong, K. (2015). String Section. Art and Disruption (p.94).
Gregory, J. (Presenter). (2015, 9 August). Cryptocosmos. Radio broadcast. Auckland: Radio New Zealand.
Hurrell, J. (2015, August 11). Echoing colour and more. EyeContact.
Hurrell, J. (2015, October 1). Novak wall drawings. EyeContact.
McAvoy, E. (2015). Augmenting architecture: Shannon Novak's Cryptocosmos. Exhibition essay.
Pastorale. (2015). Issues in Science and Technology, 32(1), 96.
Walsh, K. (2015, April 2). The art of illusion. The Gisborne Herald.
Wood, A. P. (2015). Analogue sourcecode. Exhibition essay.