Guy Louden

Current Work

Preppers   (2017–2019)

Preppers are a subculture of people that actively prepare for the collapse of society. They collect specialised survival products, skills, and knowledge. Prepping has developed its own codified aesthetics, vocabulary, and consumer objects that embody its apocalyptic and individualistic values.

Preppers is a collaborative project of artists Guy Louden, Dan McCabe, and Loren Kronenmyer. Exhibitions have appeared at Bus Projects, Firstdraft, and Polizia galleries. In 2019 the project will be presented in a major exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre.

View Project

Guy Louden, Bug Out Bag, 2017, digital render

Guy Louden, Loren Kronemyer, Dan McCabe, Ark, 2018, pelican case, flash drives

Guy Louden, Capriccio, 2017, digital render

Selected Exhibitions

Date Show Gallery Role
TBC 2019 Preppers Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Artist, Producer
14 March 2018 WROL Bus Projects, Melbourne Artist
6 September 2017 SHTF Firstdraft, Sydney Artist, Curator
8 April 2017 Preppers Polizia, Perth Artist
20 Febuary 2016 No Confidence Success, Perth Curator
19 Febuary 2016 Theatres PIAF, Perth Curator
6 June 2015 Specific Gravity Moana, Perth Curator

Galleries

I have founded and run independent galleries, most notably Success and Moana.

Success was an ambitious platform for contemporary art, running from 2015 until 2016. Success transformed the abandoned basement of a department store into a cavernous 2,800m2 multi-gallery exhibition venue. Based in the historic city centre of Fremantle, Western Australia, the gallery presented more that 25 cutting-edge arts exhibitions, featuring over 90 international and Australian artists. I co-founded, designed, developed, and was Program Manager of Success.

Moana Project Space was a prominent artist-run gallery that existed between 2012 and 2018. It exhibited emerging and leading experimental Australian artists alongside established national and international artists. It participated in the Perth International Arts Festival, Fringe World Festival, and Spring 1883. I joined Moana in 2014 and became a Director in 2015.

In 2017 Moana passed on to a new team of Directors, who in 2018 formed Cool Change Contemporary in new premises.

Games

What are you prepping for?, 2018

A first-person drifter videogame set in an abstract post-apoc world. Features found-text from prepper survival forums. Presented as part of SHTF at Firstdraft gallery, Sydney.

Date Title Format
2018 Untitled AI, Ambient — Browser
2018 WROL FPS — PC
2017 What are you prepping for? Ambient — PC

About / CV

Guy Louden is a curator and artist based in Sydney. After completing a Master of Arts at the University of Manchester he joined Perth gallery Moana Project Space in 2013, becoming Director in 2014. In 2015 he co-founded and developed a large-scale art gallery, Success, and continued as Program Manager. He co-founded Polizia, an artist-run studio gallery in Fremantle. Throughout this period Louden curated exhibitions, including for the Perth International Arts Festival in 2015 and 2016, published essays, and produced art.

Contact: guypatricklouden@gmail.com

Education

2018– Master of Art Curating, University of Sydney
2012–13 Master of Arts (Art History), University of Manchester
2008–11 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts, English), University of Western Australia
2009–10 Study abroad scholarship University of California, Los Angeles

Exhibitions

• Co-curator and Artist, (upcoming), Fremantle Arts Centre, 2019
• Artist, WROL, Bus Projects, 2018
• Artist and Co-curator, SHTF, Firstdraft, 2017
• Artist, Preppers, Polizia, 2017
• Curator and Artist, GaiaGolf, Claremont Arts Festival 2017
• Artist, Outdoor Kit, ArtTra festival, 2017
• Curator and Artist, Bye, Success, 2016
• Curator, No Confidence, Perth International Arts Festival, 2016
• Curator, Theatres, Perth International Arts Festival, 2015
• Curator, Specific Gravity, Moana Project Space, 2015

Publications

• Exhibition Exegesis, No Confidence: PIAF Visual Arts Guide, 2016
• Catalogue Essay, Khazi: Lilly Kaiser, Moana Project Space, 2015
• Exhibition Exegesis, Theatres: Perth International Arts Festival Guide, 2015
• Essay, Hyperborea, Free Range, 2014
• Catalogue Essay, Warning: Simon Finn, Moana Project Space, 2013

Residencies

• Fremantle Arts Centre, 2017
• Curatorial Exchange, hosted by Artspace, 2016

Professional Experience

• Art Install Technician, Carriageworks, 2018
• Art Install Technician, Fremantle Arts Centre, 2017
• Artist Field Officer/GA, Warakurna Artists, 2017
• Founder/Member, Polizia studio gallery, Fremantle 2017
• Art Install Technician, Wesfarmers Collection, 2016
• Artist Field Officer/GA, Martumili Arts, 2016
• Founder/Program Manager, Success, 2015
• Director, Moana Project Space, 2014-2017

Guy Louden

guypatricklouden@gmail.com

Images: D.McCabe

Code: G.Louden