Chris Bennie, Video Artist, Greatest Hits Vol. 3 exhibition

The opportunity to contribute to culture and get better at it as I mature ...

Between working at the Griffith Art Gallery by day and tutoring young artists in the afternoons, Chris Bennie manages to find enough time to practise his own artistic talents through the creation of beautiful still and moving imagery. With non-narrative video art his specialty, Chris is currently exhibiting his latest work The Commonwealth Perspective at the Institute of Modern Art in Fortitude Valley. One of nine Queensland artists chosen to exhibit as part of Greatest Hits Volume 3, Chris takes subjects usually depicted as unremarkable and frames them in a whimsical and spontaneous light. His current piece follows moody, hypnotic footage of a churning ocean, accompanied by a foghorn soundtrack. The Weekend Edition caught up with Chris to discover his perfect weekend.

How do you like to start your weekend?
Swim training at the UQ Aquatic Centre, followed by yoga or a surf if there’s a decent swell.

How do you like to unwind?
Catch up on some podcasts or a bit of telly.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Swimming, yoga, surfing, friends and techno.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Sleep in.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
Watch a movie or have a jam.

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Swim training at the UQ Aquatic Centre followed by yoga.

What are you reading at the moment?
An unauthorised biography on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

What inspires you?
The opportunity to contribute to culture and get better at it as I mature.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a truck driver.

What has been your greatest achievement?

What is success to you?
Not worrying about the future.

What are your words of wisdom?
We are water.

Only a local would know … there’s bugger all petrol stations left in the city.


Perk up … Barsoma, Fortitude Valley
Relax … At home
Dine … Siam Square, New Farm
Indulge … Byron Bay/Northern NSW
Shop … St Vinnies
Catch-up … At friends’ houses
Be inspired … Anywhere



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