Luke Chiswell is an Australian visual artist, now based in Los Angeles, CA. Working with diverse mediums and techniques, primarily abstract painting and sculpture, Chiswell is fascinated by the constraints of materializing place and time. The artist continuously experiments with new processes to capture movement, memorialize moments and represent time. Gathering found materials from a chosen environment, Chiswell creates a language for each work. Heaving influenced by his rural upbringing in the small town of Collector in Australia, as well as his involvement in skateboarding culture, the artist’s work is best described as primal and honest, while maintaining an unnerving complexity. Chiswell’s work has been is exhibited across Australia, China and the United States. Recent residencies and public works include Beijing, ‘The Opposite House’ and Nicaragua ‘Maderas Village’ and a 7ft bronze sculpture ‘Hold Your Head Up’ in Belmore Park NSW, Australia.
“The movement and texture within the works reflects the level of intensity in my creative process - intuitive markings, scratches and scrawls both deliberate and accidental, are all visible. Excessive folds of canvas elude to more than fits the frame, more of the space of interest than can fit within the work. Trying to fit more in.
The objet trouve materials which form my sculptural work highlight the importance of artistic choice. The combination of materials gathered from a chosen environment are considered based on the perceived time value of each object, collectively creating an abstract representation of time. The lifespan of each individual material in the work then articulates its function as a measurement of time. Considering a rock is older than a branch, I use the rock to represent the longest length of time within a work. Freezing fabric in motion, or casting rock and branch in metal, I addresses past and future through direction of movement, capturing a short moment in time, attempting to hold on to it and make it last.” - Luke Chiswell
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016, NEW WORK - Local Press - ACT - Feb 2015, MOKAI CLUB - Art Basel Miami Dec 2015, TO YOUNG TO WIN TO OLD TO LOSE - Tiny Tailor Syd Nov 2015, TOUCH LINE - Solo Show - Chasm Gallery New York - Jul 2015, WAITING AWAY - Solo Show - Soju Girl - May,June 2015, NEW DAY - AW Womens Collection - Fashfest Mar 2015, AS IT GOES - Solo Show - Nishi Gallery - Feb 2014, HAVE A LOVELY DAY - Friend Gallery ACT - Dec 2014, LP - LC - Local Press, Canberra - Oct 2014, NEW WORK NEW YORK - Union Ave, Brooklyn - Jun 2014, STRAIGHT FACE - Nishi Gallery Newacton - Mar / Apr 2013, CRAFT ACT “POD” - Lonsdale Street Traders - Jan / Feb 2013, FACE FACING - Canberra Contemporary Art Space Feb / Mar 2012, UNTITLED - Honkytonks Bar - May 2012, BONDI SHOW - Bondi Pavilion Gallery - Mar 2010, TODAYS - Somedays Gallery Sep / Oct 2010, UNTITLED - Itrip Iskip Store - Jul 2010, UNTITLED - Canberra Contemporary Art Space - May 2010, UNTITLED - East Sydney Doctors Feb / Mar 2009, UNTITLED - Hibernian House Sydney Gallery - May 2009, UNTITLED - Itrip Iskip Store - Jun 2008, UNTITLED - Six One Three Store - Apr
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016, WIELDING NOW - Tappan LA - April 2016, BUZZ ART AUCTION - The Ritz Hotel - Miami - April 2016, PATTERNS OF NOW - Nishi Gallery - ACT - Feb 2016, ART NOT APART - Newacton - ACT- Feb 2016, BONE DAYS - LC store - Canberra- Feb 2015, TAPPAN x THE OUTNET - The W hotel Art Basel - Dec 2015, ALL TOGETHER - Luke CHiswell Store - June 2014, HUE - NISHI Gallery - Nov - Dec 2014, STYLECRAFT - Stylecraft Showroom ACT - Nov - Dec 2014, FRIENDSHIP - Friend Gallery - Nov 2014, HEY FRIEND - Friend Gallery - Nov 2014, CAPO AUCTION - Canberra Museum & Gallery - Oct 2013, CAPO 30 AUCTION - Canberra Museum & Gallery - Nov 2013, MASKED INTENTIONS - He Made She Made Gallery - May / Jun 2013, MODERN MARKET, - Craft ACT, Newacton - May 2013, YOUNG HOT CANBERRA - Gallery of Australian Design - Jan / Feb 2010, ITRIP ISKIP - Itrip Iskip ACT - Nov 2010, MO SPLENDOUR - ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery - Sep
2015, BMW 2015, Hotel Hotel
2015, Canberra Times 2014, CAPITAL (Cover) 2014, ABC 7.30 Report 2014, Real Living 2014, In the City Magazine (Cover) 2013, Canberra Times 2012, Canberra Times 2011, Pie magazine 2010, Frankie magazine
Q. We’ve seen your art appear on plywood to hamburgers, what is your favourite material to work from?