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Studio Visit - Luke Chiswell

Studio Visit - Luke Chiswell

Studio Visit - Luke Chiswell

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Studio Visit with Luke Chiswell

Recently relocating from Sydney to Los Angeles, we sat down to talk to Luke Chiswell about his inspiration, his practice and the influence that skateboarding culture still plays in his life. 

 

Read the full interview here...

Q.

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…

A.

I grew up in the country with the freedom to build, make things and play. I don’t know if I came to be an artist, or if I just never let go of that freedom. I first learnt about obsession through skateboarding. Being obsessed with everything that came with it, I started altering and personalizing my clothes and my skateboards, and all the while learning how to make these things for myself. I see this as the early beginnings of my artistic process. Both of these things, the freedom and emergence of a process really took hold when started going to an artist co-op to learn screen-printing and seeing all these artists at work. I just kept pulling at that thread.  

 

Q.

Describe your work in three words....

A.

word word word

  

Q.

What is your creative process? 

A.

I think the ideal scenario for my process is being in a soft state to be able to listen, look and wait for an idea to catch my attention and if it hangs around long enough, then I’ll have to do it. Having the freedom to play with that idea, push it around, then once I can see it, bring it back together.

 

Q.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A.

At the moment my environment. Visually and physically. I just found an area near Dodger Stadium which has a bunch of fallen Australian Gum trees I’m excited about.

 

Q.

Your upbringing and involvement in skateboarding culture are a big influence on your work. How do you reflect upon that influence now, looking back?

A.

It was. Skateboarding taught me an obvious but effective approach for my work. "Imagine doing something, somewhere, somehow. Try try try till it’s done.”

When you’re obsessed with something like skateboarding you imagine your environment through it and interact with all these otherwise overlooked places, like stairs, gutters, handrails. They becoming something more when you can see them. Constantly seeing things in that way trained my imagination and practical approach. Skateboarding is now more something that I reflect on as a part of my process than something I engage with. I keep closer my early experiences of it, more than identifying with the developments in the culture since then.

I loved that skateboarding was for yourself. It wasn’t a team sport, it didn’t feel like a competition, it was on you. You’d have friends pushing you to go further but ultimately it was down to you.

Luke Chiswell says

"When you’re obsessed with something like skateboarding you imagine your environment through it and interact with all these otherwise overlooked places, like stairs, gutters, handrails. They becoming something more when you can see them."

  

Q.

Why did you decide to relocate to Los Angeles from Australia?

A.

There’s something building here in LA at the moment, lots of artists are moving out here. I wanted to be a part of that.

 

Q.

Material is a element you frequently experiment with and change up. Why the shift in your recent trophies from wood to glass?

A.

I recently found myself thinking of skateboarding more than skating.  But still seeing things in that way. I wanted to reflect the reality of not being able to do what I once did and that if I did try it, I'd break. I wanted to show it was there and not there.

 

Q.

We loved your larger sculptural pieces that were created during your residency. Do you enjoy working on different scales and how does that affect your process?

A.

Thank you. I do, when it fits the idea. The size of the work is really just depicted by the work itself.

 

Q.

What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A.

I would hope that the works emotional response is unique to each person looking at it.

 

Q.

Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?

A.

I’m very drawn to Willem De Kooning, Lucio Fontana and Joan Mitchell.

 

Q.

Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?

A.

Start where you are

Use what you have

Do what you can

Arthur Ashe

 

Q.

What makes you laugh?

A.

This question.

 

Q.

What makes you nervous?

A.

Glass Trophies on the back seat of the taxi.

 

Q.

What makes you excited about the future?

A.

It’s nice when you feel a little grip on your practice, just trying to tighten it. 

About Luke Chiswell

Working primarily in abstract painting and sculpture, Luke Chiswell explores experimental techniques and diverse found materials, to capture movement and memorialize moments.

 

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About Luke Chiswell

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.

Chiswell also completed the Tappan Residency program. Read more about his residency here.

STATEMENT

“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

 

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

2015, BMW
2015, Hotel Hotel

 

PUBLICATIONS

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