Luke Roberts

 

LUKE ROBERTS

1952            Born Alpha

1971            Julian Ashton School, Sydney

1972-74       Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

1979-80       Co-Director, E.M.U., experimental art space, Brisbane

1984             Atelier Dalmas, Paris

1984-87        Lived and worked in Europe

1989-94        Co-Director AGLASSOFWATER, Brisbane

1989             New Image Research Award, Australian Film Commission

                    Premier's Encouragement Award

                    REMM Art Award

1991             VA/CB Overseas Development Grant

                    Qld. Ministry of Arts Project Grant

1995             Prize-winner, Mary MacKillop: A Tribute, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

1996             2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

                    Fellowship Residency, P.S.1 Studio, Institute of Contemporary Art, New York

                    Sala Diaz Residency, San Antonio, Texas, USA

1999            Arts Queensland Professional Development Grant

2001            Master of Fine Arts degree, Queensland University of Technology

2002            13th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2003            UFO, public art commission, West End Five-Ways, Brisbane

2006            Residency, Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton

                  Board member, Artworkers Management Committee

2008           AlphaStationAlphaVille, Professional Development Grant, Arts Queensland

                  Presented with the Order of the Morning Star (OMS) by HDH Pope Alice. 

2012            Australia Council artist scholar, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy

                   Archibald Prize finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2014            Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2016            Moran Portrait Prize finalist, Juniper House, Sydney

                   PoinsettiaRiverfire, public art commission, Brisbane City Council

                   Pope Alice Xorporation, new branding and exhibiting entity

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016              Beyond the tower: 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

                      Margin through Centre, Fairweather Drawings, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

2014             Kunstkamera, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

2013             AMOROMA… Burning Love, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

2011             AlphaStation/Alphaville, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2010             AlphaStation/Alphaville, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2006            You Are Not Alone, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

                   Alpha Paintings (Frontiers), Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2005            Paradise Regained: Headlands and Skylands, Redland Art Gallery

2004            Arrivedeci Rivoli, Bellas Gallery Brisbane

2003            Missing Person: Alice Jitterbug Photographed, Bellas Gallery

2002            Mu Pavilion Installation, Sydney Biennale, MCA, Sydney.

                   Aloha Eloha, Stranger Than Fiction , Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

                   Venice Paintings/ Alpha Paintings, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

2001            1+1=8, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

2000            Dressed up for Paradise (Beyond the Great Divide), Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

                   Forbidden Universe, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

1997            Snakes and Aliens, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

                  Mu Consciousness raising exercises and Pope Alice sightings... Sala Diaz, San Antonio and Texas USA

1996           Clutch, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

                  Dispersion, Randall Street Studio, Brisbane

1994-5        WUNDERKAMMER/KUNSTKAMERA, Gallery 14 Project, Queensland Art Gallery

1994           Lot 204: Luke Roberts, a Closet, a Painting, a Duchesse and a pair of oversize hand carved wooden salad servers, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney

                  Lot 62: POSTCARDS FROM ALPHAVILLE (Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft) POST JOHNSTONE DIASPORA/Lorraine, My Heart is Full, Bellas

                  Gallery, Brisbane

1993            All Souls of the Revolution (detail) + Objects of My Affection, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

1992            18 Paintings in Search of a Glossary (Life), Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

                   The Wonder of You, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

1991            The Veto of Reason, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

1990            Wunderkammer, State Library of Queensland

                   Objects of My Affection, Site, Brisbane

1989            Without Closure, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

                   Artist's Videos, National Arts Week, Brisbane

1988            Logic Assassinates, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

1987            1+1=3, ongoing photographic work

1986            Plan 9, The Compartners, Amsterdam

                   Touring Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1985            Name Dropping, St. Olofspoort, Amsterdam

1984-6         Touring Exhibition, Queensland Arts Council

1984 -5         Der Kunstler Als Narcis/Das Leben Ist Kunst Ist Kitsch Screening and Discussion of the Artist's own films, Hannover Fachhochschule + Braunsweig Film

                    Academie, Fed Rep. Germany

1984            Alpha Centenary, commemorative envelopes, Australia Post

1982            Luke Roberts, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1980            Pope Alice Presents Luke Roberts, Spring Hill Gallery, Brisbane

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016             Sugar Spin: You, me, art and everything, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

                    Bimblebox: art - science - nature, Logan Art Gallery, QLD

2015             Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2014            Bimblebox: art-nature-science, Reldands Art Gallery and touring

                   Voice and Reason, (until April 2014), GoMA, Brisbane

2013            Voice and Reason, GoMA, Brisbane

                   OpShop, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia

2012             Wher you liv now, Artists in residence, British School at Rome

                    Sexualising the City, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, October

                    Re-Story, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Canada June – August

                     Archibald Prize exhibition, AGNSW, Sydney

2011            60th Blake Prize, National Art School Gallery. Sydney

                    Femmes&Hommes, curated by Jessica Bridgfoot, John Buckley    Gallery, Melbourne 20 May – 11 June 2011

                     Three Views: Gallery Photographers, John Buckley Gallery,    Melbourne, 10 August – 3 September 2011

2010            Pingyao International Photography Festival 2010, Imagining the             Everyday. Pingyao, China

                    James Sourris Collection, Brisbane Club, Brisbane

                    Multiplicities: Self portraits from the Collection, University of   Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

                    NEW 2010, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

2009            I have not been myself lately... Queensland College of Art   Gallery, Brisbane. 

                   Soft Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 

                   Artscape: The Art Life: Who Made Who?, ABC TV

                   National Self-Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

                   Wunderkammer detail, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

                   I Am the Message, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

                  Quirky: from the collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery,  Newcastle

2008            Oooga-booga, Pope Alice Xorporation with Proppa Now, George   Petelin Gallery

2007            Morimura, Mishima. Roberts Art Gallery New South Wales

                   The Visitors, Penrith Regional Gallery

                   Multiple Personality, MOP, Sydney

2006            Queensland Live, Queensland Art Gallery touring exhibition

               Colonial to Contemporary, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2005            Baroque and Neo-Baroque. The Hell of the Beautiful, Domus   Artium (DA2) Salamanca, Spain

             Beyond Real, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

            Points of View: Australian Photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of   New South Wales

2004            Don't call it Performance, El Museo del Barrio, New York

            Sailor Style, National Maritime Museum, Sydney

the world may be post-dated: Luke Roberts and Jennifer Maklem, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Canada

2003            Parthenogenesis, Ivan Doughety Gallery, Sydney

No lo Llames Performance, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and touring Spain

            One Square Mile, Museum of Brisbane

the world may be post-dated: Luke Roberts and Jennifer Maklem, University of Waterloo Art Gallery and touring Canada.

2002            13th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

            Stranger than Fiction, ACP, Sydney

1996            The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery

            Gramercy Park International Hotel Art Fair, New York

            ARCO'96 International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid

            Asia-Pacific Hotel Art Fair, Brisbane

            Recollection, Brisbane City Art Gallery and Museum

1995            Australian Perspecta 1995, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Mary MacKillop: A tribute, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, New Parliament House, Canberra

1994            Remain in Light, AGLASSOFWATER project, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1993            Happiness is a Loaded Brush. Outside the Walls of Jericho (with Beattie Millis), Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Dislocations: Body, Memory, Place (curator Marcus O'Donnell) Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria

1990            Eating People is Wrong, (with Scott Redford), AGLASSOFWATER, Brisbane

1989            All Souls Day (with Urszula Szulakowska), Artspace, Sydney

            Slow Information (with Scott Redford), Arch Lane Public Art, Brisbane

            Running Man, (with Scott Redford), AGLASSOFWATER, Brisbane

1988            The World Is Full of Objects (with Scott Redford), slide documentation

Redford/Boyd/Roberts (with Scott Redford and Adam Boyd), Arson Street, St. Kilda, Melbourne.

 

PERFORMANCES (selected)

2015             Pope Alice, Walking to the New Jerusalem, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2014             Pope Alice, Walking to the New Jerusalem, Showcase 2014, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane

2014             Pope Alice, The Canonization of Alice Jitterbug, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2014             Pope Alice, Walking to the New Jerusalem, Melbourne Art Fair

Pope Alice (Assumption), Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

 

2006             You Are Not Alone, 2006. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Pope Alice theatre based performance of one hour duration with sound, visuals and various assisting performers.

2002             Aloha Eloha, 2002, Stranger than Fiction, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Performance as part of group exhibition.

2002             Peoples Delegation from the Lost Continent of Mu, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002 Biennale of Sydney. Performance as part of artists installation for Biennale of Sydney 2002.

2001             Fridapeople, National Gallery of Australia. Performance for opening night of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism.

1997             Popepeople, DIA Centre for the Arts, New York. Appearance with Quentin Crisp and photography at opening night of Tracey Moffatt exhibition Free-Falling.

1997             Mu Embassy and Wunderkamera, PS1, Center for Contemporary Art, New York, performance and group exhibition.

1996             clutch, Pope Alice, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Exhibition of Pope Alice and Archangel photographic performance works.

1996             Hypnotism, Brisbane City Hall. Performance as part of exhibition.

1995             Popepeople, Pierre et Giles event, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney. Appearance and photography at opening night Pierre et Giles exhibition.

1995             Pope Alice Tour, Australian Perspecta 1995, Art Gallery of New South Wales, performance as part of artists exhibition, Australian Perspecta 1995

1993             Pope Alice, Surrealism: Revolution by Night, Queensland Art Gallery. Performance at press launch for travelling exhibition of European Surrealism Masterworks Surrealism: Revolution by Night.

1993             Popepeople, Gilbert and George event, Brisbane. Performance celebrating Gilbert & Georges visit to Brisbane. Private function Spring Hill Baths.

1993             Pope Alice, 1993, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1991             Popepeople, Australian Perspecta 1991, Art Gallery of New South Wales, performance as part of artists exhibition, Australian Perspecta 1991

1970s – 1984 Pope Alice performance have taken place from the late 1970s, including Pope Alice presents Luke Roberts at the Spring Hill Gallery in 1980. Pope Alice made a press appearance for the launch of Luke Roberts exhibition, as well as appearing in various locations around the city including King George Square and was a special guest on opening night, who opened the show.

Regular appearances at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

 

FILMS BY LUKE ROBERTS (selected)

2012             The Visitation, dir. Luke Roberts, Pope Alice’s visit to Vatican City

            Sailing to Byzantium, videos documenting a series of “perne in a gyre” artist performances centered around the concept of spinning in sacred spaces. including SpaceOdysseySpace (Pantheon), Cincitta (outside), Cinecitta (inside), St. Peter’s Basilica, The House of the Poet, Vatican (Laocoon), Vatican (Apollo Belvedere).

2006             Alice Jitterbug (Transformer) 2003, added soundtrack Rainbow Horse music Carmela Tal Baron

2003             Alice Jitterbug (Transformer), Images (1977) morphing and editing Daniel Sala

2002             Pacifica: Greetings from Amnesia/Wait for me Juanita/Wangatatta Wahine concept and art direction Luke Roberts, camera and editing Daniel Sala.

1998             Infinito, digital film (unedited) Franco Mondini Ruizs Botanica, San Antonio November 1998

            Dear Mr Crisp, digital film, October 1998

            Pope Alice Flame Tree (working title/ unedited) with Paul Andrew December 1998

Pope Alice Homeless, with Paul Andrew December 1998

1997             Wunderkamera, Pope Alice in Texas, 6-7 Feb 1997 plus interview Peter Gonzales-Falcon 16 Feb 1997 (NTSC) Hi8

1988             The Despair of the Parrot, edited performance document, Bellas Gallery 1988

            My Dress Hangs There, performance document, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, camera Adam Boyd VHS camera Adam Boyd, VHS

1983             Nazissus, directed by John Lee & Luke Roberts 1983 Super 8 film

            Alice Springs Into Wonderland, 1983-84 directed by Luke Roberts Super 8 film

            Living Arthur Street On, 1983 directed by Luke Roberts Super 8 film

            Pope Alice Plastik, 1983 directed by Luke Roberts Super 8 film

1980             Pope Alice Presents Luke Roberts, Spring Hill Gallery Brisbane 1980

 

 

Selected Publications

AlphaStation/Alphaville, monograph pub. Institute of Modern Art 2012

Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Queer Today, Gone Tomorrow, Art and Australia, Winter 2009

NEW, exhibition catalogue, University of Queensland Art Museum, 2008

Vanitas: Pope Alice Presents Luke Roberts, monograph pub. Institute of Modern Art 1999

Queensland Live, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery 2005

Points of View, Photography 1985-95, exhibition catalogue Art Gallery New South Wales 2005

Biennale of Sydney 2002, exhibition catalogue

Australian Perspecta 1991, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery New South Wales

Australian Perspecta 1995, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery New South Wales

Urszula Szulakowska, feature article eyeline #10, Dec 1989

Michele Helmrich, feature article, eyeline 1995

Louise Martin-Chew, exhibition catalogue for Paradise Regained: Headlands and Skylands 2005

Photofile, Australian Centre for Photography 2004 (first issue of the new look Photofile)

Alpha Paintings (Frontiers), artist statement, exhibition catalogue, Philip Bacon Galleries, 2006

The Visitors, exhibition catalogue, Penrith Regional Gallery, 2007

STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity, R. Ian Lloyd and John macDonald, 2007

John LeKay, interview heyokamagazine 2008

http://www.heyokamagazine.com/heyoka.19.lukeroberts.interview.htm

Pope Alice, religion, heyokamagazine 2008 - 

Pope Alice Xorporation was a regular contributor to heyokamagazine.com http://www.heyokamagazine.com/heyoka_magazine.28.popealice.htm

 

Collections

 

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Griffith University

Harriet Jane Neville-Rolfe Gallery, Alpha

James Hardie Collection, State Library of Queensland

Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Museum of Brisbane

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Rockhampton Art Gallery

University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane

University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba