– Alasdair McLuckie 'Doubles' at Artspace, Sydney –
Alasdair McLuckie’s solo exhibition ‘Doubles’ is on view now at Artspace, Sydney, until 11 September 2016. The artist is celebrated for his meticulous attention to detail and a unique material and conceptual synthesis of what is considered ‘primitive’ and contemporary using bold collage and intricate beading.
In 2012 he was awarded the Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award. His work The sun as my witness will be donated to the Art Gallery of NSW in a 27 piece collection of prize-winning works from 2003-2014. Recently, the AFR reported that the Art & Australia Emerging Artist Collection will go on public display in 2017.
Kelly Fliedner who now contributes to the Monash University Museum of Art, Kochi-Muziris Biennale and podcast ‘On the Beach’ explored the prize-winner’s approach;
The ritualistic nature of McLuckie’s work is emphasised by his use of folk aesthetics, signature patterning and symbolism. However, instead of beginning with such grand narratives of life and death, his work often has a more simple and formal catalyst: for instance, a straightforward interest in how biro ink appears on the surface of wood ... McLuckie’s work draws on primitive abstraction while his formalist aesthetic tendency is strong, with a scrupulous focus on design, materials and process.
McLuckie has recently exhibited at Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Future Primitive at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, and won the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award 2013. He is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne and Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin.
Visit Artspace: 43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road, Wolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011, Australia
1. Alasdair McLuckie, 'Untitled (double William Blake)' (detail), 2016, ballpoint pen and collage on paper and binders board. Courtesy the artist and Murray White Room, Melbourne
2. Alasdair McLuckie, The sun as my witness, 2010; woven glass seed beads, glass vessels, Perspex, glass beads and timber, 143 x 60 x 55 cm; installation view, West Space, Melbourne; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; courtesy the artist and Murray White Room, Melbourne