Alasdair McLuckie’s practice explores mythology and ritual through the vernacular of aesthetic formalism. He creates meticulously detailed compositions that combine drawing with craft-based processes such as beadwork, embroidery, weaving and collage.
While McLuckie’s practice has been characterised by an interest in broad folk narratives, recent works are driven by an exploration of materiality and the creative process and continue the artist’s fascination with tribal art traditions and their aesthetic relationship to modernism and contemporary western art.
Doubles encompasses a new series of beaded and collage works, partially made during his residency at Artspace, that explore the dynamics of the other, the exotic, and the tenets of primitivism that underline this history, as well as the ritual of making.
Alasdair McLuckie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2007. He is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne and Mothers Tankstation, Dublin.
Solo exhibitions include Jungle Paintings, Murray White Room, Melbourne; Moods, The Young, Wellington, 2016; Nine Times Modern Man and Moon, Siegfried Contemporary, London; House of Joy/Hello Ladies, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne; Alasdair McLuckie, with Mothers Tankstation, Liste, Basel, 2015; Two Lovers Sit on a Beach Dreaming at the Night Sky as the Waves Wave Hello to their Eternal Moon Friend, Who Smiles and Waves Right Back, Murray White Room, Melbourne; and Cosmic Soul Sugar, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014.
Group exhibitions include So far, Ten Cubed, Melbourne; Percy Grainger: In the Company of Strangers, The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Melbourne, 2015; Five Perspectives, The Young, Wellington; In Free Circulation, Mothers Tankstation, Dublin, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Future Primitive, Heide Museum, Melbourne; Theatre of the World, La Maison Rouge, Paris; Murray White Room at Art Basel, Hong Kong, 2013; The Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, 2012; Monanism, MONA, Hobart; The Five Obstructions, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum, Melbourne, 2010.