I use photography, film and installation to create markers of time and space that examine the human experience in relation to universal phenomena and deep time.

Some works are formal and exploit photography’s capability to render material traces of the passage of light and time. These works include photographs made without a camera, such as photograms, as well as time-lapse and multiple-exposure images made, most recently, with my grandmother’s 1920s medium-format camera – an intergenerational dialogue across almost a century.

Other works collapse different image-making techniques onto one picture plane, often incorporating found images extracted from historic photography, cinema and other sources. These works create associative and poetic connections, navigating passages through the overwhelming proliferation of images since the 19th century.

My current research into the history of photography and early analogue techniques has an emphasis on photography’s deployment in 19th century science, particularly astronomy photography. In early 2018, as part of a residency at the Cité internationale des arts, I researched historic photography archives and holdings at institutions in Paris, including the Observatoire de Paris.

Luke Parker received a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology in 1996, majoring in film and sound. Since then, his work as an artist has been included in exhibitions in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and Monash Gallery of Art; and in Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, Artspace, the National Art School Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, and Penrith Regional Gallery. He has presented works at many artist-run galleries, most recently at 55 Sydenham Road Marrickville, a project space that ran from 2012–18, and where he was a member of the artist board from 2015–18. In 2003, he received a Skills and Arts Development grant from the Australia Council to undertake a residency in London. In 2018, he completed a residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris, awarded by the Power Institute, The University of Sydney, and supported by a Professional Development Grant from the Australia Council.
1975 Born Tamworth, Australia
1996 BA (Communications), University of Technology, Sydney
2019 DUST, Knulp, Sydney
2018 Atelier/Atelier, AJAR, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
2017 Moons/mirrors, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2016 Sydney Crystal Show, Luke Parker and Mary Teague, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2015 Hey, mystery, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2014 Screen memory, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2013 Some traps, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (I.C.A.N.), Sydney
2011 Exquisite Corpse, Luke Parker and Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
2009 Some more rectified readymade readymades, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2008 Superimpositions, Luke Parker and Narelle Jubelin, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2007 Negative Capability, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2005 Double Hanging, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2004 UNTYPOTRANSLATION, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and Mori Gallery, Sydney
Untitled (the White Album), Mori Gallery, Sydney
2003 the true artist…, Kitchen, Front Room, Sydney
2002 harmacy, Front Room, Sydney
2001 drawings/recordings, Blaugrau, Sydney
Sampler (second version), 1st Floor artists and writers space, Melbourne
2000 Sampler, ELASTIC, Sydney
2019 The Moon, Geelong Gallery, Geelong
2017 An elegy to apertures, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure, Bathurst Regional Gallery
Casula Secrets, Casula Powerhouse
2016 New matter: recent forms of photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Konica Minolta Redlands Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2015 Cutting Edge: 21st century photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Scoring Patti Smith, Affiliated Text, Kings Cross, Sydney
Bad Spelling, Affiliated Text, Kings Cross, Sydney
Writing Art, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney
Luke Parker, Carla Cescon, Anna John, Paul Greedy, Elise Harmsen, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Nick Strike, Sach Catts, Iakovos Amperidis, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2014 TEXIT, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (I.C.A.N.), Sydney
2012 SEXES, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney
2011 The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
2010 In Memorium, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
Pulie/Balbi Collection, MOP, Sydney
2008 LOOK! New perspectives from the contemporary collection, National Gallery of Victoria
2006 Yours, Mine and Ours, 50 Years of ABC TV, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
2005 C'town Bling, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
Elastic: An Archive Project, Cross Art Projects, Sydney
2004 Art & About, banner project, City of Sydney
2003 Fraught Tales: Four Contemporary Narratives, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2002 The Future in Every Direction, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
IQ, New Q, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
2001 New Releases: recent video art, 4A, Sydney
2018 Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2018 Cite internationale des arts Paris residency, Power Institute, The University of Sydney
2003 Development Grant, London studio residency, Australia Council for the Arts
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

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