Archie Moore

Archie Moore’s (b. 1970) conceptual practice includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation, photographs, video and, more recently, aromas embedded in Aboriginal politics as well as the broader concerns of racism, language, identity and interpersonal relationships. Language in particular plays a constant role, as do the concepts of dwelling and dwellings. Being in one’s skin and the question of whether or not it is possible to experience someone else’s experiences is an ongoing theme.

Since 2012, Moore has produced two major bodies of work around the concept of flags (Flag and 14 Queensland Nations (Nations imagined by RH Mathews)), a series of portraits in perfume based on memories (Les Eaux d’Amoore) and compelling sculptural works that employ altered readymades or assemblages (SnowdomeBlack Dog).

Moore completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology in 1998. In 2001, he was awarded the Millennial Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship which enabled him to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Solo exhibitions include 14 Queensland Nations (Nations imagined by RH Matthews), Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Adelaide and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra; False Friends, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin;  Les Eaux d’Amoore, The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Flag, The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Clover, Boxcopy, Brisbane; Mussel, Higure Gallery, Tokyo; 10 Missions from God, Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane (all 2012); Dwelling, Accidentally Annie Street, Brisbane (2010); Depth of Field, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane (2006); The Archie Comic Book Series, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane (2005); Words I Learnt From The English Class, Black Peppers Gallery, Brisbane (2002).

Group exhibitions include The Subtropic Complex, curated by Tess Maunder, Art on James Street for Resort in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art, BrisbaneCourting Blakness: Recalibrating knowledge in the Sandstone University, curated by Fiona Foley, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; SOUTH: Contemporary Art from Australia, Mexico and South Africa, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney; My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and Auckland Art Gallery (2013 & 2014); Mémoires Vives: Une Histoire de l’Art Aborigène, Le musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux (2013-2014); Experimenta – Speak to Me, 5th International Biennale of Media Art at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and the University of Queensland (2013 & 2014); Transmissioncurated by Carrie Miller and Dr Matthew Hindson, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Contemporary Australian Drawing 2: Drawing as notation, text and discovery at the University of the Arts, London and Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscape at the Australian Embassy, Washington D.C. (all 2012); Reality Check – Watching Sylvania Waters, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney and Making it New: Focus on Australian Contemporary Art curated by Glenn Barkley, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (both 2009).

In 2011, Moore began a musical collaboration, ∑gg√e|n, with fellow artist, David M. Thomas, which continues to be active in an expanded form today to include two other visual artists: Geoffrey Vagg and Paul Wrigley.

In 2010, Moore was the winner of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. He has six times been shortlisted for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013). In 2013, he was commissioned by Newcastle Region Art Gallery to create the sculpture, General Sanders vs Colonel Saunders; Also in 2013 he was invited to participate in the University of Queensland’s National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize. His work for this exhibition, Black Dog, was recently acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Moore is one of fourteen artists shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Archie Moore’s work is in the collections of the Gilbert and Tobin Collection, Sydney, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS, Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, the Owen and Wagner collection, North Carolina, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Moore’s third solo exhibition at The Commercial is scheduled for September 11 2015 to coincide with Sydney Contemporary art fair.

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