Alex Lukas was born in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate Xeroxed ‘zines, comics and booklets. Lukas’ imprint, Cantab Publishing, has released over 30 small books and ‘zines since its inception in 2001. In 2005, Lukas won Tokion Magazine’s “King of Zine” competition for his experimental ‘zine Smashy Smash. Lukas’ drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Stockholm and Copenhagen as well as in the pages of Swindle Quarterly, Proximity Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, The Drama and The New York Times Book Review. He has contributed writings to Apenest, Juxtapoz, Providence’s The Agenda Newspaper and Swindle, and has lectured at the Philadelphia Print Center and the Megawords Storefront. He recently authored the booklet Underneath Providence, Findings Thus Far, a history of the East Side Railroad Tunnel in Providence, Rhode Island, co-published with Free News Projects. Lukas is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of design and now lives in Philadelphia, where he is a member of the artist collective Space 1026.
THESE ARE THE DAYS OF MIRACLE AND WONDER, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
THE EVENTUALITY OF DAYBREAK, Glowlab, New York, NY
THE GRAY SKIES OF MORNING, Telefon Til Chefen (TTC) Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
AND ANOTHER SHALL RISE TO TAKE HER PLACE, White Walls, San Francisco, CA
IN DEFENSE OF HOME, IN DEFENSE OF INDUSTRY, Iceberger, San Francisco, CA
2 and 3 PERSON EXHIBITIONS
FEUDAL ECHO, with Brian Willmont at Park Life, San Francisco, CA
JUNGLELAND, with Matt Leines, William & Joe Buzzell. Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
YOUNG LIONS, with Matt Leines & William Buzzell. Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
THESE FRIENDS Part 2, Los Angeles, CA
THE POWER OF SELECTION, Part 3, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
PLAIN AIR, Curated by Brian Willmont, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY
SOME PEOPLE I MET WHILE ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND, Curated by Rich Jacobs, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
ATROPHIC EXISTENCE, Show & Tell, Toronto, Ontario
IN OUR NATURE, Curated by Rachel Sitkin, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
MAYFLOWERS, Curated by Scott Keightley, 401 Broadway, New York, NY
LOBBY, Curated by Kathleen O’Hara (OH+T) and Beth Kantrowitz (Allston Skirt), Watertown, MA
CIRCLE OF PLENTY, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
NEXT FAIR, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
NEW WORKS ON PAPER, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA
PSST-SHHH, Curated by Tim Kinsella, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
YOU OPEN SO LATE, YOU CLOSE SO EARLY, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
THE DISCTUCTION OF ATLANTAS, Curated By Jesper Elg, Union Gallery, London.
LAST SECOND FIRST, Curated by Jordin Isip, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
DEAD SPACE, Lobot, Oakland, CA.
WHITE NOISE DRAWN TOGETHER, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
SPACE 1026 TEN YEAR RETROSPECIVE, DO IT YOURSELF WITH OTHER PEOPLE, Space 1026, Phila, PA.
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, Park Life, San Francisco, CA.
BRAIN BASHERS, Curated by AJ Fosik, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO.
SIGHT OF SOUND, Machines Have Magnets, Pawtucket, RI.
A PIECE APART , Curated by Jordin Isip. Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY.
APENEST RELEASE SHOW, Orchard St., Mission Hill, MA .
COLLECTIONS, Curated by Roger Gastman. Scion Installation LA, Culver City, CA.
GRAND UNION, Curated by Jordin Isip. The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY.
MYSTERY MEAT, Future Prospects Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines.
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE AMERICAN , Curated by Rotgut, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA .
CANTAB PUBLISHING PRESENTS, Evos Arts Institute, Lowell, MA .
18th ANNUAL BOSTON DRAWING SHOW, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA .
In The Modern World, Dwell Magazine, March, 2010
Curico, Seth, These Are The Days of Miracle And Wonder, DailyServing.com, May 27th, 2010.
Ebstein, Alex, Learning the Trade, Baltimore City Paper, October 21st, p. 22
Højbo, Simon, Interview and Profile, Zine Soup Book, Telefon Til Chefen (TTC) Publishing.
Borum, Peter, Dommedags-kunst er godt håndværk. Politiken (Denmark), May 9th, 2009.
Jensen, Travis, Of Renewal, Rebirth. San Francisco Chronicle, 96 Hours, March 12th, 2009, p. 11 and cover.
Leaverton, Michael, And I Feel Fine, San Francisco Weekly, March 11th-17th, p. 22, image: p. 20
Portfolio, Proximity Magazine Issue #3, December, 2008.
Neelon, Caleb. Alex Lukas, Bant Magazine (Turkey) #48, p. 28 – 35
Neelon, Caleb. Alex Lukas Interview, Fecal Face.com
Smyrski, Anthony. Alex Lukas Interview, Megawords Magazine.com
Hill, Lori. Jungleland, Philadelphia City Paper, April 4th, 2007.
Kanarinka, Alex Lukas, APENEST, Vol 1.
Tokion Magazine #49, Winner of the first ever Tokion King of Zine competition.
An interview with Matt Leines for FecalFace.com
Juxtapoz #99. A brief profile of Chris Kline.
Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome (Ginko Press/R77, 2008), Interview with Caleb Neelon.
Apenest #2. An article on the East Side Railroad Tunnel,
along with interviews with Andrew Schoultz, Eddie Martinez and Joseph Hart.
Juxtapoz #89. A brief profile of Bill McRight.
Swindle #14. Drawing for the Alphabet page.
Juxtapox #81. Introduction for and interview between William Buzzell and AJ Fosik.
Swindle Quarterly #11. Cover story, a profile of Matt Leines
Swindle Quarterly #9. Profile of AJ Fosik, (with Caleb Neelon).
Swindle First Anual Icons Issue. Profile of Chuck Close.
The Drama #9. Downtown, a comic.
The Agenda #18. How To Have A Riot, an article on a 1993 incident of civil unrest in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Drama #8. The Steely Dans , a comic.
The Drama #7. Don’t Be a Jerk, a comic.
The Drama #6. Flamable , a comic.
SPX Anthology, Build it Up Just To Tear It Down, a comic.
DOUBTING THOMASES, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
Maryland Institute College of Art Guest Lecturer, Baltimore, MD
University of Richmond visiting artist, Richmond, VA
A PRESENTATION on the history of the East Side Railroad Tunnel, MEGAWORDS STOREFRONT, Philadelphia, PA.
A TALK with Bill McRight at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Alex has contributed drawings to The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, MTV.com,
Swindle Quarterly, Philadelphia Weekly, Next American City and
Street World, Urban Art from Five Continents (Abrams/Thames & Hudson, 2007), amongst other publications.
2003 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Graduated in June, 2003 with a BFA in Illustration.
2001-2002 RISD European Honors Program, Rome, Italy.
Alex Lukas founded Cantab Publishing in January, 2001. Since, he has released over 30
titles including over 1500 copies of various ‘zines made by hand.
Alex Lukas is a member of SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia, PA