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Artist Biography

Alex Lukas was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981 and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate ‘zines. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco,London, Lima, Stockholm and Copenhagen as well as in the pages of Megawords, Swindle Quarterly, Proximity Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Juxtapoz, Art New England and The New York Times Book Review amongst others. Lukas’ imprint, Cantab Publishing, has released over 40 small books and ‘zines since its inception in 2001. He has lectured at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Maryland Institute College of Art, University of the Arts in Philadelphia and The University of Kansas and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, AS220 and The Bemis Center. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and recently moved to Chicago, IL after many years in Philadelphia, PA

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Boston, MA, 1981 Lives and works in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

2003

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

2001-2002

Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS; COPIES & CONCRETE, An exhibition of works in multiple, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

2013

Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012

Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2011

Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

THESE ARE THE DAYS OF MIRACLE AND WONDER, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009

THE EVENTUALITY OF DAYBREAK, Christina Ray, New York, NY

THE GRAY SKIES OF MORNING, Telefon Til Chefen (TTC) Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008

IN DEFENSE OF HOME, IN DEFENSE OF INDUSTRY, Iceberger, San Francisco, CA

2 and 3 PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2008

FEUDAL ECHO, with Brian Willmont at Park Life, San Francisco, CA

2007

JUNGLELAND, with Matt Leines, William & Joe Buzzell. Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2006

YOUNG LIONS, with Matt Leines & William Buzzell. Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013

VAR FORBI, Organized by TTC / Telefon Til Chefen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

LOST AND FOUND, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

HIPER REALISMO y sus Consecuencias, Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru

WISH YOU WERE THERE?, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

EPHEMERAL SPRAWL, Curated by Printeresting, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

LOST AND FOUND, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

SUMMER MIXER, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

OUT WITH THE OLD, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI

DRAWING OUT OF BOUNDS, THE 2013 WHEATON COLLEGE BIENNIAL, Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

2012

BEYOND THE PARKING LOT, Curated by Cynthia Connolly, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

TROPICO POST-APOCALYPSE, Extra Extra, Philadelphia, PA RISD ICONS, Woods – Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

SEASON OPENER, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

BLACK FOLIAGE, Curated by Matthew Craven, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD

SPACE // FORM, Curated by Sven Davis, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

WHERE MY CONES AT? Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Double Break, San Diego, CA

2011

PAPER CHASERS, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD

CONTAINED, Curated by John Pyper, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

HIVE/CAVE, Pageant : Soloveev, Philadelphia, PA

OFFICE, Curated by Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O’Hara, Drive-By, Watertown MA

THESE FRIENDS Part 2, THIS, Los Angeles, CA

NOTHING TO SAY, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

THE POWER OF SELECTION, Part 3, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

DOUBTING THOMASES, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD

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, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Ontario

2009

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

2008

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

2007

SPACE 1026 TEN YEAR RETROSPECIVE, DO IT YOURSELF WITH OTHER PEOPLE, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

2006

A PIECE APART, Curated by Jordin Isip. Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY

APENEST RELEASE SHOW, Orchard St., Mission Hill, MA

GRAND UNION, Curated by Jordin Isip. The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY

2005

MYSTERY MEAT, Future Prospects Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines.

SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE AMERICAN, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2004

18th ANNUAL BOSTON DRAWING SHOW, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA

COLLECTIONS

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (A collaborative work with Isaac Tin Wei Lin)

The West Collection, Oaks, PA

The Progressive Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

RESIDENCIES

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, September – November, 2013

AS220, Providence, RI, March, 2013

Jentel Artist’s Residency, Banner, WY, November – December, 2012

The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, February, 2011

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013

Var Forbi, TTC Gallery 2006 – 2012, Telefon Til Chefen (TTC) Publishing.

McManus, Austin, Zine Review – DMM, SFAQ, Issue #14, 2013

McManus, Austin, Zine Culture, Juxtapoz Magaine #150, July, 2013

McQuaid, Cate, A Critical View of  Utopia, Boston Globe, October 15th, 2013

2012

Merry, Stephanie, Paradise Lost, Found and Reconsidered, The Washington Post, August 31st, 2012

Capps, Kriston, Spit and Image: The Death and Life of Cities, According to Cynthia ConnollyWashington City Paper, August 29th, 2012

Cook, Greg, Doom Sayer, The Boston Phoenix, May 16th, 2012

McQuaid, Cate, Galleries, The Boston Globe, May 16th, 2012

Pyper, John, Printmaking in the Expanded Field, Art New England, March/April, 2012

2011

Fellah, Nadiah, The Post-Urban Cityscapes of Alex Lukas, New American Paintings Blog, September 17th, 2011

Rothman, Julia, Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists, Quarry Books, 2011

Tucker, Ricky, Alex Lukas, At A Glimpse, March, 2011

Cook, Greg, Contained, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, March 21st, 2011

Neelon, Caleb, Alex Lukas, Juxtapoz Magazine #122, March, 2011

New American Paintings #92, Editor’s Selections, March 2011

2010

In The Modern World, Dwell Magazine, March, 2010

Curico, Seth, These Are The Days of Miracle And Wonder, DailyServing.com, May 27th, 2010

2009

Ebstein, Alex, Learning the Trade, Baltimore City Paper, October 21st, 2009

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

Leaverton, Michael, And I Feel Fine, San Francisco Weekly, March 11th-17th, 2009

2008

Portfolio, Proximity Magazine Issue #3, December, 2008

Neelon, Caleb. Alex Lukas, Bant Magazine (Turkey) #48

2007

Smyrski, Anthony. Alex Lukas Interview, Megawords Magazine.com

Hill, Lori. Jungleland, Philadelphia City Paper, April 4th, 2007

2005

Tokion Magazine #49, Winner of the Tokion King of Zine competition.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

2013

University of the Arts, MFA Summer Lecture Series, Philadelphia, PA AS220, Providence, RI

2012

Rhode Island School of Design, Illustration Department, Providence, RI

Sophia Jacob Lecture Series, Floristree, Baltimore, MD

2011

University of Kansas, Visual Art Department, Lawrence, KS

Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design

2010

Maryland Institute College of Art, Department of Printmaking, Baltimore, MD

University of Richmond, Richmond VA

2008

A presentation on the East Side Railroad Tunnel, Megawords Storefront, Philadelphia, PA

A talk with Bill McRight at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

PROJECTS

2001 – Present

CANTAB PUBLISHING Over 35 titles published including over 1500 copies of various books and ‘zines made by hand.