Born the 08/03/1990 in Dijon/France
Work and live between Paris and Brussels
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Luke James (born in 1990 in Dijon/FR), live and work between Paris and Brussel. He graduated from the ENSBA (Lyon/FR). His work was exhibited at the 61th Salon de Montrouge (Paris/FR) under the direction of Amy Barack and at Angèls gallery (Barcelona/ES) and recently at Glassbox (Paris/FR) and at the contemporary art space Le Bel Ordinaire (Pau/FR). The art space Homesession (Barcelona/ES) presented the first solo exhibition of the artist.

Luke James’ practice – encompassing mainly sculpture but also photography and painting – summons a physical relation to materials and space. His sculptures could be broken down as a series of sensitive and weighted gestures performed on raw materials. In his photographs, the camera angle captures the architectural and geometrical dimension of situations rather fortuitous or provoked by the encounter of dissonant elements, echoing the shapes elaborated in his sculptures.

His works could be understood as evidence or fragments of his dissection of relationships oscillating between power relations and curiosity: Man, animals, architecture, social classes are some of the components of the interactions the artist observes and questions daily. These thoughts are nurtured by an assiduous reading of American and European literature and philosophy that depict groundbreaking attitudes and thoughts, which offer a counterpoint to the prerogatives of the modern eastern society.

In his exhibitions, Luke James most likely presents sculpture and photography jointly, sometimes punctuated by painting. Each discipline acts as a reading clue for the others. For the artist, the exhibition space becomes a territory to be conquered, that he takes over by means of construction actions as well as deconstruction ones.


EDUCATION

2018
_ Research program, Center of Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu/JPN
2015
_ MA, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
2013
_ BA, ENSBA, Lyon/FR


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2019
_ L’ombre et son oiseau, Art-3 Valence/FR
2018
_ Deux continents, Parcours Saint Germain, Paris/FR
2017
_ Les hirondelles reviennent toujours..., Santenay/FR
_ Hooded Figures, Swatch Art, Shanghai/CH
_ La recherche du pain oublié, with Elvia Teotski, Contemporary Art Space Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau/FR
2015
_ A good rule for living in a small space, Homesession, Barcelone/ES


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
_ Quand le sage désigne la lune, Arondit, Paris/FR
_ Partout mais pas pour très longtemps, curated by INHA, ELAC-Perrache Lyon/FR
_ Everything is wrong, Everything flows, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu/JPN
2017
_ En forme de vertige, Emerige Prize, curated by Gaël Charbau
_ Ubique, les vacances immobiles, GlassBox, Paris/FR
2016
_ 61ème Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, curated by Amy Barack, Paris/FR
_ Vamos a matar, Campo de Gutierrez MDE15, Medellìn/COL
2015
_ Within one’s grasp, curated by Majà Ciric. “In a convivial mode”- BAR project, Barcelone/ES
_ Prix de Paris, Galerie d’essaie, Lyon/FR
_ How do we get this done and where do we find the material, Réfectoire des Nonnes, Lyon/FR
2014
_ La Planque, curated by Judicaël Lavrador, Le Mur, Lyon/FR
_ Liquor Store, curated by Pentti Monkonnen et Liz Kraft, Paradise Garage, LA/CA
2013
_ Porte ouverte, curated by Judicaël Lavrador, Réfectoire des Nonnes, Lyon/FR
_ Fontana, ae, Saint-Gengoux le National/FR
_ Au bout, le Sud ..., CAP Saint-Fons/FR 2012
_ Nuit des musée, Musée de la chasse et de la nature, Paris/FR


PRIZES & GRANTS

2017
_ DRAC, Individual grant for artist, Rhône-Alpes/FR
_ Nominated for the Revelation Emerige, Paris/FR
2015
_ Nominated for the Prize of Paris, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
_ Nominated for the Prize Linossier, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
2014
_ Grant Adéra Rhône-Alpes, Lyon/FR


RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

2018
_ Fellowships Research Program, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu/JPN
2017
_ Swatch Art, Shanghai/CH
_ Contemporary Art Space Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau/FR
2016
_ Campo de Gutierrez, Medellìn/COL
2015
_ Homesession in collaboration with Art-3 Valence, Barcelone/ES


PUBLICATIONS

2018
_ Everything is wrong, everything flows, Editeur CCA Kitakyushu/JPN, Graphic design by Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR
_ Partout mais pas pour très longtemps, Editor ENSBA Lyon/FR, Graphic design by Alex Badiu
2017
_ Qui sont les stars de demain ? Par Judicaël Lavrador, Éditor Beaux-arts magazine
_ Exhibition book, Révélation emerige, text by Marine Rellinger and Ingrind Luquet-Gad, Paris/FR
2016
_ Exhibition book, 61th Contemporary art Salon of Montrouge, Paris/FR
2015
_ Stand For Self-Reliance, Luke James, Editor Ensba Lyon, graphic design by Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

2017
_ Panorama : Enjeux et perspectives des arts visuels, Clermont-Ferrand/FR

_ Conference, médiathèque André Labarrère, Pau/FR
2016
_ Workshop and conference for the students of the Marie-José Burki studio under the collaboration of Charlotte Moth, ENSBA, Paris/FR
2015 
_ Workshop and conference, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Barcelona/ES

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2016 
_ Pietro Spartà Gallery, technical assistant on the exhibition of Mario Merz, Stiftung Thomas Schütte, Dusseldorf/DE 
_ Charlotte Moth Studio, assistant, Paris/FR
2015
_ Pietro Spartà Gallery, technical assistant on the exhibition of Mario Merz, Chagny/FR 
_ Oscar Tuazon Studio, assistant, Los Angeles/US 
2012 
_ Pietro Spartà Gallery, technical assistant on the exhibition of Sol Lewitt, Chagny/FR 
_ Tadashi Kawamata, assistant, Lyon/FR