Luke Hart is a London-based artist. His sculptural practice is driven by structural and material experimentation. Using a variety of industrial production methods, and methods of his own design and invention, the work often focuses on the connection points, or joints, of steel structure engineering which enable or encourage flexibility and structural variation. Luke is interested in how a structural and sculptural object functionally, rather than visually, interacts with the world around it. The adaptable systems that I develop allow exploration of this through investigation of these relationships, through gravity or buoyancy, or through relationships to architecture or landscape. This blurring of the boundary between the art object and the functional, and the possible potential of practical use-value applications both allows the work an embedded relationship to and within the world, and disregards the traditional autonomy of the art-object. The work manifests in a variety of serial investigations, such as a series of structural flexible joints, fabricated and DIY injection moulded in the workshop in steel and chemically bonded polyurethane rubber; a series of structures built from these component parts; and components and structures built of mechanical steel parts designed to be flexible to adapt to different configurations or responses to the world.
Education: Luke has a Master of Arts, Sculpture 2013, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, with honours 2007, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Selected exhibitions include: Making Arrangements: LDN/CDMX, William Benington Gallery, London (solo show, 2018); WALL, William Benington Gallery, London (solo show, 2016); Proving Ground: Prototyping, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (solo show, 2014); Joinery, Tim Sheward Projects, London (solo show, 2013); Synergia, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City (group show, 2018); Holiday Home, Alma Zevi, Celerina, Switzerland (group show, 2017); Sculpture In Public, A WBG London Project at WoodWork Studios, London (group show, 2017); Time to Hit The Road, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (group show, 2014); The London Project Goes North, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (group show, 2013); YES: Young English Sculptors, Fundaziun Not Vital, Ardez, Switzerland (2012); Fabricators, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2012).
Selected awards and residencies include: Artist in Residence, Grupo México Copper Mine, invitation of Manuel Muñoz, Cananea, Mexico (2017); Visiting Artist, April 2017, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK (2017); Visiting Artist, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK (2014); Artist in Residence, The Land Art Road Trip, Gerson Zevi, Various Sites, USA (2013); Bursary+ Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (2010); Bursary Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (2009); June Resident, Pratt BFA Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA (2008).
Portrait © Manfredi Gioacchini 2019