ARCHIE MOORE

Archie Moore (Kamilaroi. Born 1970, Toowoomba, lives Brisbane) works across media in portrayals of self and national histories. His ongoing interests include key signifiers of identity – skin, language, smell, home, flags – as well as the borders of intercultural understanding and misunderstanding, including the wider concerns of racism.

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. He has held regular solo exhibitions of his work for two decades in university, not-for-profit and commercial galleries in most states of Australia as well as being invited to present solo and two-person shows in the UK and Japan.

Currently and until February 2018, Moore is presenting a newly commissioned work at Australian Parliament House in Canberra, a work made from decommissioned volumes of Hansard for the group exhibition Boundless Volumes. Forthcoming in March 2018, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, is presenting a solo exhibition by Moore. Curated by Angela Goddard, former Curator Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, it will be largest solo exhibition of Moore's work to date in a public institution. A catalogue with several newly commissioned essays is currently in production to accompany the exhibition.

Moore’s catalogue of group exhibitions includes key presentations in major biennials and museum exhibitions including:  Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, curated by Tina Baum, at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017). Moore’s major presentation of work in Defying Empire was drawn from recent acquisitions of his work by the National Gallery of Australia; The National: New Australian Art (2017), co-presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where Moore presented his 28 flag installation, United Neytions; the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, in which Moore recreated in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens a 1:1 scale replica of Woollarawarre Bennelong’s brick hut built for him by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1790. The inside of the hut, with dirt floor and lined with rusted corrugated iron, was an approximation of Moore’s grandmother’s (Vera’s) house in late 20th Century rural Queensland. Moore was assisted on the project by prominent indigenous architect, Kevin O'Brien; TARNANTHI - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Adelaide (significant solo presentations within the Festival in both 2017 and 2015).

Other group exhibitions include Sixth Sense, curated by Djon Mundine at NAS Galleries, Sydney (2016); Courting Blakness: Recalibrating knowledge in the Sandstone University, curated by Fiona Foley, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; 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); Contemporary Australian Drawing 2: Drawing as notation, text and discovery at the University of the Arts, London (2012); Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscape at the Australian Embassy, Washington D.C. (2012); and Making it New: Focus on Australian Contemporary Art curated by Glenn Barkley, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009).

In 2010, Moore was the winner of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, a continuation of his series of miniature folded bibles, replicas of mission buildings in Australia (many of these works are in the QAG | GOMA collection). 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 completed a commission, General Sanders vs Colonel Saunders, for Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Also 2013, Moore was invited to participate in the University of Queensland's National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize. His work for this exhibition, Black Dog, was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the 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; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; 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; the University of Queensland Art Museum; and the University of Technology, Sydney.

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.