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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman has been exhibiting since 1986 with shows in New York, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Denmark, and London.  He has held major exhibitions at the Morris Museum in metropolitan New York (2018), Singapore Art Museum (2010), the National Gallery of Australia in 2005 and in 2001, the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (2002), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2007), the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award (2004), Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi, Cottesloe, and Aarhus/Denmark; 2001 - 2014), and Collaborative Concepts in New York (2002). Solo exhibitions include Linton and Kay (2016), Goddard de Fiddes (1997), and The Hooper Gallery in London (1991).

Geoffrey has undertaken numerous large-scale public art commissions including the 11m tall interactive robotic artwork “Totem”
(2012) at the Perth Arena, an interactive LED matrix "Surface" (2016) at Perth Childrens Hospital, the external Sculpture "One" (2019) for the University of Canberra, and a kinetic work titled “Readwrite" (2014) for the NEXTDC Data Centre in Malaga. Geoffrey won the Guinness Collection contemporary automata Best in Show and Peoples Choice awards in 2018, the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Prize Highly Commended Award in 2001 and the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2005, the Sir Charles Gardiner Art Award in 1993, the Princess Margaret Art Award in 2003 and the1997 AIIA National Award for Excellence in Information Technology.

Geoffrey was born in Woomera, South Australia in 1964 and is based in Perth, Western Australia. Geoffrey completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Western Australia in 1985 and a Master of Visual Arts at Curtin University in 1994. Geoffrey Drake-Brockman trained as a painter at Curtin University Art School and his early work was figurative, colourist, painting. Since 2000 Geoffrey’s work has been primarily sculptural and technology-enabled. The artist notes; “I am interested in the social impact of technology, a theme which I approach formally with geometric and colour based composition, as well as implementing electronic, interactive systems in my work. I seek to create autonomous works that are able to support unique, emergent, ongoing dialogues between viewer and art object”. Geoffrey sets out more detail on his conceptual basis in the talk he gave at TEDx 2013 in Perth, WA.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016     Looking Glass, Linton and Kay, Perth
2010    
Floribots, Art Garden, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2007     Floribots, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2002     Clownhead, (collab. R. Kuhaupt) The Breadbox, Perth
2001     Geoffrey, (collab. R. Kuhaupt) The Verge, Perth
1997     The Identity Appliance, Goddard de Fiddes, Perth
1993     Augmentations, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1991     The Hooper Gallery, London, UK
1987     Greenhill Galleries, Perth


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2019    Passage Through a Portal, Shenton College, Exterior Sculpture
2019    SKY, Curiocity Brisbane, Opening Event, Interactive Installation
2017
    SKY, Perth Winter Arts Festival Main Activation, Interactive Installation
2016    Surface, Perth Children's Hospital, Interactive Light Sculpture
2015    Curl, Carter Lane Park, Subiaco - Exterior Sculpture
2015    Luminous, Chinatown, Perth, Exterior Interactive Light Sculpture
2014    Rain on Water, Butler Train Station – Interior Sculpture
2014    Readwrite, NEXTDC Malaga Data Centre – Exterior Robotic Interactive Sculpture
2012    Spiral, Northbridge Police Complex – Exterior Sculpture
2012    Totem, The Perth Arena – Interactive Sculpture and Laser Installation   
2010    Headspace – Interactive Sculpture for Christ Church Grammar School
2009    Counter, Transart – Interactive Sculpture in Central Perth   
2008    Autobot, Automotive TAFE – Interactive Robotic/Optical Sculptures   
2008    Optic Alley – Interactive Laser Installation in Central Perth   
2007    Anemone, 3X3 Forrest Place – Interactive Sculpture for Central Perth   
2005    Transfiction – Laser Sculpture on Parliamentary Triangle Axis, Canberra   
2004    LaserWrap – Permanent Laser Sculpture on the ACT Heath Building, Canberra   



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    Weather the Weather, SciArt Initiative, New York Hall of Science, NY, USA
2018    Instrumental, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
2018    Curious Characters, The Morris Museum, NJ, USA
2016    Machines and Makers, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA
2014    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, NSW
2014    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2012    City of Joondalup Invitation Art Exhibition
2011    Sculpture by the Sea, Aahus, Denmak (Europe)
2011    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2010    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2009    Out of the Box, Holmes a Count Gallery
2006    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2005    National Sculpture Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2005    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2004    Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Prize exhibition, Melbourne
2003    Luminous Image, Collaborative Concepts Art Gallery, New York, USA   
2002    Sculpture from Sea, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney   
2002    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney   
2002    Mnemotech, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth   
2002    Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth
2001    National Sculpture Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2001    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney   
2000    Suburb, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)   
2000    A Multi-Story City, City of Perth Invitation Art Award
1999    Shaky Ground, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)   
1992    Pulit8, Pulit Artspace, London, UK
1989    New Works, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1987    Triyptych, Praxis, Fremantle
1986    Sixpack, Praxis, Fremantle



QUALIFICATIONS

2007    Orlan Post-Graduate Masterclass, Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
1994    Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Curtin University School of Art
1991    Life Drawing, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
1985    Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), University of Western Australia


AWARDS

2018    Best in Show, Guinness Collection contemporary automata exhibition, the Morris Museum, USA
2018    Peoples Choice, Guinness Collection contemporary automata exhibition, the Morris Museum, USA
2005    People’s Choice Award, National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia
2004   
National Exemplar, Year of the Built Environment
2003    Princess Margaret Search for Genius Art Award
2001    Highly Commended, National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia
1997    Australian Information Industry Assn. Award for Excellence in Information Technology
1993    Sir Charles Gairdner Annual Art Award


PUBLICATIONS

2018    REED, Megan
, The Power of Simulation, Art of the Times, Fall Issue
2017    ZINDERMAN, Carly, Man, Machine, Viewer, Object, Just Luxe, 28 June
2018    SHIRK, Laura, The Creator vs. The Created, Bellus Magazine, 25 April
2017    DUSTMAN,
Emily A, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman - Cybernetics Artist, E-Squared Magazine, Issue #3
2017   
DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Geoffrey, Mirror Beings - Robot Complexity, Myths, and Simulacra, Digimag 76
2015    DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Geoffrey, Created Beings - From Commonplace Motifs to Robot Myths and Simulacra,
Cyberworlds Conference
2015    SASAKI, Kasuo, Floribots Robotics and Japanese Origami, Tokyo University of Technology School of Media Science
2015     UEHARA, Kenneth, 30 Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures You Can’t Ignore, Hongkiat
2015    CAUSA, Emiliano, Invasión Generativa, La Plata National University of Argentina
2015    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Drake-Brockman
2015    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gdrakebrockman/videos
2013    TEDx Talk: http://www.tedxperth.org/created-beings
2013    BEVIS, Stephen, Mechanical dancer a life work, The West Australian. 19 April
2012    KLICH, Rosemary & SCHEER, Edward , Multimedia Performance, Palgrave Macmillan
2012    BEVIS, Stephen, Totem Tribute to Robotics, The West Australian. 5 November
2007    SPENCER, Ric, The West Australian - Visual Arts. 10 Feb
2005    RICHARDSON, Elvis, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 15 July - 9 October 2005, Artlink. Vol 25 no 4
2005    WARDEN, Ian, The Canberra Times. 15 July, p3
2004    FIRTH, Dianne & BARNEY, Jane, Landscape – Journal of the Institute of Landscape Architecture
2003    GENNOCIO, Ben, Using Illumination to Truly See, The New York Times Arts Review. 28 Dec
2002    ERICKSON, Dorothy, Mnemotech : sense + scape + time + memory, Artlink. Vol 22 no 4
2002    GRALTON, Beatrice, Craft Arts International. Vol54, p70
2001    BROMFEILD, David, The West Australian. 24 March


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