Luke works in a variety of artistic mediums. Whether abstract oils or ink based performances the work carries a theme of repetition and time. He tends to produce a body of work in a three or four year time period.
The large abstractions are collectively one of his longest studies with almost 40 pieces in total spanning over 6 years time. These works have been shown and collected internationally. The paintings demonstrate his most traditional body of work to date. These ‘Human-sized’ canvases aim to provide the viewer with a new discussion or idea with each passing day. One can find new forms and narratives in the works with each reflection. While the work is oil on canvas, the viewer is still reminded of the performance exhibitions with the thousands brushstrokes providing evidence of the artist’s energy and physical connection to each canvas.
Living in a time where availability of objectivity in our environment is at a minimum, the artist uses performance as a manner of suggesting an honest proposal. Everything is available to the viewer. The actions used in creation are not spectacular or heroic, rather of public knowledge and accessible. What becomes personal is the endurance of that action or ‘drive’. This naturally asks the viewer to consider their own situation, identify my body to their body, and question the manner in which we believe modern documentation represents what occurs in our space and shared time.
BODY MOVEMENT DOCUMENTATION DEVICE
The artist confronts his aversion to existing faulty systems by constructing abstract works within a controlled setting. By suspending the marker, he allows gravity to assume control of the print, offering assurance of authenticity in production. A unique method of documentation of physical activity, the print is directly impacted by the artist’s posture, speed, and mood as it relates to his movement, remaining susceptible to the inevitable calamity of life despite being confined within the laws of physics. Conscious of the process of creation, members of the audience begin to connect to the work, examining the abstract print for signs of cause and effect. The result: a shared experience between the artist and his audience, producing an abstract work of art free of misrepresentation.
CONCEPTUAL PAINTING PERFORMANCES
The artist documents the affect of repetition, along with physical and mental fatigue on the production of abstract art. A symbol of the foreseeable obstacles of existence, a blindfold is drawn over the eyes of the artist. The artist must not only endure the physical demands of the task, but learn to accept the imperfections of his work. The influence of external and internal stimuli on production becomes the artist’s focus. The art becomes a depiction of the subconscious while simultaneously shaped by a heightened awareness of his surroundings, acting almost as a distraction. Again, the audience is cognizant of the process of creation, but now must react to the artist’s torment. The audience witnesses firsthand the effect of repetition on the mind and body, and how this is expressed within the progression of the series. Given there is a widely different set of underlining cultural information for China and the USA, materials and presentation adapt accordingly to heighten the levels of questioning available when displayed in each country.
Consistent with previous themes, the large abstracts and the ink of paper series are an illustration of repetition within a controlled setting. The artist confines his movement to vertical markings, continuing duplication of the marking to achieve the desired thickness and composition. While these works are the most traditional in form and presentation, they are still meant to focus on the affect of repetition on the mind and body, and the viewer is meant to regard layering as endurance.
Kneeling floor smack (41 mins), POW POW POW Action Art Festival, San Francisco, CA w/ Guillermo Galindo, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Keith Hennessy and more, 2010.
Luke Homitsky, Solo, TransArt Gallery, Gerard Douplein 23 1073XE, Amsterdam Holland, 2009.
Conversations, Performance and Video, Naomi Yorke Shanghai, China
Researching The Possibility of Adaptation to an Aquatic Environment, Performance and Installation, Shanghai Grand Theater Gallery Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangdong, China, 2009.
M-Forever Announcement Exhibition, Performance and Installation of “Etiology” and “Blind” series, Shanghai University Art Space, No.50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, China, 2008.
Unlimited, Performance and Installation, Gallery 55 Building No.4, No.50 Moganshan Rd. Shanghai, China, 2007.
Blind, Solo, Cang Xin’s studio, No.2 Jiu Xiang Qiao Rd. 798 Dashanzi Art District Beijing, China, 2006.
Carrying Buckets, Performance and Installation, Yew Chung Education Foundation, Gubei New, Shanghai, China, 2006.
Etiology, Solo, Startland Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, 2005.
Punch and In the Box, Performances and Installation, Scope Art Fair, South Beach, Miami, Florida, 2005.
Imminent End, Eminent Beginning, Performance and Installation, StarCCA Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, 2005.
Truest I Ever Said (One and Two), Performance and Installation, Alexander Hall SCAD, Savannah, Georgia, 2005.
Open Studio Night Featured Artist, Alexander Hall SCAD, Savannah, Georgia, 2004.
Broad Junction, CAFA of Beijing International Show, Group, Wangfujing, Beijing, China, 2004.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Competition, Group, Shaolin Park, Harbin, China, 2004.
Watch This Space, Group, Peiling Chang Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, 2002.
East Meets West with Professor Josh Yu, Group, Alexander Hall, Savannah, Georgia, 2002.
Demonstrations in Divergence, Solo, Ebert Hall, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 2000.
M.F.A. in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, 2005.
B.F.A. in Fine Arts, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 2000.
*Senior Visiting Scholar of The Peoples Republic of China Residency, Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, China 2003-2005. VIEW CHINA EXPERIENCE
Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) Award, Beijing, China, 2003,2004.
Target Professional Development Grant, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, 2011.
Yu Chinese Traditional Painting Award, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, 2002.