Robert Luzar’s works predominantly explore bodily approaches to mark-making as a formative event, or ‘creative inception’. He is largely inspired by drawing as a paradoxical method of generating meaning through obstructive – yet radically expansive – kinds of creative process. Mark-making is investigated through marking systems – notational motifs such as • , / – ) – that are offset by bodily motion as well as physical arrest. Using either ink, chalk, digital projection, foam, or wood, Luzar represents the drawn mark as a visual and spatial device for localizing the physical body. In this way, he rethinks preconceptions of engaged practice as a reciprocal, essentially temporal, and continuous process. And he looks at drawing in its breadth and openness to creating, ranging from works on paper to performance art, video, photography, sculpture, and instruction-based activities.
Robert Luzar is an artist and writer who is presently based in Toronto, Ontario. He continues to exhibit works and present live-art events globally. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design and a PhD from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London, England). Some recent exhibitions, art prizes, and live-art events include: (2014) Life and Limb (Orillia Museum of Art & History, Canada), In Friendship/Mit Gelassenheit (a collaborative live-art exhibition and media event with Timo Kube (DE), Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany); (2013) Draw to Perform (a symposium on performance-drawing, Performance Space, England); (2012) Level (Talbot Rice Gallery, Scotland); (2011) The Creekside Open (curated by Phyllida Barlow, APT Gallery, England), London International (curated by Edward Lucie Smith, KCCC, Lithuania). In 2015, he will take part in two artist residencies: at DRAWinternational (Caylus, France), and Est-Nord-Est (Québec, France); and will publish a new essay in the forthcoming book Nancy & Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press).