Robert Luzar is an artist, researcher and educator. Slovenian born and having lived many years in Canada, he is now based in England. After having studied fine art and modern philosophy at York University (Canada), he moved to London and completed a Master of Arts degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Luzar continues to exhibit internationally in live-art events, galleries, residencies, and museums. Some prior examples include:
- the Talbot Rice Gallery (UK)
- Nunnery Gallery (UK)
- Torrance Art Museum (USA)
- Red Head Gallery (CA)
- DRAWinternational (FR)
- Künstlerhaus Dortmund (DE) and
- KCCC cultural institute (LT).
Throughout such exhibitions he has worked with artists and curators, such as Edward Lucie-Smith, Adrian Heathfield, Phyllida Barlow, and Franko B.
Additionally, he publishes articles in cultural magazines and peer-review journals, such as Mnemoscape Magazine, and Artfractures. He contributed a chapter to the book Nancy and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), which explores ideas by French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.
Throughout his works, he investigates forms of mark-making through a form of ‘multiplicity’. He approaches this notion as an event that is materialist and conceptually inventive, engaging the work of art as a complex whole.
Drawing, writing, imprinting, projecting, videoing, inscribing a trace, making a mark; seeing how one makes and re-thinks (conditions, actions, everyday materials), how the human body engages, how the hand grasps or forefinger points, probes, moves, obstructs… or comes to a halt; engaging surfaces – such as paper, foam, pavement, walls, floors, photographic images, or digital/analogue projections –, mutable interfaces that result in, for example, re-traced paper, or digitally re-marked images of a clear day-lit sky. These are some of the many ways in which his work takes place. This happens not only throughout drawing but, furthermore, within live-art performance, two-person actions, video, live web broadcasting, photography, painting, and installation.
His doctoral thesis, Drawing Upon Multiplicity: Mark, Body, and A Trace of Thought (2013), is a substantial practice-led investigation into the question of thinking throughout performative kinds of drawing practices.
His research is ongoing. This means additionally investigating theoretical and philosophical issues structuring art in relation to materialist ideologies of inscription and process. Some of his current research interests are:
- drawing and performance-based art forms (from the 1970’s to present)
- self-interruptive and generative gestures
- graphical motifs of the point [ • ]
- re-tracings and subtractions of the line
- event (Heidegger, Badiou, Deleuze)
- plasticity (Malabou) and
- post-phenomenology (Nancy, Blanchot).
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UK)
- Master of Arts (MA), Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (UK)
- Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), York University (CA)
- Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (a peer-review journal, Intellect press), member of Editorial Board, 2015 - present.
- FADO performance art centre (CA), Board Member, 2015.
Research and academic outputs
Luzar, R (2018) 'Points performatifs: dessiner le désir = Performative points: drawing desire.' In: de Mévius, I, ed. Ed Pien. Les Éditions de Mévius, Montreal, pp. 44-89. ISBN 9782981665720
Luzar, R (2016) 'Turning around the written mark, opening from a weight of thought.' In: Giunta, C and Janus, A, eds. Nancy and visual culture. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474407496
Luzar, R (2020) 'Performative problems.' Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 5 (1). pp. 29-41. ISSN 2057-0384
Luzar, R (2019) 'The multiplicity of (un-)thought: Badiou, Deleuze, event.' Comparative and Continental Philosophy. ISSN 1757-0638
Drawing the Dao: reflections on the application of Daoist theory of action in contemporary drawing practice
Flavel, S and Luzar, R (2019) 'Drawing the Dao: reflections on the application of Daoist theory of action in contemporary drawing practice.' Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 4 (1). pp. 11-27. ISSN 2057-0384
Luzar, R (2017) 'Rethinking the graphic trace in performative drawing.' Theatre and Performance Design, 3 (1-2). pp. 50-67. ISSN 2332-2578
Luzar, R (2014) 'Multiple signatures of subtraction.' Mnemoscape Magazine, 1 (Sep). pp. 144-159.
Luzar, R (2012) 'A trace from a point... (without reference).' Desearch: Postgraduate Journal of Art & Contemporary Culture, 2.
Luzar, R (2016) Objectless faith through inaesthetics. In: Knowledge, Reality, Transcendence: A Dialogue Between East & West, 31 October - 6 November 2016, Constanta, Sinaia, Vatra Dornei, Romania.
Luzar, R (2016) How am I? Thinking ‘being’ through excess, exscription and saturated phenomena. In: Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue in a Pluralistic World: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, 1 - 2 June 2016, Oviidius University, Constanta, Romania.
Luzar, R (2016) Facing/Faceless. In: About Face Symposium, 21 January 2016, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK.
Luzar, R and Giunta, C (2012) Keynote address. In: A Breath for Nothing… Approaching the Limit, 26 June 2012, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London.
Luzar, R and Collins, L (2009) Pause records. In: Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics, 25 September 2009, Little Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.
Luzar, R (2013) Drawing upon multiplicity: mark, body and a trace of thought. PhD thesis, University of the Arts London.
Luzar, R (2017) 'Untitled' & 'A-lighting Steps, Balls and Chords'. In: Gesture, Trace, Performance, Herbert Read Gallery, London, UK, 18 November - 15 December 2017.
Luzar, R (2016) Demonstrations. Skelf SITE, 1 October - 3 November 2016.
Luzar, R (2016) Screened page. In: Line, Point, Plane: Minimalism in Architectural Space, Nunnery Gallery, London, UK, 20 – 25 September 2016.
Luzar, R (2016) Screened page / screened window. In: Drawing Upon Experience, Basement Gallery, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK, 16 May - 23 July 2016.
Luzar, R (2016) Re-tracing post, stance, paper. In: Draw to Perform 3, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, 10 February 2016.
Luzar, R and Kube, T (2014) Friendship / Mit gelassenheit. Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany, 13 August 2014.
Luzar, R (2013) Outside: selected artworks [solo exhibition]. Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK, 29 March – 13 April 2013.
Luzar, R (2012) Level [group exhibition]. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, UK, 12 - 18 May 2012.
Luzar, R (2011) London international [group exhibition]. Klaipeda Culture Communications Centre (KCCC), Lithuania, June 2011.
Luzar, R (2011) Polemically small [group exhibition]. Torrance Arts Museum, California, USA, 29 May - 25 June 2011.
Luzar, R (2018) Sanded Steps, Standing Over Stones. In: Resting, Walking, Place-Making, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 24 March 2018.
Luzar, R (2016) Four Steps for Lighting Balls and Chords. In: Draw to Perform 3, Crows Nest Gallery, London, UK, 30 - 31 July 2016.
Luzar, R and Gagliardi, F (2016) Two Seen, One Un-Seeing. In: Duration and Dialogue: Performance Art Festival/Symposium, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada, 29 - 31 January 2016.
Luzar, R and Gagliardi, F (2015) Legs, too. Artscape Sandbox, Toronto, Canada, 3 October 2015.