JAMES MCALLISTER is a visual artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. He works across the disciplines of drawing, writing, the making of objects, installation and performance. He has taught drawing and art history and his skill base has been broadened with research and practice in industrial and manufacturing design and their associated materials and processes.
Exhibition, Perfomance, installation: His work has been presented at Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Exiles Gallery, First Draft, Pendulum Gallery, 27.5m sq., Performance Space, Queen St Studios and Fraser Studios in Sydney, and Pinacoteca, Arc One Gallery and Conduit Arts Initiative in Melbourne. He has been performance collaborator and designer with artists Ros Crisp, Nikki Heywood, Tess De Quincey and Peter Fraser, alongside an ongoing collaboration with Fragment 31 / Leisa Shelton. He has recently completed the last in a series of three performed installations addressing the the transactional threshold between the artist and the viewer, presented in Sydney and Melbourne and has upcoming projects at Venice International Performance Art Week in Italy, and Ejercicios Mosqueto in Santiago, Chile.
As collaborating artist with Fragment 31: He has co-designed and fabricated with architect Ryan Russell of Russell & George, the sets for performance works “Inhabited Woman” and “Inhabited Man”, designed and fabricated in collaboration with Tom Burless of TOMIKEH, the reliquary / touring archive for “MAPPING – tracing our shared history of media art”, as part of EXPERIMENTA / Recharge (Australian Biennale of Media Art), co-designed the “10th Anniversary Archive” for FUTURE PAST, Arts House Melbourne and designed and fabricated portable writing desks for “SCRIBE @ FOLA” Melbourne and “SCRIBE @ SPILL” Ipswich UK (upcoming).
Teaching and research: Early teaching positions include University of Southern Queensland and Southern Cross University, followed by travel and research into theatre and performance methodology with Theatre en Spirale in Senegal, West Africa. Current teaching and research into the nature and substance of drawing and the ongoing project, Soft Architecture; research and development for a series of theoretical and practical proposals for the transactional interface between the artist and his or her client.