Biennale of Sydney

Duke Riley

Duke Riley, Now Those Days Are Gone, 2017, shell mosaic on panel in mahogany frame, 107 x 427 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Duke Riley, Eight Articles Selected for the Polystyrene Memorial Maritime Museum, 2021, salvaged painted plastic in mahogany wood and glass case, 44.5 x 125.7 x 17.8 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Will Howcroft.
Duke Riley, Monument to Five Thousand Years of Temptation and Deception, 2021, found objects on panel in wood and glass case, 69.9 x 174 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Will Howcroft.

Duke Riley

Born 1972 in Boston, USA
Lives in Brooklyn, USA


Duke Riley’s work addresses the tension between individual and collective behaviour, independent spaces within all-encompassing societies, and the conflict with institutional power. He examines transgression zones and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, infiltrations, and video structured as complex multimedia installations. Riley combines populist myths and historical obscurities with contemporary social and environmental dilemmas, connecting past and present, drawing attention to unsolved issues. Throughout his projects he profiles the space where water meets the land, traditionally marking the periphery of urban society, what lies beyond rigid moral constructs, a sense of danger and possibility.

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced