SPENCER LAI
 

b. 1991, Malaysia
Living and working in Melbourne, Australia

 

EDUCATION
 

2014  
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Victorian College for the Arts

2009 – 2013
Bachelor of Fine Art, RMIT University

MEMBERSHIPS

2019 - current
TCB Gallery, Board Member


SELECTED SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS


2022

Theta, New York (forthcoming)

Life Study, Claire Lambe & Spencer Lai, Sarah Scout Presents (forthcoming)
 

2021
buddhaminefield., Ge Hinnom Small Group Love, London (forthcoming)
oriental paintings., Neon Parc, Melbourne (forthcoming)
Bitch Biscuit, Victoria Todorov & Spencer Lai (two person exhibition), Bossy’s Gallery, Melbourne (forthcoming)

 

2018
Air becomes metallic scented as anger is emitted [...], Kimberly-Klark, New York
hushed pupils, Fort Delta, Melbourne

2017
Contaminant, figures, Fort Delta, Melbourne

 

2016
B E AT P E ACE, lovely, lovely, Fort Delta, Melbourne

LENTO VIOLENTO, TCB Art.INC, Melbourne

2015
youth, born at brunch (from a wish), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne


2014
do you want me to come downstairs, with rollers in my hair?, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne

2012

Pleasure Structures, Contemporary Lifestyles, c3 Contemporary, Melbourne


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
White Lillies, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York
All worlds are flat, Blindside, Melbourne

 

2020
Improvements & Reproductions, West Space, Melbourne

1991, Neon Parc, Melbourne
there’s no art in heaven, Mejia, Melbourne
MORANGOS COM AÇÚCAR, A Maior, Portugal
Freedom is the gentle exploration of boundaries..., Discordia Gallery, Melbourne

2019
Whorled, Constance ARI, Hobart
No Righteous Left Among The Living, COMA Gallery
Weeping gasoline dream, Mejia, Melbourne
DAVID IS DEAD, David Gallery, Melbourne
Carny, Neon Parc, Melbourne
Toys ‘R’ Us, Second Space Projects, Melbourne
Untitled, Low Standards, Oslo

2018
On the Homefront, Lubov, New York

Group show (not titled), Sydney Sydney, Sydney
The drawing is simply not there, West Space, Melbourne
There is a pain - so utter, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne
Head over Heels, OnCurating Project Space, Zurich
Auto Body Works, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

2017
On Being, Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne

OPTIMISM & FUTILITY, Irene Rose, Melbourne

WE COLLAPSE, WE BUILD NEW CITIES, Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra

Low roofs make one feel like a mole in general, Rear View, Melbourne

I am a branch floating on a swollen river after the rain, Gertrude Contemporary


2016

Saturn Returns, Fort Delta, Melbourne
AFFIDAVIT VITO ACCONCI, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne
A Really Good Look, TarraWarra Biennale: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne
To Wound The Autumnal City, Punk Cafe, Melbourne
The Bathhouse Show, offsite location, Tokyo, Japan
Widow's Walk, LON Gallery, Melbourne

2015
the smell of an oily rag, Fort Delta, Melbourne

CABIN FEVER CREATURE, off-site location, Melbourne

 

2014

Draw backs, Fort Delta, Melbourne
PROUD 2014, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
saunter over to disclose...​, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne

EXHIBITION CURATION

 

2019 - Current
Bossy’s Gallery (co-founder)

2020
Freedom is the gentle exploration of boundaries […], Discordia Gallery, Melbourne

2019
Weeping gasoline dream, Mejia, Melbourne
Hippies use the side door to enter the bazaar, The Drill Hall, Darling Point, Sydney

2018
A smile forms into a grimace mid-slumber as the earth spins [...], Bus Projects, Melbourne
inside voice harvester, Irene Rose, Melbourne

PRESS & BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020
Schmidt, Audrey & Hurst, Cameron; “xoxo Grotty Gossip Girls: Australian Abject Art”, 20 January


2019
Schmidt, Audrey; “In Costume”, Memo Review, 16 November
Schmidt, Audrey; “Carny”, Memo Review, 16 February

2018
Davis, Miles; “Frankensteining: Interview and Images with Spencer Lai”, Story House Select, 19 October
Kubler, Alison; “Forecast: Spencer Lai”, Vault Magazine Issue 23, 30 July
Plagne, Francis; “Spencer Lai: A smiles forms into a grimace [...]”, Memo Review, 17 November
Winata, Amelia; “Critic’s Choice”, Australian Art Collector, April-June

2017
Winata, Amelia; “Grostest Mostest”, Memo Review, 22 July

2016
Schmidt, Audrey; “Banquet at the Biennial”, Art and Australia, 16 November

 

ART FAIR PRESENTATIONS

2018
Spring 1883, Fort Delta, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne
New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), New York

2017
Spring 1883, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

2016
Spring 1883, Fort Delta, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

 

TEACHING & LECTURES

 

2021
“Student Mentoring”, Victorian College for the Arts, Sculpture 2nd & 3rd Year, Melbourne, April - Nov

“Guest Artist Talk with Artist in Residence Jade Townsend”, via Zoom, Artspace Aotearoa, April 8


2020
“Guest Artist Talk”, Monash University, 1st Year Interdisciplinary Class, Melbourne, October 14

“Guest Artist Talk”, Victorian College for the Arts, Sculpture 3rd Year, Melbourne, October 12


CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS


2021
“Practicing Futures Together”, MPavilion, February 17

2019

“Queer and Transgender Experiences as VCA Alumni”, Victorian College for the Arts, panel discussion
“Is Jewellery a Luxury?”, RMIT Design Hub, panel discussion, March 17

  “Assemblage Workshop” with Kate Meakin, RMIT Fashion (Advanced Fashion & Textiles), March 17

2017
“The Limits of the Page”, RMIT Design Hub, Panel discussion, March 17

 

GROUP/COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
 

2019
In Costume, with Brendan Morris, Mejia

2016
mummy has the bends again […], The Community, Paris
Can't Look, Can't Look Away, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
A Really Good Look, for TarraWarra 2016 Biennial, TarraWarra Museum, Victoria
An Awful Leisure, Pansy Gallery, Melbourne

2015
WORLD INDUSTRIES: A GROUP SHOW BY MONICA'S GALLERY, Punk Cafe, Melbourne

2014
Monica's Gallery Presents: The Artist Presents HIGHPOINT, Fort Delta, Melbourne
Monica's Gallery: grassy knoll, off-site location, Melbourne

PUBLICATIONS & APPEARANCES

2021
om (Texts: 2014 - 2021), no more poetry

2020

i.e -- for the people, we will be, no more poetry