About Dr Adam Geczy

My research for some thirty years has been as both an artist and a writer. As an artist my interests include or have included: art and music, the nexus between Indigenous and non-Indigenous art, the question of what makes successful and viable political practice in art, the psychology and play of children, and clown and masquerade as devices for authentic expression. These have been explored through painting, photomedia, drawing and performance. As a theorist, I have written numerous books and articles that deal with the art-fashion crossover. I have also written on art, art theory and philosophical aesthetics. A particular interest are the ways that certain aspects of popular culture play a critical role in self and society. An important dimension of both my art and theoretical practice is collaboration and transnationality.

In contemporary art practice I have expertise in drawing and painting, video, installation, performance and photomedia. In history and theory, demonstrated areas of expertise include art criticism, art theory of modernism and postmodernism to the contemporary, performance and installation art, intercultural and postcolonial theory, including Orientalism past and present, Indigenous studies, fashion, critical fashion practice, gender identities, aesthetics and the evolving forces of popular culture.

Highlights in my creative outputs include two significant solo/solo-collaborative museum exhibitions in Europe. Further evidence of my reputation as an artist is demonstrated by numerous invitations to participate in curated solo or group exhibitions internationally including Hungary, Belgium, Holland and Germany, and by the number of major solo exhibitions (with published catalogues) that I have secured in contemporary art centres and museums in Australia. Several of the international exhibitions have been concurrent with competitive residencies, of which I have had six since 2010. My work is held in numerous collections including the Queensland Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. 

Selected publications

  • S/M Wonderland, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 2014
  • BOMB (with Blak Douglas), Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht (AAMU), Holland, 2013
  • Lefejezve’ [Decapitated], Esterhazy Palace, Györ Art Museum, Hungary, 2011
  • The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay (Geczy/Parr: with Mike Parr), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2004
  • Transorientalism in Fashion, Film and Art: Inventions of Identity, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2019
  • Fashion Installation, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2019
  • Critical Fashion Practice: From Westwood to van Beirendonck, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2017
  • The Artificial Body in Fashion and Art: Mannequins, Models and Marionettes, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2017
  • Queer Style, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas, London and New York: Berg/ Bloomsbury, 2013
  • Art: Histories, Theories, Exceptions, Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 2008