Derek Kreckler is an Australian artist born in Sydney in 1952. He studied sculpture at the South Australian School of Visual Arts (1980) before completing a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) at the Sydney College of the Arts (1991). In 2012 he was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong.
Kreckler’s work remains consistently sophisticated and diverse. Since 1978 he has investigated performance, video, sound and photography, using conceptual and aesthetic strategies to address autobiographical and cultural concerns including the environment, race, and the construction of representation.
Kreckler’s work is represented in various Australian collections including state and national art galleries and private collections. Kreckler has exhibited widely including PS1 New York, Gwangju City Art Gallery, Gallery Chemold in Mumbai and the Flaxman Gallery in London, and extensively throughout Australia.
His major group exhibitions include the: On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art (2004); Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2004); The Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2003); Encounters with Diversity, PS1 New York (1992); and The Readymade Boomerang, Biennale of Sydney (1990).
Solo exhibitions include; Accident and Process, Peloton Gallery, Sydney 2012; How to Discipline a Tree and Photographs from China, The Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney (2011); Facade: Found People, Wollongong City Art Gallery (2008); Derek Kreckler: New Work, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2006); Derek Kreckler: Downstairs, Performance Space, Sydney (2005); The Looking… and Other Outcomes, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2003) and Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2001); and Blind Ned, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2001).
Kreckler spent 1991-1992 as a participant in the MoMA PS1 artist residency program in New York and was awarded a New Media Arts Board Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2000. Parallel to the production of his art Derek Kreckler has continued to teach within art schools. In 2007 he returned to the east coast to work at the University of Wollongong in the Faculty of Creative Arts. He has taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA); Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney; and the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.