Derek Kreckler

Artist Biography

Derek Kreckler is an Australian artist born in Sydney in 1952. Derek works in a variety of media to create performance, video, sound and photographic art works. Select exhibitions include: Many a slip… Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne 2013; Untitled video Media Art Asia Pacific, Brisbane 2013; Accident and Process Peloton Gallery, Sydney 2012; How to discipline a tree The Paper Mill, Sydney 2010; On Reason and Emotion: Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2004; Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia 2004; Clemenger Contemporary Art Award National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2003; Window Inside and Outside Kwangju City Art Museum, South Korea 1999; Encounters with Diversity PS1, New York 1992; The Readymade Boomerang: Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1990; 8th National Review of Live Art Third Eye Centre, Glasgow UK 1988.

Derek has taught within the Australian University Art School system since 1982. He is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Previous to his current position, he was a senior lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he taught in the sound design programme for theatre and film. Prior to which he taught at the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts and the University of NSW, College of Fine Arts.


Australia Council New Media Fellowship 2000-2001
Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship 1995-1996
Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship 1991-1992
NSW Ministry for the Arts, (Animation for a railway tunnel) 1993
The Australian Film Commission New Image Research Grant, 1991


Ennis, H 2007, Exposures, Photography and Australia, Reaktion books London

French, B 2007, Out Of Time: Essays Between Art and Photography, Contemporary Art Centre South Australia. Adelaide

Angeloro, D 2006, Defying Perceptual Passivity, RealTime 71 2006

Geczy, A 2006, Blind (Ned) Leading the Blind, Broadsheet 35 No1

Duncan, J Cook, R Bullen, C 2005 'Derek Kreckler'€™ Mix Tape, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Grayson, R 2005, 'Uncanny Tales from In-between: Some Recent Australian Art'€™, Venice Biennale 2005 essay series, Australia Council 16/09/2013

French, B 2004, 'Derek Kreckler: Allegories Of Vision'€™, On Reason and Emotion, 14th Biennale of Sydney, catalogue

Mateer, J 2004, Derek Kreckler, Adelaide Biennale of Art catalogue

McLean, I 2004, The Real Thing, Artlink vol 24 no 1

Parr, M 2004, Holey Smoke, Art and Australia, vol 24

Cromby, I 2003, 'Derek Kreckler’, Clemenger Contemporary Art Awards, exhibition catalogue National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003

Mateer, J 2002 Naturalisation: Recent Australian Art and the Natural, Art Monthly, No. 146

Green, C Dr 1999, Living Here Now '€“ Art and Politics, Art and Australia vol 37

Michaels, L 1999, Living Here Now – Art and Politics, Australian Perspecta Catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Waterlow, N 1994, 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, University of NSW

Marsh, A 1993, A History of Australian Performance Art 1962-90, Oxford University Press, Melbourne Australia

Selenitsch, A 1993, White Pointer, Agenda Magazine, Centre for Design RMIT

Ward, F 1993, Derek Kreckler: Fountain, Artspace catalogue, Sydney

Gabalova, Z 1992, 'White Pointer'€™, Encounters With Diversity, P.S. 1/The Institute for Contemporary Art, L.I.C., NY

Block, R 1990, Ready Made Boomerang, 8th Biennale of Sydney, Catalogue (VOL. 1 and 2.)

Ewington, J 1990, Detail: A Small Exhibition in the Environment, ANU 1990

Murphy, A 1990, 'Beyond Presence'€™, New technologies and the Arts, Arts Council of Great Britain


Wei, L 2004, South by Southeast: the 14th Sydney Biennale Art in America, December 2004

Fitzgerald, M 2004, Not Dying, Changing Time Magazine 2004

Ward, O 2004 Biennale of Sydney Various Locations Frieze Magazine Issue 86 October 2004

O’Connell, S 2000, Australian Perspecta 99 Frieze Magazine Issue 50 January 2000


Art Bank Collection, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Wesfarmers Collection, Perth Western Australia, Australia
Archive of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom,
Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia,
The University of Adelaide Library, Australia
Griffith Artworks Queensland, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Australia
University of Wollongong Collection, Australia
Various private collections.



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Mudie, E 2012, Just another moment in time...and then some '€œDerek Kreckler, Appropriated Circumstances'€ RealTime issue #109 June-July 2012 pg. 45 - Download PDF

Angeloro, D 2006, Defying Perceptual Passivity, RealTime 71 2006 - Download PDF

Geczy, A 2006, Blind (Ned) Leading the Blind, Broadsheet, 35:1, 2006, pp. 51'€“53 - Download PDF

French, B '€œDerek Kreckler: Allegories of Vision'€, Out of time: essays between photography & art, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2006 - Download PDF

Parr, M 2004, '€œArtist'€™s Choice: Holy Smoke'€, Art and Australia, 42:2, Summer, 2004, pp. 204'€“205 - Download PDF