Peter Burke is a visual artist who uses marketing strategies and fictional personae to generate social interactions in public space. He does this in order to examine topical issues and to question the general condition of contemporary society. His cross-disciplinary approach embraces performance, painting, drawing, digital media, video, graphic design and the mass media.
Burke creates ‘pop-up’ interventions at highly regulated commercial and civic sites, including international art fairs, biennales, galleries, shopping precincts and streets. He manipulates the conditions of these sites by combining fiction and humour to ‘perform’ surprise and benign disruption. His aim is to open up an understanding of art as social space and to examine how the blended relationship between artworld, commerce and the public may be negotiated.
In 2017, Burke completed his PhD research project 'Pop-Up Art: Performing creative disruption in social space'. Through a series of performative and participatory projects he investigated how artistic interventions in the street and commercial or artworld marketplaces can critique power relations.
Burke exhibits widely in Australia and internationally. Recent projects include What Goes Around Comes Around, Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat, Australia (2018), Catch Your Breath, PSI, Daegu Art Factory, South Korea (2018), Air Cabinet, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein, South Africa (2017), Love is in the Fair (with Adele Varcoe), Melbourne Art Fair, Australia (2014), Streetworks, Project Space, Melbourne, Australia (2014), Ban the Biennale, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Australia (2014), Triage (with Louise Lavarack), Melbourne, Australia (2013) and Pursuit at Art Stage Singapore, India Art Fair and Melbourne Art Fair (2012-13). His projects have been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, International Specialised Skills Institute, RMIT University, University of Melbourne and Victoria University.
Burke has completed residencies at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi (2015), Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo (2014), Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris (2009) and Global Arts Village, New Delhi (2006). He is represented in various art collections including Australian Catholic University, City of Glen Eira, Franklin Furnace Archive, Museum Victoria, National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, the Vancouver Art Book Fair Library & Archive, Victoria Police and Victoria University.
Burke holds various academic positions at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.