Ishmael Randall Weeks b. 1976


Ishmael Randall Weeks' practice encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture and video to works on paper.  In these works, issues of urbanization, transformation, regeneration, escape, collapse and nomadic existence have been predominant. While the work in the drawing studio serves as a means for a more intimate exploration of these issues, the foundation of his larger scale work lies in the alteration of found and recycled materials and environmental debris, often on site (including such source materials as books and printed matter, empty tins, old tires, bicycles, boat parts and building construction fragments) that are often altered to create sculptural objects and architectural spaces. These works take the visual form of functional objects while stripping them of their productivity to address notions of labor and utility, forcing an examination of our understanding of culturally specific forms while simultaneously exploiting and adapting their particular codes and associations.


Ishmael Randall Weeks was born in Cusco, Perù  in 1976. He received a Bachelor's of Art degree from Bard College, graduating  in 2000 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. 


Weeks has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions including ones at: Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016; Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2016; Casa Ronald, Monumental Callao, Peru, 2016; C.C.U Tlatelolco, Tlatelolco, Mexico, 2016; Bakehouse Art Company (BAC), Miami, FL, USA, 2016; Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2016; Contemporary Art Museum, Lima, Peru, 2016; UTEC – University of Technology and Engineering, Lima, Peru, 2016; Revolver Gallery, Lima, Peru, 2016; PARC, Lima, Perù, 2015; Revolver Monumental, Callao, Peru, 2015; Centro Cultural Britanico, Lima, Peru, 2015;Peana Projects, New York, 2015; Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY, USA, 2015; Domingo, Lima, Perú, 2015; Florida Atlantic University Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, USA, 2015; Revolver Gallery, Lima, Perú, 2014; Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, 2014; Arróniz Arte Contemporàneo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2014; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru, 2014; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA, 2014; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA, 2014; Drawing Center, New York , NY, USA, 2013; Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York, NY, USA, 2013; PARC, Lima, Perú (2013); Panorámica Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico DF, 2013; Christinger De Mayo Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 2013; CIFO art space, Miami, FL, USA, 2013; Galeria Nuble, Santander, España, 2013; Colección Contemporánea del Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Perù, 2013; Museo Banco de la Republica Bogota, Colombia, 2013; Invisible Exports Gallery, New York, 2013; Galeria Herman Kruger Espantoso, ICPNA, Lima, 2013; MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy, 2012; Museo del Relave, Cerro de Pasco, Perú, 2012; AMIL space, Lima, Perù, 2012; Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid, 2012; Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy, 2010; Arróniz Arte Contemporàneo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2010; La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru, 2010; Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru, 2010.


His work has been shown in several museums in Peru and internationally, including the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern of Art, UK; MoMA P.S.1, New York; the Contemporary Art Museum, Lima; CCEBA, Buenos Aires; The Drawing Center, New York; The Lima Art Museum (MALI); MACRO Museum, Rome; The National Museum, Lima; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museo del Banco de La Republica, Colombia; The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy; The Drawing Room, London; Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; the Bronx Museum, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work has also been included in the 10th Havana Biennial, the 9th Cuenca Biennial, the 6th S files Biennial at the Museo del Barrio, and as part of Dublin Contemporary at the National Gallery of Ireland. 


He has received numerous fellowships, residencies, and awards from a range of institutions, including most recently the MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; NYFA, New York; Art Matters, New York; Kiosko, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and La Curtiduria art center in Oaxaca, Mexico. Randall Weeks is represented by Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo Mexico City, and Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru.


His work is in several public collections including: Lima Art Museum (MALI); JUMEX Collection, Mexico City; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA); Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo (MACRO), Rome; Madeira Corporate Services Collection, Portugal; Albright-Knox Gallery, New York; Deutsche Bank Collection, London; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Florida; LARA Asiaciti Trust Group, Singapore; Mario Testino Art Foundation (MATE), Venice; SPACE Collection, California and The Perez Collection, Florida. 


Weeks currently lives and works between  Brooklyn, NY and Lima, Peru.