Durham Press is pleased to announce Emil Lukas’s solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York. The new works on view debut expansions of four series, including Stacks, Thread Paintings, Bubble-Wrap Paintings, and his newest work, Liquid Lens, an aluminum sculpture constructed from welded and calibrated aluminum tubes.
Liquid Lens is an interactive lens that breaks down the elements of seeing on a large scale. The curved shape of the sculpture is a “material manifestation of one-point perspective – the form of the piece mimics the way all lines converge at the vanishing point.” Many of Lukas’s new pieces are shape-shifters, changing in appearance depending on light and view point. “In a weird way, I consider these paintings, because they’re a warped surface that been manipulated and altered to create this event,” Lukas says.
Durham Press would like to congratulate Emil Lukas on his solo exhibition currently on view at (PAFA) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA’s exhibition of Emil Lukas’s thread paintings, as well as a brand-new sculptural work is on public view for the first time at Morris Gallery. The featured sculpture represents a new and exciting direction for Lukas’s work.
“Lukas creates radiant fields of atmospheric color by criss-crossing layers of thread over a shallow wooden tray. He builds the voids at the center of these pieces through the improvisational selection of compatible and contrasting colors. It is only upon close examination that the viewer comprehends that Lukas is creating these optical wonders with thread.” Lukas’s large scale sculpture also creates a optical illusion that disorients the way the eyes comprehend three-dimensional form. Large Lens is interactive and creates an optical event for the viewer.
“The work in the show is a balance between opportunity and restraint,” Lukas explains. “To create opportunity you have to have rules, you have to have restraints: physical forces, optical forces, conceptual forces.”
Polly Apfelbaum is also part of the group show Three Graces at Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. The show embraces the creative aspects of ancient mythology through the artists’ contemporary works. Apfelbaum’s textiles will join Tony Feher’s installations and Carrie Moyer’s paintings.
For pricing and availability on Polly and Emil’s prints, please contact
Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]
Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2015 IFPDA Print Fair Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 8th with an Opening Night Preview Wednesday, November 4th. The fair will be held at the Park Avenue Armory located on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th streets in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Durham Press will be exhibiting at The London Original Print Fair Thursday, April 23 through Sunday April 26, 2015. The LOPF is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary as London’s longest running Art Fair. Featuring all periods of printmaking, this intimate fair is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. The fair will be hosted at The Royal Academy of Arts located in Central London.
Bubble-Up | 2013, Portfolio of 2 etchings and 7 screenprints, 23 3/4 x 17 inches each, ed. 35
Durham Press is pleased to announceBubble-up, a new portfolio of prints by Emil Lukas. The portfolio consists of two etchings and seven screenprints, each measuring 22 3/4 by 17 inches. The nine prints are presented in a portfolio box and are published in an edition of 35.In Bubble-up, Lukas both recreates and re-imagines the unconventional materials and methods–including thread, larvae, bubble wrap and glass–of his acclaimed paintings and sculptures. The artist organized the prints in a three-by-three grid to give the overall composition of dots, lines, and other marks an upward and effervescent movement.Within this grid, two screen prints reference Lukas’s thread paintings, which he creates by stretching layers of threads across wooden frames. Taut, colorful lines crisscross Hum, and vertical strings accumulate into a dense mass in Curtain. Anatomy documents the wandering of larvae and ink on glass. By printing screens of the larvae’s marks, as well as several flat washes of transparent ink, the print achieves an opacity and depth similar to that of Lukas’s larvae paintings.The remaining prints in Bubble-up allude to Lukas’s distinct painting techniques while also exploring new mark-making possibilities through printmaking processes. In three additional screenprints, Lukas again used thread to produce images, but he broke away from his typical unbending lines. He created a variety of compositions, from the structured undulations of Curve to the more free-form entanglements of Blood and Release. Glass unexpectedly reinterprets an aspect of Lukas’s larvae work. Instead of exposing glass marked with ink, the screenprint subtly reveals the gentle variations in tone caused by overlapping his vacant substrate. The artist used bubble wrap to create soft ground etchings for Detail and Orb. Though they recall his bubble-wrap-cast paintings, Lukas composed the prints to highlight the individual textures and crumpled lines within each circle, or “bubble,” of the seemingly uniform utilitarian material. As with glass, thread or larvae, Lukas’s ability to accentuate the particularity of the everyday pervades this portfolio.
Art in Print wrote a wonderful review of Bubble-up in the January/February 2014 publication, click here to read the article in full. Emil has been working with Durham Press since 2001. Bubble-up is sold as a set or as individual prints, for more information please contact Durham Press.
For a behind the scenes look at Emil’s work and process in the studio, here is a great video produced by Blouin:
Emil Lukas was here this month making monoprints, which we have just released. The prints are called Larva, Bubble and Thread, and are sold as groupings or as individual prints.
Lukas creates the “Larva” imagery using actual live larvae, which he manipulates to create patterns. These patterns are then transferred on to silkscreens, which are layered one on top of the other to make the final prints.
The “Bubble” prints take their cue from actual bubble wrap. The familiar size and shape are burned into an etching plate and then hand inked with different colors, so no two prints are alike.
Lukas’ “Thread Paintings”, made from colored thread wound around frames, are very similar to the these “Thread” prints, which are made from a myriad of silkscreens.
Durham Press is pleased to pass on an article featuring artist Emil Lukas in this month’s issue of Elle Decor. Both painter and sculptor, Lukas explores and implements an array of materials into his works. Click on the image below to discover what Lukas is creating in his Stockertown, PA studio…
Emil Lukas, Center Hum East & West, 2011, Screenprints, 37 1/2 x 29 inches (each), edition of 25
Emil Lukas is exhibiting a large sculpture at SEVEN from April 28-May 20th. SEVEN is holding its first New York exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at The Boiler (191 N. 14th Street, Brooklyn). The exhibition features major installations, paintings and sculptures. Ermenegildo Zenga commissioned Lukas to create several new thread paintings to celebrate their Passion for Silk event. The paintings are currently on view in the Zenga flagship store in New York, they will remain in New York until May 9th when they will travel to the Beverly Hills store.
Emil Lukas, Skin, Heat shrink plastic, approx. 16 x 14 feet