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.
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.
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.
Known as Miami’s premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week — the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries.
Durham Press will once again be participating in the fair with new and recent editions, as well as several older works by Beatriz Milhazes who is currently having a major retrospective at the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
Art Miami Pavilion | Midtown Miami – Wynwood
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Tuesday, December 2nd 5:30 – 10:00pm, VIP Preview
Wednesday, December 3rd – 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 4th – 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 5th – 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 6th – 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 7th – 11am – 6pm
Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole, For the Love of Gene Davis @ Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia opened May 13th – July 11th
Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Polly Apfelbaum was selected as the 2013 Tyler Distinguished Alumna. The annual program brings together Tyler’s alumni and its recent graduates, with a lecture, studio visits and a two-person exhibit at Temple Contemporary.
In Apfelbaum’s first lecture, she referenced Gene Davis’s work “Franklin’s Footpath” and how it had made an enormous impact on her as a young artist. The monumental mural of colorful stripes was painted on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1972 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sponsored by the museum’s Department of Urban Outreach. Apfelbaum and her collaborator, Dan Cole (BFA 2010), decided to use the piece, which carried so much history in the city, as the inspiration for their joint show.
The immersive installation covers the walls and floor. Apfelbaum created a striped wool rug, made by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico and wallpaper that followed the pattern up throughout the room. Guests are welcome to walk on the piece, preferably with striped socks! At the entrance to the show, neon signs direct visitors into the gallery where a pile of shoes are left in the corner in the wake of a colorful abyss that stretches out beyond. The space itself opens up into an almost futuristic dimension where the stripes resemble motion at top speed. The stretch of lines on the walls and floor invite visitors to float through to the adjacent room where Dan Cole’s band, Revedog, played a great set on the opening night amidst a poignant video installation. Cole created the music, video and exhibition poster using old photos of himself and Apfelbaum at the age of 21 with a backdrop of the iconic image from Time Magazine of Gene Davis painting the museum parkway.
The show runs through July 11th.
Click on the clip below for a short glimpse of the opening set:
New York | Downtown Fair
Durham Press just returned from the Downtown Fair in NY this past weekend and showcased Polly Apfelbaum’s vibrant monoprint from 2012 entitled Nirvana Park 1. The new satellite fair to Frieze, produced by Art Miami LLC, was well attended and received positive feedback for the inaugural year. Artnet News listed Durham Press as the best booth at the fair!
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…