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Lucas Michael After Hours HD Video
Being Bree (video stills)
2010
HD Video
TRT: 12:47

"(art) as a reenactment of nature in process, achieved by projective empathy and psycho-physiological spontaneity, rather than an imitation of life in stasis"
-Ekbert Faas, Towards a New American Poetics, Essays and Interviews.

A video re-enactment of the scenes in the 1970 film Klute, where Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) discusses with her analyst (Vivian Nathan) her need to prostitute herself vis-à-vis her foundering art practice as a model and an actress. Questioning the relation between the nature of compulsion, control and creativity, in Being Bree I transcribe the scenes, originally improvised, and deliver them as if they were my own, becoming both analyst and analysand, merging male and female.

Camera: Mariah Garnett
Lucas Michael After Hours C print triptych
Wish You Were Here
2009
C print triptych
72.5 x 48.5 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Charcoal on paper and graphite on paper
The Found and The Lost Night
2008
Charcoal on paper and graphite on paper
54 x 77 in. each
Lucas Michael After Hours Graphite and charcoal on paper, pencil and charcoal on paper
The Deep Type, The Dawning
2008
Graphite and charcoal on paper, pencil and charcoal on paper
42 x 55 in. each
Lucas Michael After Hours Foam, cotton and liquid rubber
Threesome
2009
Foam, cotton and liquid rubber
Dimensions vary
Lucas Michael After Hours Foam, cotton and liquid rubber
Foursome
2009
Foam, cotton and liquid rubber
Dimensions vary
Lucas Michael After Hours Two way mirror, redwood, tacks and chromed hardware
Glory Hole
2010
Two way mirror, redwood, tacks and chromed hardware
84 x 43 x 84 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Silver plated steel, stand, found S/M gear and used Magicubes
The Sweet Smell of Success
2007-2009
Silver plated steel, stand, found S/M gear and used Magicubes
66 x39 x 36 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Two way mirror, redwood, tacks and chromed hardware
Glory Hole
2010
Two way mirror, redwood, tacks and chromed hardware
84 x 43 x 84 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Installation shot
Threesome, Milk, Foursome
Installation shot
Lucas Michael After Hours Graphite and Charcoal on paper
Controlled Chaos
2010
Graphite and Charcoal on paper
36 x 48 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Graphite and charcoal on paper
Mise-en-scène
2010
Graphite and charcoal on paper
36 x 48 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours Graphite and charcoal on paper
Through a Glass Darkly
2010
Graphite and charcoal on paper
36 x 48 in.
Lucas Michael After Hours
Artforum print review
September, 2010
Lucas Michael After Hours
Artforum, 500 Words
June 2010
After Hours
June 11- July 17, 2010 
 
Silverman Gallery is pleased to present After Hours, an exhibition of new work by Lucas Michael on view from June 11 – July 17, 2010.
The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery includes large-scale graphite and charcoal drawings, a single channel video installation, a series of soft sculptures, a large sculptural object constructed from one way mirror and a selection of text based drawings.
Combined, these varied objects offer a subtle play of signs that invite a game of decoding and revelation. Coordinates to unspecified locations, cryptic groupings of numbers are just some of the partial indices that reference everything from the artist’s studio, to gay cruising grounds and sex clubs. Through these juxtapositions, Michael seduces the viewer into a series of liminal spaces that blur the boundary between public and private, physical and psychic. Imbricating questions of process with the vicissitudes of desire, the body of work ultimately advances an ongoing meditation on the coding of bodies, both artistic and carnal. Along the way, Michael explores questions of compulsion, narcissism and longing that open onto a broader conversation with semiotics and the erotics of aesthetics.
 

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