Guerrero Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Alex Lukas. Recontextualizing the familiar American landscape, Lukas’ highly detailed works on paper examine a possible future of destruction and violence, coupled with rebirth and a quiet sense of optimism. These drawings contrast the contemporary reality of post-industrial cities with fictitious portrayals of an impending end-time. Lukas’ work refers to 19th-century grand depictions of the American landscape – where the land we inhabit was a place ripe for discovery questioning the premise of strength and promise inherent in that tradition.
Filled with allusions to habitation, Lukas examines how we commemorate our experience of place and the way we communicate outside the digital realm. By declining to answer the pressing question of “What happened?” his images remain devoid of a clear narrative and instead ask viewers to reflect on their own experience, values and concept of loss and re-growth.
Lukas’ installation at Guerrero Gallery includes several new diazotypes, unique photocopies and offset lithographs – all recently or almost antiquated methods of reproductions – alongside drawings, as a means to question traditional depictions of time and narrative, specifically past versus future. This continues Lukas’ practice of incorporating printmaking techniques intended for producing multiples into unique works.
This is Alex Lukas’ third exhibition with Guerrero Gallery. Previous solo exhibitions include Steven Zevitas in Boston, Massachusetts, and Telefon Til Chefen (TTC) Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as in group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Arlington and Lima, Peru. He has lectured at The Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Kansas and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, AS220 and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (upcoming). His work has been acquired both in private and public collections including the The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the West Collection, Fidelity Investments and The Progressive Collection. Lukas received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Guerrero Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition in the Project Room featuring a collection of new works by Richard Colman. Through drawings and paintings, Colman uses his own characters to create complex compositions which seem to focus on the tension between nature and civilization.
The human and animal characters Colman uses may be nude or dressed, and interact specifically with each other, images of nature, and objects of civilization. These characters and objects connect with patterns, structures, and color spectrums, often creating compositions which appear continuous and ever-changing. Drawing on the unpredictability of patterns in nature, hierarchies, and totems, Colman illustrates what might be a reminder that nature is chaos and our ancestry is animal.
Born in 1976, Richard Colman grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. In 2002, he graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and began exhibiting extensively and internationally in both solo and group shows. In 2006, Ginko Press released a book cataloging his work titled I Was Just Leaving. Currently based in San Francisco, Coleman’s recent exhibitions include Destroyer with Andrew Schoultz at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto and To Be Announced at Copenhagen’s V1 Gallery.