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Emil Lukas

American, b. 1964

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Emil Lukas

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American, b. 1964

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Emil Lukas experiments with new approaches to painting—one highly controlled, the other almost totally determined by chance. In his “Thread” paintings, Lukas creates images that appear to glow, stretching fine, colored threads over the edges of canvases until a form takes shape in the negative space at the center. “I don’t work out the color in advance. I start with one, say yellow, and react with a color that’s not yellow,” he has said. “You go with it—it’s very much like jazz, and I don’t really bother trying to explain it once I’m done.” In his “Larvae” paintings, larvae are dipped in ink, placed on a canvas, and encouraged to roam around, leaving squiggly lines in their wake. The canvases are often layered, with thin washes of paint in between, adding depth and color to the tangled lines. Lukas also creates etchings and screenprints derived from the same themes, which play with gesture and ideas of diffusion.

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Emil Lukas experiments with new approaches to painting—one highly controlled, the other almost totally determined by chance. In his “Thread” paintings, Lukas creates images that appear to glow, stretching fine, colored threads over the edges of canvases until a form takes shape in the negative space at the center. “I don’t work out the color in advance. I start with one, say yellow, and react with a color that’s not yellow,” he has said. “You go with it—it’s very much like jazz, and I don’t really bother trying to explain it once I’m done.” In his “Larvae” paintings, larvae are dipped in ink, placed on a canvas, and encouraged to roam around, leaving squiggly lines in their wake. The canvases are often layered, with thin washes of paint in between, adding depth and color to the tangled lines. Lukas also creates etchings and screenprints derived from the same themes, which play with gesture and ideas of diffusion.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MASS MoCA
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
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The Pursuit of Superhuman Randomness: How Emil Lukas Elevates the Everyday to the Otherworldly
Oct 29th, 2014
The Pursuit of Superhuman Randomness: How Emil Lukas Elevates the Everyday to the Otherworldly
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