kurimanzutto is pleased to present the first solo
exhibition at the gallery by British artist Sarah
Lucas. T his is Lucas’ second exhibition in Mexico,
after having shown NUDS at the Museo Diego
Rivera Anahuacalli in 2012.
The artist’s work is characterized by irreverent
humor and the creation of visual puns and vulgar
euphemisms referring to sex, death and identity.
Nodding to the gallery's geography, the exhibition
includes two exquisite corpses made of
cigarettes depicting Frida Kahlo and Diego
Rivera, intervened replicas of Prehispanic coyote
sculptures, a tracing of a drawing by the Russian-
Mexican painter Vlady, through which Lucas
makes notable references to her relationship
with Mexican culture since her first visit to the
country. The works that Lucas presents here are
in continuity with the experiences that she has
cultivated with local friends and collaborators.
Lucas’ practice is based primarily on sculpture,
installation, and photography, and involves diverse
materials that span from carved stone, to resin
moulds, eggs, as well as food and beer cans, to
mention only a few. The artist uses cigarettes as
a recurring artistic motif, symbolizing a central
habit in her life that, while self-destructive, gives
her a space for reflection, or as the artist says,
“a tangible way of taking her time”.
This commentary on self-destruction and time
gains relevance with her piece EPITAPH BLAH
BLAH, 2018: a wrecked car adorned with waves of
cigarettes. These cigarettes are transformed
into a character with a palpable violence that is
unsettling. Throughout the exhibition Lucas plays
with everyday objects to create a fraught
affirmation of their existence.
In the series RED SKY (2018) the artist is
photographed in defiant poses as a searching
game of her own personality, which is at the
same time present and veiled by cigarette smoke.
DAME ZERO evokes a harsh view of human reality
closely related to Lucas’ perception of the body
and its vulnerability. This group of works seeks to
question the way in which we understand and
relate to inherent aspects of the human
experience, such as sexuality, sickness, and death,
as well as culture, and the symbols that make it
Sarah Lucas wants to thank all her friends.