For NADA Miami 2018 Simone DeSousa Gallery is pleased to present the works of Michael Luchs and Kylie Lockwood. Separated by nearly five decades, Luchs and Lockwood have a fundamental connection to Detroit. Luchs received his MFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1968, and was a pivotal artist in the Cass Corridor era, the first avant-garde movement to form in the city. His work was recently seen in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Lockwood was born in Detroit, and returned to the city after getting her MFA at Hunter College, New York, in 2010.
For both artists, the making of an artwork is a performance, or even a ritual. Their relationship to material is intimate, and untethered to perfecting the materiality’s capability. Luchs and Lockwood each produce their own idiosyncratic language guided by an internal logic.
While the material processes are central to Michael Luchs’ artwork, he resists virtuosity. Conventions are replaced with an astute psychological language of marks and gestures that exploits the raw, the awkward, the careless. Here and there, flashes of precision, grace, and subtlety heighten the emotional effects of aggressive gestures.
In Kylie Lockwood’s work the process of making sculpture has become a way to ask questions about the object’s true identity and essence. Her metal and ceramic works are able to imbue objects of contemporary life with the aura of deep, historical time, and often force us to look at things in different and surprising ways by upsetting or transforming the conventional relationship between inside and outside of the body.
Both Luchs and Lockwood are producing relevant work to the context of their time, that also present a timeless quality. Simone DeSousa Gallery is excited to present these two works in a combined setting that heightens the experience of their complementary qualities and distinct manifestations.