When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Alex Lukas

Untitled  ink, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, silkscreen on paper  17" x 50"  2012

Untitled  ink, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, silkscreen on paper  25" x 72"  2012

Untitled  ink, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, silkscreen on paper  25" x 72"  2012

Untitled   8.75” x 12”  Ink, Acrylic and Silk Screen on Book Page  2012

from the show "Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Re-Assessment of our Modern Landscape" Curated by Cynthia Connolly   August - November, 2012, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Artists don't seem to have too much trouble acknowledging the reality of anthropogenic global climate change. Sometimes they seem to almost relish it. Distopias and apocalyptic visions are part and parcel of contemporary outlooks on our not so hopeful future. Let's hope that these catastrophic visions turn out to be merely warnings that help us stave off the worst possible outcomes. But what is it anyway about doomsday predictions that captivate and even entertain us so?

Alex Lukas' vision of the coming crisis is centered squarely on global warming and takes two main forms; Cityscapes either submerged by risen oceans or engulfed in noxious gases, or a panoramic view of a semi-submerged marshy heartland. The latter are wide sweeping vistas that capture the vastness of the desolation. The skies are never clear The only islands that rise above the waterlogged plains are the abutments of old overpasses now covered with clinging weeds and punctuated here and there by the skeletal remains of paltry trees. Much of the exposed man made material is colored in brightly patterned graffiti as if during the gradual collapse, a kind of anarchic attempt at order was imposed upon the land by vigilante designers. Or perhaps they are the remnant designs of desperate advertisers trying to eke out every last man made space in pursuit of a vanishing market economy. It is the details and nuances of these panoramas that really make them come alive, if I can use that metaphor for what are essentially depictions of a dying world.

note: because of the format you may want to click on some of the images above to view them somewhat larger. The details really matter.

More of Alex Lukas' work including installations and print/design work can be seen on the artist's website: www.alexlukas.com
Many paintings that are not on the artist's website can be seen at: stevenzevitasgallery.com/alex-lukas

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