Curated by: Michael Morris
Attila Richard Lukacs / Polaroids / Michael Morris showcases over 600 Polaroid photographs by Vancouver painter Attila Richard Lukacs produced over the past twenty years as referents for paintings, assembled and collaged by Vancouver Island artist Michael Morris. Utilizing the unique characteristics of the Polaroid medium, Lukacs’ painter’s sensibility is evident in the photograph’s rich hues, deep chiaroscuro, romantic sensuality and graphic immediacy. Building on these strengths, Morris employs simple thematic and organizational schemas to create vibrant Polaroid grids, uncovering an archeology of Lukacs’ work and relationships through a formal link to his own Colour Bar Research project of the early 1970s.
Collected representations of males are, still, rarely located outside the idioms and arenas of fashion and pornography, and infrequently transcend these delineations. Together, “Male” and Polaroids provoke important questions about our culture’ s continuing negotiation of images of men, while offering an extraordinary view onto the subject of the male form.
Catalogue co-published by Arsenal Pupl Press, Art Gallery of Alberta and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, accompanies the exhibition and includes text by Michael Turner, Scott Watson, Stan Persky and interviews with Attila Lukacs.