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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Lucas Samaras: Album 2 at PACE

Image above:  © Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1550 - PLACEBO 97, 2015. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

 

New York—Pace presented on May 1st a new exhibition of work by Lucas Samaras featuring 700 photographs and a mirrored room installation. The exhibition will be on view from May 2 to June 27, 2015, at 510 West 25th Street.

To accompany the exhibition, Pace published a catalogue featuring a new text by the artist in addition to an app, available on iOS, with all of the images in the exhibition.

XYZ 1754 XYZ 1819Images above: © Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1550 - PLACEBO 97, 2015. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

 

Samaras continues his exploration of manipulated images and identity with 700 digitally altered images that will sit on a shelf lining the longest lengths of the gallery. Comprised mostly of self-portraits, the photographs reflect the artist’s unrelenting self-inquiry. Among the recent self-portraits, Samaras has interspersed personal family photographs with childhood images of himself, transforming the project into a personal archive and a biographical inquiry.

XYZ 1804© Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1550 - PLACEBO 97, 2015. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

 

The manipulations of the photographs refer back to the rainbow-tinged Auto-Polaroids Samaras began in the 1960s and his Photo-Transformations of the 1970s. Using a range of techniques from filters to mirroring and doubling. Samara's manipulations form visual metaphors for the psychological probing and self-investigation that appears throughout the artist's oeuvre. The filters and changes that characterize this massive body of images also refer to his Proto-Photoshop works of the 1980s and digital videos in the 200s, constituting something of an archive of previus techniquest.

XYZ 1796© Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1550 - PLACEBO 97, 2015. Courtesy Pace Gallery

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