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Lukas Geronimas
October 14—December 12, 2021

This is a color photograph of five artworks by Lukas Geronimas. On the left in the foreground is the sculpture Puzzlemaster, which is a sculpture of a dark grey seated figure on a wood pedestal placed on top of a dolly. To the right of this work is the sculpture Custom Hung Valance, which is a sculpture constructed of wooden racks and stretched muslin resembling a Gothic-style window. To the right of this work on a perpendicular wall in the background is the artwork Custom Vent, which is hung sculpture made of muslin and plywood resembling a vent on a wall. On the far right in the middle ground is the sculpture Barnsdall Column, which is constructed in nine segments with four multi-paneled and colored wood components in the shape of a cross and five ten-sided prisms made of a custom resurfaced plexiglass in a dark grey-black color. The cross pieces are modeled after the LAMAG's unique column design. Along the perimeter of the floor and walls of this installation is another artwork titled Puzzledust, which is sawdust that was produced, collected and stored by the artist over the past two years.

Lukas Geronimas, installation view, courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery presents the first institutional solo exhibition in Los Angeles by artist Lukas Geronimas. 

 

The exhibition will feature a series of new sculptural works, commissioned especially for the gallery that borrow from ritualistic objects or spaces wherein rituals take place. This includes works described by Geronimas as a column, a tomb and a signet. Custom Hung Valance is a series of wooden racks that support pointed Gothic-style frames made of polished aluminum, stretched muslin, and tinted plywood which mimic a clerestory, a reference to the gallery’s church-like floor plan. Puzzlemaster combines elements from an array of devotional figures such as the nemes headcloth and ceremonial beard of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the seated “pose of royal ease” of Dharmic idol, the multiple arms included in depictions of hindu deities, and the heroic proportion and musculature portrayed in renderings of Greek and Roman gods.

 

Invoking traditions both ancient and sacred, these works evoke the auratic status of revered objects and spaces. Geronimas plays with the conventional power dynamic that has historically been established between architecture, works of art and the viewer, inviting us to consider the alchemical process by which inanimate things come to be imbued with spiritual significance.  While the artist adopts a critical stance toward object-worship, he still prizes craftsmanship and he spends many hours engaged in the production of his sculptures, deeply attuned to his materials. Rejecting the increasingly outsourced nature of art fabrication, the artist both embraces and queries traditional notions of authorship and artistic genius.

 

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Special thank you to the Los Angeles Public Library for their generous support and time in developing this virtual tour.

Lukas Geronimas, installation view, 2021. courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane

This is a color photograph of two artworks by Lukas Geronimas. The artwork is placed on the floor in a small room and can be seen through an open doorway. The artwork shown in the photo is Airy Copy Lane Chest, a sculptural work with a dimly lit, smoked-plexiglass base containing the elements that failed to be included in the finished version of the object atop the base. The object on top of the base are four tiers of hand-built webbing with puzzle pieces, framed in aluminum and plexiglass and dust. In the foreground in the larger attached room and along the perimeter of the floor and walls is another artwork titled Puzzledust, which is sawdust that was produced, collected and stored by the artist over the past two years

Lukas Geronimas, Airy Copy Lane Chest, plexiglass, wood, aluminum, wax, dust, found puzzle pieces, clay, fasteners and adhesives, 17 x 41 x 26 inches, 2019. courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane

This is a color photograph of two artworks by Lukas Geronimas. In the foreground is the sculpture entitled Mayfair Column Remainder, which is depicted at a slight angle. It has been placed on the floor, centered in the room. It consists of a rectangular black platform with four black posts in each corner. Centered on the platform is a rectangular column on its side, made of transparent plexiglass containing a railroad tie, which is a rectangular piece of wood. It is illuminated with an LED light. In the background to the right of the sculpture and along the perimeter of the floor and walls of this installation is another artwork titled Puzzledust, which is sawdust that was produced, collected and stored by the artist over the past two years.

Lukas Geronimas, Mayfair Column Remainder, plexiglass, aluminum, wood, steel, LED light, 31 x 57 x 33 inches, 2020. courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane

This is a color photograph of two artworks by Lukas Geronimas. In the foreground to the right and featured at a slight angled view is a sculpture entitled Custom T, composed of two rectangular pieces of wood with one mounted perpendicular on top of the other to form the shape of a T. The wooden T is mounted to a black octagonal plexiglass base. In the background and along the perimeter of the floor and walls is another artwork titled Puzzledust, which is sawdust that was produced, collected and stored by the artist over the past two years.

Lukas Geronimas, Custom T, wood, aluminum, plexiglass, magnets, ink, graphite powder, 33 x 35 x 12 inches, 2020. courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane

This is a color photograph of an artwork by Lukas Geronimas. The photograph depicts the sculptural work, Barnsdall Column. This work is constructed in nine segments, with four multi-paneled and colored wood components in the shape of a cross and five ten-sided prisms made of a custom resurfaced plexiglass in a dark grey-black color. The cross pieces are modeled after the LAMAG's unique column design. Placed on the floor along the wall is Puzzledust, which is sawdust that was produced, collected and stored by the artist over the past two years.

Lukas Geronimas, Barnsdall Column, plexiglass, wood, aluminum, steel, 100 x 21 x 21 inches, 2021. photo: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Lukas Geronimas (b. 1980 in Toronto, Canada, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA). Select solo exhibitions include Seminal Echo, 247365, New York, NY (2016), Lukas Geronimas LIVE from the Landing, the Landing, Los Angeles, CA (2016) and Greatest Show on Rearth, David Petersen, Minneapolis, MN (2015). Select group exhibitions include Strange Attractors: the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art, organized by Bob Nickas at Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2017), Commodus Operandi, Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, IL (2016), Continuous Surfaces, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY (2015), Three Cups Fragrance, Bodega, New York, NY (2014), Two and a Half Men, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Ontario (2014), and Particular Pictures, Suzanne Geiss Company, New York, NY (2014).