LUBA LUKOVA GRAPHIC GUTS
December 4 - 21, 2014
Internationally recognized, New York based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most distinctive image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color and text to pinpoint essential themes of the human condition or to succinctly visualize social commentary, her art is undeniably powerful and thought provoking. Utilizing engaging composition and energetic contrasts, her distinctive style is powerful in its simplicity and vivid palette.
Lukova's work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Solo shows include UNESCO, Paris, DDD Gallery, Osaka, La MaMa Gallery, New York, and the Art Institute of Boston. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; Centre de la Gravure, La Louvière, Belgium; the Library of Congress; and the World Bank. Lukova’s work is currently on view at MoMA, New York and Denver Art Museum. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Social Justice portfolio, which has been exhibited around the world and has also gone viral on the Internet.
Lukova's mastery of turning a few lines into the complex and sublime will be shown at OPUS Project Space in an evocative collection of social commentary art. Transcending language, culture, and politics, the exhibit features passionate visual reactions to many of the pressing issues of our time. In the art of Lukova, less is more. More effect, more message, more expression; all while doing it with less. Most of her silk- screened prints are made with as few as two or three colors. The graphic elements are bold with few fine details but the intent is clear. Her messages reflect the human condition, fundamental fairness and justice. Yet while it is easy to focus solely on the messages of her provocative works, it is important to take a step back to appreciate the artistic merit in her simplicity. Her use of striking, metaphoric images gives the viewers art to not only appreciate visually but intellectually. “Graphic Guts” is also the name of Lukova’s new book to be released by Clay & Gold later this year.