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Shana Lutker

Pérez Art Museum Miami

“Again Against, A Foot, A Back, A Wall” is the third stage of Shana Lutker’s ongoing project “The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists.” Since 2012, Los Angeles-based Shana Lutker has been researching the Surrealist movement. The Surrealists explored the unconscious mind and creative expressions that were tied to the irrational. They were also, as revealed by Lutker’s research, prone to physical, public fights incited by intellectual arguments and personal slights. Growing out of the artist’s previous work focused on psychoanalysis, “The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists” (2012-), presents a subjective meditation on these strange episodes of art history and Lutker’s research into them.

Lutker, who initially encountered these disruptions reading the biography of André Breton, has identified eight fights that she is investigating in “chapters” that consist of sculptural installations and performances. So far, she has realized two chapters: one that explored a brawl from 1923 and one that explored an eruptive 1926 protest. The third chapter represents Lutker’s associations to a fight that broke out at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris on May 29, 1925 when the Surrealists interrupted a lecture on literature. Lutker’s installation, which in part responds to the architecture of the museum’s auditorium space, presents uncanny and poetic objects that create a dreamlike abstract vision of the event. Through September 27, 2015.

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