Attila Richard Lukacs: Polaroids

29 April – 25 June 2011

Gallery 2

Attila Richard Lukacs, Untitled, 1990; Polaroids, 20,5 × 20,5 cm; 8 × 8 in.
Attila Richard Lukacs, Untitled, 1990; Polaroids, 20,5 × 20,5 cm; 8 × 8 in.
  • Untitled
											8 x 8 in. (unframed)
											4 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											12 x 8 in.
											6 Polaroids
  • Christof Tea House
											1991
											12 x 12.2 in.
  • Stephan
											1991
											15.9 x 12.2 in.
											Polaroid
  • Alex for Glamour Crew
											1993
											15.9 x 12.2 in.
											Polaroid
  • Phil
											1999
											16 x 16 in.
											16 Polaroids
  • untitled
											2005
											17 x 25.5 in.
											24 Polaroids
  • untitled
											1999
											17.2 x 17.4 in.
											16 Polaroids
  • untitled
											1995
											32.5 x 28.7 in.
											20 Polaroids
  • untitled
											2002
											28.5 x 24.6 in.
											12 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											36 Polaroids
  • Cam Banff
											1990
											8 x 7.8 in.
											4 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											1987
											7.8 x 8 in.
											4 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											2005
											20 x 16 in.
											20 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											1990
											8 x 8 in. (unframed)
											4 Polaroids
  • Phil
											1998
											16 x 16 in.
											16 Polaroids
  • Stephan & Marek
											1991
											16 x 16 in.
											16 Polaroids
  • Peter Pennartz
											1993
											20 x 16 in.
											20 Polaroids
  • Stephan
											1990
											16 x 12 in.
											12 Polaroids
  • Stephan
											1991
											16 x 12 in.
											12 Polaroids
  • Stephan & Stefan
											1990
											16 x 12 in.
											12 Polaroids
  • Study for Christof, T-House
											20 x 12 in.
											15 Polaroids
  • Ted
											1997
											16 x 16.5 in.
											16 Polaroids
  • Ted for Castor and Pollux
											20 x 16 in.
											20 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											2002
											20 x 16 in.
											20 Polaroids
  • Untitled
											24 Polaroids

The exhibition Polaroids by Attila Richard Lukacs displays pictures that for the most part were created in Berlin where the artist lived from 1986 until his move to New York in 1996. His participation at Documenta IX in 1992 certainly marked a highlight of these years. The polaroids show young men with tattoos, shaved heads and sometimes props or attributes that suggest for them to be members of a gay skinhead scene. The poses of the pictured models range from classic portrait postures and the figure repertoire of Goya or Caravaggio to explicit pornographic poses. The polaroids were initially conceived as preparatory studies for paintings. They rank in the tradition of early representatives of homoerotic photography, such as Wilhelm von Gloeden’s work, that mostly referred to the esthetic canon from Greek Classic art to Neo-Classicism. Lukacs plays with violence and danger as part of the erotic game that no later than Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s or Pasolini’s tragic ends have become part of the iconography of homoerotic depictions. Lukacs Polaroids were introduced by his good friend, the Canadian artist Michael Morris as an independent body of work. Attila Richard Lukacs (*1962, Calgary, Canada) studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, the city where he lives and works today.