After Hours

June 11-July 17, 2010

Silverman Gallery is pleased to present After Hours, an exhibition of new work by Lucas Michael on view from June 11 – July 17, 2010.

The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery includes large-scale graphite and charcoal drawings, a single channel video installation, a series of soft sculptures, a large sculptural object constructed from one way mirror and a selection of text based drawings.

Combined, these varied objects offer a subtle play of signs that invite a game of decoding and revelation. Coordinates to unspecified locations, cryptic groupings of numbers are just some of the partial indices that reference everything from the artist’s studio, to gay cruising grounds and sex clubs. Through these juxtapositions, Michael seduces the viewer into a series of liminal spaces that blur the boundary between public and private, physical and psychic. Imbricating questions of process with the vicissitudes of desire, the body of work ultimately advances an ongoing meditation on the coding of bodies, both artistic and carnal. Along the way, Michael explores questions of compulsion, narcissism and longing that open onto a broader conversation with semiotics and the erotics of aesthetics.

A native of Argentina, Lucas Michael received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited and screened at numerous galleries, museums, and international festivals, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles; Apexart, NY; S.M.A.K.Museum, Gent, Belgium; White Columns, NY and Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires. His performance piece No, u didn’t was performed at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Off Screen series. Lucas Michael’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art In America and Frieze. He is co-founder and co-director of Artist Curated Projects (ACP), an artist-run exhibition space. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.