ClampArt is very pleased to announce “Joshua Lutz: Hesitating Beauty,” the artist’s second solo show at the gallery. The exhibition coincides with the release of Lutz’s monograph of the same title from Schilt Publishing (Hardcover, 96 pages, 9.5 x 6.7 inches, $35).
In “Hesitating Beauty,” Lutz breaks down the structure of the photograph as truth and challenges the traditional function of the medium in building narrative. The project is an intimate portrait of the artist’s mother unlike any other photographic model.
Blending family archives, interviews, and letters with his own photographic images, Lutz spins a seamless and strangely factual (yet unflinchingly fabricated) experience of a life and family consumed by mental illness. Rather than showing us what it looks like, “Hesitating Beauty” plays with our conceptions of reality to show us what it feels like to grapple with a family member’s retreat from lucidity.
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Joshua Lutz, Praying for the Mantis, 2011, Digital C-print, 40 x 30 inches; Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
More on Joshua Lutz (b. 1975)
Joshua Lutz is an artist and educator. His first book, Meadowlands, was followed by a solo show at ClampArt, New York City, in 2008. In 2010 Lutz was commissioned by Foam Museum to respond to the idea of borders within the city of Amsterdam. The resulting work was part of a museum exhibition at Stadsarchief, Amsterdam.
Lutz has been presented awards and fellowships including American Photography, Hudson Year, Tierney Fellowship, Communication Arts, PDN 30. Featured work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harper's. Television and radio interviews include National Public Radio, American Public Radio, and PBS. In 2011 Lutz founded Magical Thinking, a nonprofit arts education and publishing initiative. He is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program at Bard College/ICP, The International Center of Photography, and Pratt Institute.
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Education: Masters of Fine Arts, Bard College/ The International Center of Photography, New York City, 2005. Bachelors of Fine Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1997.
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(Image on top: Joshua Lutz, Whitestone Bridge , 2010, Digital C-print, 24 x 20 inches; Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City)