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Emil Lukas

John Post Lee Gallery

Emil Lukas’ medium is neither painting nor sculpture per se, but stratification. Though he may begin like a painter, with a surface, Emil Lukas compacts materials such as wood, glass, nails, rubber, oatmeal, motor oil, and paint into strata that encompass and surpass traditional modes of art-making. In Folded Collection, 1992, a large, rectangular piece of paper, placed on the floor, is divided into eight separate sections each of which undergoes a different transformative process: some are saturated, front and back, with painted abstractions, others are embroidered with needlepoint stitches that look like veins, one has a leaf sewn onto it. For Lukas, a surface is thus already a layer, something more than two-dimensional but not quite three (a fractal dimension). Folded Collection is not to be left lying on the floor—you pick it up like a map, fold it in half to create two strata, fold

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