San Francisco

Lucas Michael

Jessica Silverman Gallery

Sexual compulsion is a primary subject of Lucas Michael’s solo exhibition at Silverman Gallery, but the most graphic elements on view are literally numerals. Specifically, starkly presented combinations of “3688” and “321”—which, if you’re in the know (or just ask the gallery sitter) are identifiable as street addresses for the Slammer, a gay sex club with locations in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. These stark, sans-serif typeface numbers signify the availability of anonymous sex. Michael renders 3688, for example, as soft, though not droopy, black cotton sculptures, with a layer of shiny vinyl dripping down their sides. Titled Foursome, 2009, these dark figures displayed in the gallery windows are the LA address, scrambled and slightly skewed, as though engaged in an earnest orgy.

With drawings, sculpture, and video, Michael squeezes his subject through artistic, cinematic,

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