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Shana Lutker, a.k.a Public Opinion, 2017, leather, ink. From the series “Le ‘NEW’ Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists,” 2012–. Installation view. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Shana Lutker

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Shana Lutker, a.k.a Public Opinion, 2017, leather, ink. From the series “Le ‘NEW’ Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists,” 2012–. Installation view. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

On a low, mirrored tabletop reflecting the ceiling, Shana Lutker set out more than three hundred leather gloves that, despite their superficial anonymity, constitute something like a group portrait. Each glove in a.k.a. Public Opinion (all works 2017)—the fifth installment of her ongoing series “Le ‘NEW’ Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists,” begun in 2012—represents, in a winking metonymic sleight, a Los Angeles–based artist. The contributors sent Lutker a tracing of their nondominant hands, and Lutker then transformed the drawings’ contours into oversize gloves in an array of colors: light and brighter pink, sunny yellow, black, orange, and turquoise. Lutker has made her email address publicly available so that people might continue to reach out to her for inclusion in future iterations—the work’s appendages thus continually multiply in number,

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