Joshua Lutz: Hesitating Beauty

Joshua Lutz: Hesitating Beauty

praying for the mantis by joshua lutz

Joshua Lutz

Praying for the Mantis, 2011

hesitating beauty by joshua lutz

Joshua Lutz

Hesitating Beauty, 2012

the coming insurrection by joshua lutz

Joshua Lutz

The Coming Insurrection, 2012

jeudi 11 avril 2013samedi 18 mai 2013

New York, NY USA

Artist’s reception: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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 (Hard-cover, 96 pages, 9.5 x 6.7 inches, $40).

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 photo-graphic 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.

Joshua Lutz writes: “Holding on so tightly to what I believed was sanity and being consumed by fear of depression and schizophrenia prevented me from being fully present to my mother’s reality. The past few years, as she slipped away from the aggressive paranoia and depression of my youth to an almost calming sense of delusion, made it much easier for me to rid the anger that veiled my life and to attempt to find a place of empathy and compassion as I managed her care. In making this work and simultaneously falling deeper into her psychosis, I tried to imagine a time when the past, present and future collided; a place where the weight of memory is heavier than reality.”

For more information please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or visit the gallery’s website at ClampArt is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.