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grid of four thread paintings

Glimpse of Opacity, 2019

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1964, Emil Lukas has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Solo museum shows include “Emil Lukas: Connection to the Curious” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2005); “Emil Lukas” at The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC (2005); “Things with Wings,” The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2005); and “Moderate Climate and the Bitter Bison” at the Hunterdon Museum, Hunterdon, NJ (2008). In 2016, a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Lukas’ work has been featured in group shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1995), Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (1996); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1998); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (1999); American Academy, Rome (2000); The Drawing Center, New York (2002); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2012-13). His work is in important private and public collections, including the Panza Collection, Italy; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Greece; the Anderson Collection at Stanford University; Baltimore Museum of Art; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; UBS Art Collection; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.

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Emil Lukas
Not on Another Planet, 2019
hand-ground Sumi ink with mixed media between wood and glass
seventy parts; 14 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches (35,6 x 27,9 x 4,4 cm) each
15 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches (38,4 x 30,8 x 4,4 cm) each frame
83 x 194 inches (210,8 x 492,8 cm) overall as installed
SW 20001

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Emil Lukas
the location of possible and impossible moves, 2018
ink, paper and thread under glass in painted wood frames
forty parts; 13 x 10 x 2 inches (33 x 25,4 x 5 cm) each frame
Martin Z. Margulies Collection

Emil Lukas
Soot Twin, 2019
hand-ground Sumi ink on glass with paper in painted wood frame
diptych; 14 x 11 inches (35,6 x 27,9 cm) each
15 1/8 x 23 1/4 x 2 inches (38,4 x 59,1 x 5,1 cm) frame
SW 19355

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grid of four thread paintings

Emil Lukas
Glimpse of Opacity, 2019
thread over painted wood frame with brass nails
four parts; 46 x 46 x 3 1/2 inches (116,8 x 116,8 x 8,3 cm) each
94 1/4 x 94 1/4 x 3 1 /4 inches (239,4 x 239,4 x 8,3 cm) overall as installed
SW 19042

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Emil Lukas
Inquiry of Even Expanse, 2019
thread over aluminum and wood frame with plaster, paint and nails
49 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches (125,7 x 125,7 x 15,6 cm)
SW 20006

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Emil Lukas
Weight of the Unseen, 2020
thread over aluminum and wood frame with plaster, paint and nails
59 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (151,1 x 151,1 x 19,7 cm)
SW 20012

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Emil Lukas
twin orbit south, 2018
thread over painted wood, aluminum and plaster frame
79 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 13 inches (201,9 x 201,9 x 33 cm)
SW 18147
Altman Family Collection

Emil Lukas
cluster, 2018
mixed media
77 x 16 x 16 inches (195,6 x 40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 18076

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Emil Lukas
Bent Array, 2015
mixed media
89 x 22 x 18 inches (226 x 56 x 76 cm)
SW 16217
Margulies Collection

Emil Lukas
central tug, 2015
mixed media
75 1/2 x 17 x 15 inches (191,77 x 43,18 x 38,1 cm)
SW 16218
Anderson Collection

painting of small colorful circles with black circles scattered throughout

Emil Lukas
Jump, 2018
paint on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 5 inches (116,8 x 116,8 x 12,7 cm)
SW 20037

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Emil Lukas
coral dispersion, 2016
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 6 inches (117 x 117 x 15 cm)
SW 16236
Hall Collection

large aluminum sculpture installed outdoors

Emil Lukas
liquid lens, 2016
aluminum
107 x 136 x 40 inches (271 x 345,5 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16241
Private Collection

Emil Lukas
Not on Another Planet, 2019
hand-ground Sumi ink with mixed media between wood and glass
seventy parts; 14 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches (35,6 x 27,9 x 4,4 cm) each
15 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches (38,4 x 30,8 x 4,4 cm) each frame
83 x 194 inches (210,8 x 492,8 cm) overall as installed
SW 20001

Emil Lukas
the location of possible and impossible moves, 2018
ink, paper and thread under glass in painted wood frames
forty parts; 13 x 10 x 2 inches (33 x 25,4 x 5 cm) each frame
Martin Z. Margulies Collection

Emil Lukas
Soot Twin, 2019
hand-ground Sumi ink on glass with paper in painted wood frame
diptych; 14 x 11 inches (35,6 x 27,9 cm) each
15 1/8 x 23 1/4 x 2 inches (38,4 x 59,1 x 5,1 cm) frame
SW 19355

grid of four thread paintings

Emil Lukas
Glimpse of Opacity, 2019
thread over painted wood frame with brass nails
four parts; 46 x 46 x 3 1/2 inches (116,8 x 116,8 x 8,3 cm) each
94 1/4 x 94 1/4 x 3 1 /4 inches (239,4 x 239,4 x 8,3 cm) overall as installed
SW 19042

Emil Lukas
Inquiry of Even Expanse, 2019
thread over aluminum and wood frame with plaster, paint and nails
49 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches (125,7 x 125,7 x 15,6 cm)
SW 20006

Emil Lukas
Weight of the Unseen, 2020
thread over aluminum and wood frame with plaster, paint and nails
59 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (151,1 x 151,1 x 19,7 cm)
SW 20012

Emil Lukas
twin orbit south, 2018
thread over painted wood, aluminum and plaster frame
79 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 13 inches (201,9 x 201,9 x 33 cm)
SW 18147
Altman Family Collection

Emil Lukas
cluster, 2018
mixed media
77 x 16 x 16 inches (195,6 x 40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 18076

Emil Lukas
Bent Array, 2015
mixed media
89 x 22 x 18 inches (226 x 56 x 76 cm)
SW 16217
Margulies Collection

Emil Lukas
central tug, 2015
mixed media
75 1/2 x 17 x 15 inches (191,77 x 43,18 x 38,1 cm)
SW 16218
Anderson Collection

painting of small colorful circles with black circles scattered throughout

Emil Lukas
Jump, 2018
paint on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 5 inches (116,8 x 116,8 x 12,7 cm)
SW 20037

Emil Lukas
coral dispersion, 2016
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 6 inches (117 x 117 x 15 cm)
SW 16236
Hall Collection

large aluminum sculpture installed outdoors

Emil Lukas
liquid lens, 2016
aluminum
107 x 136 x 40 inches (271 x 345,5 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16241
Private Collection