Alex Lukas and Brian Willmont present new work in their two-person exhibition at Park Life in San Francisco opening on May 9th. Both artists are members of Philadelphia’s Space 1026 artist collective.
Alex Lukas paints contemporary landscapes depicting moments of disaster and destruction as seen from a distance. He collects his imagery from various sources, including the mainstream media and blockbuster films, which pump out threatening messages on a daily basis. All paintings include an element of unease and anxiety, familiar feelings in a post-9/11 atmosphere. He works with a variety of materials, combining watercolor, ink, spray paint, acrylic, and enamel on paper, creating a dynamic textural as well as emotional effect. In addition to painting, Lukas runs a small ‘zine publishing company called Cantab Publishing. He began making ‘zines in 5th grade when he created his first Xerox comic and continued throughout highschool and college. Lukas attended the Rhode Island School of Design and has previously exhibited at White Walls in San Francisco and Galleri Loyal in Sweden.
Brian Willmont describes the new American folktale in his Technicolor paintings that are tarnished with traces of American History, Pre-Renaissance and Persian miniature painting, as well as dreamscapes and the fantastic. Willmont received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2007 and has previously exhibited at LaMontagne Gallery and the Mills Gallery.