Kristy Luck: giving something a name doesn't make it real

9 July - 13 August 2021

Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new oil-on-linen paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, Kristy Luck. Kristy Luck’s paintings are windows into psychological spaces where forms emerge from fluid gestures and rich colors.


Building upon sketches, Kristy Luck’s surreal landscapes evoke a subconscious understanding of space and objects. In her work, vibrant stippled passages sit against brushed lines and nuanced gradients. "Color as a narrative device can be incredibly elusive,” Luck writes. “Both the image and the emotional experience are guided by the color. It is nuanced and requires intimacy."


Luck’s most recent body of work contemplates a reoccurring, active figure. In some paintings, we see a crouching body surrounded by trees and fruit, whereas in others, the profile of a face whisks through the air like a ghost. "I think of it as revisiting the same place at a different time of day, or years later,” Luck says. “The color, the emphasis, the images, all shift and change - like music.”


Inspired by artists and writers like Carol Rama and Clarice Lispector, Kristy Luck's work addresses sensuality, imagination and memory. The imagery and patterns often echo historical depictions of women in melancholic or revelatory states. Utilizing motifs of space, color, light and design, Luck’s paintings shape a subtle pictorial field with an active surface, enabling a visual and emotional depth. There is a sense of presence in these works, but also one of absence, a feeling of things coming together, and breaking apart.


Kristy Luck (b. 1985, Woodstock, IL) received a BFA from Rockford University (Rockford, IL) and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); ODD ARK LA (Los Angeles, CA); Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA); and Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago, IL). Additionally, her work has been included in group shows at Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); Jacob’s West (Los Angeles, CA); 0-0LA (Los Angeles, CA); Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago, IL); A Public Space (Fishers Island, New York); and Projet Pangée (Montreal, Canada). Luck was awarded the Lighthouse Works Fellowship in 2017. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Artillery Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The Editorial Magazine, and Opening Ceremony. Luck lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Kristy Luck’s exhibition of new oil-on-linen paintings is on view at the gallery through August 13, 2021.


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