The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”. This time we are sharing about Sharon Lockhart, exhibitied under the section “Masks and Other Fictions”!
Sharon Lockhart’s work focuses on the ability of photography and film to alter our perception of everyday reality. The installation consists of four photographs that present four different points of view of the Hyperrealist sculpture Lunch Break (1989) by Duane Hanson that portrays a group of builders during their lunch break. A closer look, however, reveals that two of them are actually real figures, people of flesh and blood. In actual fact the two characters are members of the museum staff installing the sculptural group. Transforming them into ‘living sculptures’ in Hanson’s Hyperrealist scene, the artist creates a situation in which life imitates art imitating life, in a twist that tests the beholder’s perception.
(b. 1964, Norwood, Massachusetts, US) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Working with communities to make films, photographs, and installations that are both visually compelling and socially engaged, Lockhart’s practice involves collaborations that unfold over extended periods of time. Celebrated for her highly conceptual yet effortlessly elegant work, Lockhart’s practice often involves architectural elements, extensive periods of research, and longterm relationships with her subjects and collaborators.
Lockhart has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout her career, including those at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, PT (2017); Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, US (2016); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, CH (2015); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2014); CCA Warsaw – Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (2013); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US (2012); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, IL (2011); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US (2011); Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, DE (2008), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, PT (2006); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US (2006. She has been included in the biennials of Liverpool, GB (2014), Shanghai, CN (2014), Sydney, AU (2006), and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US (2004, 2000, 1997). For the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, Lockhart and her multifaceted project Little Review were selected to represent Poland.
Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition. Stay tuned!