Lux unveils 13th residency season with a focus on inclusivity
The Lux Art Institute has lined up a diverse range of artists for its 13th residency program, which starts in September and runs through next July.
“I think we have a history of bringing in really great artists. Now we are trying to be much more inclusive about who we are choosing and what they are representing,” said Andrew Ütt, the institute’s new executive director.
Founded in 1998, the Encinitas-based nonprofit organization hosts artists from around the world to give visitors a chance to observe the creative process. The upcoming season’s artists “all have relevant conversations in what’s happening in the contemporary art world,” said Guusje Sanders, the museum’s assistant curator.
The topics range from equality, justice, LGBTQ rights and female empowerment to environmental awareness, the body, spirituality and community building.
The following artists are scheduled for Season 13:
Fabiola Jean-Louis, in studio and on exhibit Sept. 7 through Nov. 2: The Haitian-born artist dresses up black models in Victorian paper gowns and then creates painterly photographs. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Jean-Louis’ work touches on race, class, violence and oppression. A big part of her practice is creating the paper gowns, which she will be working on during her residency.
Judy Tuwaletstiwa, in studio Nov. 16 to Dec. 14, on exhibit through Jan. 11: Language and storytelling are a big part of Tuwaletstiwa’s practice, which focuses on healing. The artist, who lives Galisteo, New Mexico, works with clay and glass to create stories that build understanding, deal with trauma and find beauty. She will be working in clay at Lux.
Chiachio & Giannone, in studio starting Jan. 25, on exhibit through March 21: Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone are Argentinian artists who live and work together, creating embroidery and textile pieces that celebrate the Latin-American LGBTQ community. Their work, which is often humorous, focuses on the changing concept of family with imaginative depictions of themselves and their dogs.
Kahn & Selesnick, in studio starting April 4, on exhibit through May 30: Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick make fanciful stories through photography and installation. The two, who are based in New York state, started collaborating on photographic collages long before Photoshop. Their work, which includes sets and costumes, mixes the past, present and future, along with the utopian and dystopian, to create mythologies across time that are often exaggerated to the absurd.
Cammie Staros, in studio June 13 to July 11, on exhibit through Aug. 1, 2020: The Los Angeles-based artist creates playful vessels inspired by Greco-Roman artifacts that explore how Western art history has shaped our conversations. The hand-built ceramic objects are mixed with industrial materials and anthropomorphized, sometimes lounging or peeking through blinds. By giving her vessels human qualities, Staros introduces narrative on gender roles, desire and violence.
“What’s so great about this season is the diversity and the conversation they are bringing,” Sanders said. “There’s a lot happening with each artist.”
The institute will be stepping up efforts to engage the community, not only with the artists’ work but with their messages, through panel discussions and workshops. “We’re so excited we get to do this here in Encinitas,” Sanders said.
The Lux’s Artist Pavilion, 1550 S. Camino Real, Encinitas, is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are requested. For more information, visit luxartinstitute.org or call (760) 436-6611.
Schimitschek is a freelance writer.
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