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Kathryn Brackett Luchs: Collision / Re-Vision

January 14 – February 18, 2023

Kathryn Brackett Luchs: 
Collision / Re-Vision

January 14 – February 18, 2023

Matéria is pleased to present Kathryn Brackett Luchs’ first solo exhibition in Detroit titled “Collision / Re-Vision.” The exhibition includes several recent large-scale works the artist calls “hybrids.”

Before starting her academic education, Brackett Luchs spent the late 60s and early 70s in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where she filmed and recorded artists and their practices. Over the last five decades, Brackett Luchs has explored the merging of traditional practices with her experimental multidisciplinary studio practice—which includes printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography—and her personal iconography.

Kathryn’s experimental forms negotiate with the limitations of the traditional print boundary, likening them to a vessel or container wherein a collision occurs. The result is a hybrid, a variant, or a self-described “new graphic state.”

In Collision / Re-Vision Brackett Luchs intends to unpack some of her hybrid experiments and her most current ‘resolutions.’   It is a bridge in time and a link to this present.

Born in Detroit Michigan, Kathryn Brackett Luchs moved to the Cultural Center in Detroit at an early age and began living, painting and filming experimental artists also creating in studios along what is called the Detroit Cass Corridor. Brackett Luchs received her MFA from the University of Michigan after developing a personal studio practice and being included in group shows. She was part of the group exhibition Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor 1963-1977 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in 1980. The exhibition was after presented at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Brackett Luchs’ early works in painting were chosen to represent Michigan in 1986-87 in the Contemporary Arts Center Biennial that traveled to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her continuing interest in studio experiments and development of large-scale hybrid works have received recognition and many awards that include The Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and The Ed Foundation Grant. Her knowledge, based in multiple studio approaches, has led to a rich teaching history at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design from 1992 through 2019.

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