Lucas Samaras

Photographs, sculptures and objects are central to Samaras work. In Photo-transformations, the artist constantly reinvents himself by using the polaroid technique in order to stage and reconstitute a great variety of imagined or fantasized identities. His apartment has thus been transformed into a stage where he explores narcissistically his body and embraces many different roles. The polaroid camera has enabled him to treat chemicals like paint and consequently to manipulate the image before it was fixed. His creative use of the new photographic medium anticipated Photoshop by some 15 years.

His sculptures enjoy a dual status as both objects of use and praxis and as vessels of spirit and meaning. In his sculptures, diverse materials, objects and contexts overlap. This technique results in the creation of various layers that, when juxtaposed, acquire a larger meaning which contributes to the creation of a new identity of the object.