Catalogue for the exhibition 5 is a different 1 by Réne Luckhardt at Galerie Bernd Kugler (Innsbruck / AUT). (Opening June 14th, 2018. 6 pm)
Luckhardt’s paintings are the artistic approach to a photograph of underground icon Marjorie Cameron (1922-1995). The Californian actress, visual artist, poet and occultist was and is the enigmatic protagonist of a counterculture whose influence can still be felt today. Luckhardt’s paintings dissect the black-and-white photograph of hers into innumerable variants. Inconspicuous details oft he photograph are transformed into painterly-graphic compositions in their own right and, in a surprising twist, rearranged in a sculptural and discursive way. The title 5 is a different 1 summarizes such an approach in the form of a slogan.
The work is inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop position Marilyn of a modern icon. From an almost void and ante-chamber of imagery, it is contrasted with this model of an angel of a very different kind. As a consequence it carries neither the name Marjorie, nor Cameron – what enters the stage is at best: Marjolyn.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a short essay by Andreas L. Hofbauer in a limited edition of 150 copies. Artist and author will be present at the opening.