Dr. Lakra

September 27–December 15, 2018 West Gallery
Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A frontal view of three identically sized collages installed in a row. All of the works take found portrait images and are altered with different images. Both the figures in works on the left and right both look like the layers underneath the skin have been revealed and the figure in the middle has plants coming out of her eye sockets.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Four collages on two walls: one on the left and three on the right. There are two more collages visible through the entrance between the two walls. All of the works feature portraits which have been altered using different images.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages identically sized are installed on three walls in a uniform row: four on the left wall, three on the back, and two on the right. In the center of the room there is a vitrine that displays three additional collages.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages installed uniformly in a row along two walls and a vitrine in the center of the room. There are seven works on the right wall and two on the left.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of the vitrine, which has three identically sized lithographs which still have protective covering attached on the right side and opened like a book.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A close up view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), an altered 19th century portrait in which the figure whose face has been manipulated sits at a desk with a quill and ink, small plant, a compass, and protractor on the left side while holding up a mold. The face is barely recognizable, and is altered with organic shapes of different texture, resembling tumors of sorts. 

Dr. Lakra

Untitled (El Renacimiento),

2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography

11.81 × 8.66 in.

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Mathieu Orfila wearing a green vest, a white shirt and matching neckerchief. The face is altered with leaves sticking out from various places on head and face. The leaves collaged on both of his eyes and right nostril looks as if they are coming out of the eyes and nose. There are two leaves coming out from his hair on the right side of his head, and one from his right ear. Behind the figure are two shelves with books on them. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Orfila" in all caps, and to the right is "R. Marti P10")

Dr. Lakra

Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014

Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography

11.81 × 8.66 in.

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of  Isaac Newton wearing a blue robe and a white shirt. He is sitting on a desk with a globe, telescope, and various books on top of it. There is a diagram of the internal skeleton and organs of the abdomen collaged onto where his face should be. There is also a single eye on top of the organs in the center of the face. There is also a small bundle of fruits collaged on the top of his head to the right and a bird sticking out from behind his right shoulder. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Isaac Newton" in all caps, and to the right is "J. Armet, P8")

Dr. Lakra

Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014

Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography

11.81 × 8.66 in.

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Paracelsus wearing a black robe sitting on a desk with a couple of plants, books, a snake, and a few glass bottles. There is another man's head looking to the right at a flying bee collaged onto where the subject's head should be.  There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Paracelso" in all caps, and to the right is "J. Armet, P16")

Dr. Lakra

Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014

Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography

11.81 × 8.66 in.

Press Release

White Columns is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the Oaxaca, Mexico-based artist Dr. Lakra (b. 1972, Mexico City). Dr. Lakra’s work has been exhibited widely over the past three decades, but rarely in New York: this exhibition will be only his second solo show in the city, following a 2011 project at The Drawing Center.

At White Columns, Dr. Lakra will present a previously unseen group of recent collage works. Throughout his practice, which fluidly embraces drawing, sculpture, collage and tattooing, Dr. Lakra has created a deeply personal, visionary language borne out of a collision of his prevailing interests in anthropology and popular culture, to create often deeply unsettling works that revel in taboos and myths.

Dr. Lakra is an obsessive collector of objects and all kinds of printed ephemera, a tendency that is evident here (and also in his extraordinary artist’s books). Dr. Lakra draws from this encyclopedic range of found materials and imagery to create his recent collages, which include fragments excised from comic books, vintage anatomy manuals, lifestyle magazines, and much more besides.

Starting with a found portrait image, typically sourced from a historical volume and of a notable male subject, Dr. Lakra subsequently subverts the original image’s intent – i.e. to celebrate and aggrandize its subject – through an often sardonic reconstruction (or de-construction) of the subject’s identity.

In these collages, Dr. Lakra invokes the ghosts of Arcimboldo, Dada and Surrealism whilst reverberating with the contemporaneous work of artists as different as John Stezaker, Linder Sterling and Frida Orupabo, among others, creating in turn new ‘portraits’ that walk a fine line between the comedic and the grotesque.

Dr. Lakra (b. 1972, Mexico City). Solo exhibitions include: Dr. Lakra, Akvarelle Museet, Skarhamm, Sweden (2015); Mexican Demons and Dancing Skeletons: Dr. Lakra in dialogue with Posada, Hostelbro Kunstmuseum, Hostelbro, Denmark (2012); Dr. Lakra, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico (2011);  Dr. Lakra, The Drawing Center, New York, United States (2011); Dr. Lakra, ICA, The Institue of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston (2010).

Dr. Lakra currently lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico.

This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with kurimanzutto, Mexico City. We would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone at the gallery for their help in bringing Dr. Lakra’s work to New York.

For information or images contact: info@whitecolumns.org

Event

An event between Dr. Lakra and Matthew Higgs.

November 29, 2018

White Columns
91 Horatio Street
New York, NY

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A frontal view of three identically sized collages installed in a row. All of the works take found portrait images and are altered with different images. Both the figures in works on the left and right both look like the layers underneath the skin have been revealed and the figure in the middle has plants coming out of her eye sockets.)
Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Four collages on two walls: one on the left and three on the right. There are two more collages visible through the entrance between the two walls. All of the works feature portraits which have been altered using different images.)
Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages identically sized are installed on three walls in a uniform row: four on the left wall, three on the back, and two on the right. In the center of the room there is a vitrine that displays three additional collages.)
Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages installed uniformly in a row along two walls and a vitrine in the center of the room. There are seven works on the right wall and two on the left.)
Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of the vitrine, which has three identically sized lithographs which still have protective covering attached on the right side and opened like a book.)
Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A close up view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), an altered 19th century portrait in which the figure whose face has been manipulated sits at a desk with a quill and ink, small plant, a compass, and protractor on the left side while holding up a mold. The face is barely recognizable, and is altered with organic shapes of different texture, resembling tumors of sorts. 
Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Mathieu Orfila wearing a green vest, a white shirt and matching neckerchief. The face is altered with leaves sticking out from various places on head and face. The leaves collaged on both of his eyes and right nostril looks as if they are coming out of the eyes and nose. There are two leaves coming out from his hair on the right side of his head, and one from his right ear. Behind the figure are two shelves with books on them. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Orfila" in all caps, and to the right is "R. Marti P10")
Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of  Isaac Newton wearing a blue robe and a white shirt. He is sitting on a desk with a globe, telescope, and various books on top of it. There is a diagram of the internal skeleton and organs of the abdomen collaged onto where his face should be. There is also a single eye on top of the organs in the center of the face. There is also a small bundle of fruits collaged on the top of his head to the right and a bird sticking out from behind his right shoulder. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Isaac Newton" in all caps, and to the right is "J. Armet, P8")
Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography11.81 x 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Paracelsus wearing a black robe sitting on a desk with a couple of plants, books, a snake, and a few glass bottles. There is another man's head looking to the right at a flying bee collaged onto where the subject's head should be.  There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is "J. Seix editor", in the middle is "Paracelso" in all caps, and to the right is "J. Armet, P16")

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A frontal view of three identically sized collages installed in a row. All of the works take found portrait images and are altered with different images. Both the figures in works on the left and right both look like the layers underneath the skin have been revealed and the figure in the middle has plants coming out of her eye sockets.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Four collages on two walls: one on the left and three on the right. There are two more collages visible through the entrance between the two walls. All of the works feature portraits which have been altered using different images.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages identically sized are installed on three walls in a uniform row: four on the left wall, three on the back, and two on the right. In the center of the room there is a vitrine that displays three additional collages.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (Nine collages installed uniformly in a row along two walls and a vitrine in the center of the room. There are seven works on the right wall and two on the left.)

Dr. Lakra, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of the vitrine, which has three identically sized lithographs which still have protective covering attached on the right side and opened like a book.)

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 × 8.66 in. (A close up view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), an altered 19th century portrait in which the figure whose face has been manipulated sits at a desk with a quill and ink, small plant, a compass, and protractor on the left side while holding up a mold. The face is barely recognizable, and is altered with collaged elements of organic shapes of different texture, resembling tumors of sorts.

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 × 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Mathieu Orfila wearing a green vest, a white shirt and matching neckerchief. The face is altered with leaves sticking out from various places on head and face. The leaves collaged on both of his eyes and right nostril looks as if they are coming out of the eyes and nose. There are two leaves coming out from his hair on the right side of his head, and one from his right ear. Behind the figure are two shelves with books on them. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is “J. Seix editor”, in the middle is “Orfila” in all caps, and to the right is “R. Marti P10”)

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography 11.81 × 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of  Isaac Newton wearing a blue robe and a white shirt. He is sitting on a desk with a globe, telescope, and various books on top of it. There is a diagram of the internal skeleton and organs of the abdomen collaged onto where his face should be. There is also a single eye on top of the organs in the center of the face. There is also a small bundle of fruits collaged on the top of his head to the right and a bird sticking out from behind his right shoulder. There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is “J. Seix editor”, in the middle is “Isaac Newton” in all caps, and to the right is “J. Armet, P8”)

Dr. Lakra Untitled (El Renacimiento), 2013-2014 Ink, pigments and collage on nineteenth century lithography11.81 × 8.66 in. (A frontal view of Untitled (El Renacimiento), a manipulated portrait of Paracelsus wearing a black robe sitting on a desk with a couple of plants, books, a snake, and a few glass bottles. There is another man’s head looking to the right at a flying bee collaged onto where the subject’s head should be.  There are three separate texts underneath the image: to the left is “J. Seix editor”, in the middle is “Paracelso” in all caps, and to the right is “J. Armet, P16”)