Blipping up on our radar this month at Alex Zachary Peter Currie gallery—that slightly spooky duplex at 77th and Madison Avenue—is artist Lutz Bacher’s curiosity-prodding mixed-media work. Both the gallery and the show are worth checking out for a few reasons. Last December, gallery partner Zachary was included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” a list of the most influential young people in their respective fields. Zachary is an alum of downtown staple Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and ever since AZPC opened in 2010, his gallery has shown a strong roster of artists that have garnered some serious attention.
Lutz Bacher (not her real name) is aligned with the transgressive old guard; however, her work has been gaining some traction in the art world over the last few years with a solo show at PS1 in 2009, and head turners both at this year’s Whitney Biennial (“Pipe Organ,” 2009- 2011, in which a synth organ that plays itself is flanked by what appear to be missile shells), and at AZPC’s Independent Art Fair Booth. In this show, the odd-shaped space cradles California-based Bacher’s art perfectly; her work is a satisfying mix of the uncanny, the mystical and the everyday. And you can get into it. Literally. A room sized sand box stretches from inside the floor of the gallery into an outdoor courtyard, and viewers are invited in. We were also struck with how the show’s quiet minimal aesthetic sharply and smartly contrasts with her startling and bizarre mix of work at lutzbacher.com, which also deserves a visit.
Lutz Bacher at Alex Zachary Peter Currie will be on view through April 6th, 2012