None of This is Real
July 7, 2018 – Ongoing
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7 from 7-10pm
Through performance, installation, photographic documentation, and social practice, artist Lucas Murgida creates situations that allow audience members to experience very private moments in very public situations. Thematically, his projects address ideas of service, perception, liberation, privacy, power, and labor by utilizing his employment as research to inform his art practice. Having dissected his careers as a professional cabinetmaker, busboy, locksmith, and yoga-teacher, the artist utilizes the mundane aspects of human existence – such as furniture, locks, teachers, and service professionals – as raw material to craft artistic experiences. Murgida’s most recent research, working behind the scenes in the adult film industry, spawned an artistic investigation into the intimacy-of-the-self through the lens of judgment, privacy, commerce, privilege, and the utility of the body as a tool of labor.
As current Grand Central Art Center artist in residence, Murgida takes over the storefront gallery as a location of research and development of new ideas. It is a space for the open possibilities of discoveries through GCAC’s philosophy of listening, assisting and connecting, with the institution providing the artist as much freedom as possible, with no expectations required in terms of concrete outcome.