Sam Lubicz and Lou Beach - #11
Saturday, April 19th from 6 to 10 PM
Dem Passwords is pleased to present "#11," a show of collage artworks by Sam Lubicz and Lou Beach. "#11" is a survey of recent creations by master collagist Lou Beach and his protege, son Sam Lubicz. The title refers to the #11 X-Acto blades the pair use in their work.
In this collection of over twenty-five framed pieces and a set of upsized wall-clings, the Beach/Lubicz axis presents a peculiar universe of fantastic characters and comical associations rendered in a style the Lubicz clan has turned into a generational pursuit.
Sam's enthusiastic adoption of his father's techniques has established, along with his sister Alpha's work, a family method that approaches painting with paper and glue. Leveraging the randomness provided by their vintage starting materials and producing with an "art is work" approach to image making, Beach creates collages that take a decidedly narrative tone and structure while Lubicz's pieces ring more musical and exuberant. Beach's collages are mostly figurative, mini narratives whose titles echo his work as a fiction writer while Lubicz's output is inflected by his ongoing work as a member of the 333 Boyz music production team.
Hitting notes ranging from Monty Python to Hannah Hoch and with a psychic indebtedness to the Blues and sample-based electronic music, the family's work is advancing the spirit of West Coast rebel image making Beach has championed and succeeded in interfacing broadly with the mainstream consciousness across 4 decades. Few have taken collage this far and still fewer have the craftsman chops and compositional instinct Beach has honed and now passed on to Sam. Beach is creating work in what is certainly the most exciting phase of his personal practice and Sam's embrace of his father's stylistic legacy and practical encouragement that his dad return to the physical realm of cutting and pasting in 2006 after nearly a decade of almost exclusive digital production is taking the Lubicz family collage legacy into dynastic territory.
This is Beach and Lubicz's third show in cahoots. Beach has exhibited works at galleries including Billy Shire Fine Arts, OffRamp in Pasadena and Adventureland in Chicago and with Sam at galleries including La Luz De Jesus and Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank.