Born in Montreal in 1964, Lack graduated in Psychology from McGill University, later completing his MFA in sculpture at the University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Leaving his hometown behind, he moved to the States and has been living for many years in Salem, NY. He also has a studio in Manhattan.
The venue may have changed, but not Lack's penchant for urban culture and in particular car culture. No wonder south of the border was such a pull. His nostalgic look at 1950s Americana is depicted in what may be called a neo-expressionist style, marked by vibrant palette and bold composition. The glossy, bright cars in his paintings, and the neat suburban homes, cover up an underlying social unease; the works meant to "seduce the viewer into the beauty of the image world and then reveal the threat."
Part of the exciting East Village art scene of the 80s, Lack created alongside such famous artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and Keith Haring, but his style remained uniquely his own, as did his subject matter.
Honey-Get the Phone is an exhibition of Lack's most recent paintings and works on paper, showcasing his continued fascination with suburban architecture and cityscapes, cars notwithstanding. The lines are fluid, the colours, often soft and blurry, defy the drama in some of the compositions. Solitary figures roam at dusk, an overturned chair in an empty corridor speaks of conflict, an empty overpass disappears into endless space.
Moody and colourful, Lack's works are contemporary and pertinent, a visual commentary on a bygone era of the American culture, with echoes in the present day.

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Lusso Ferrari, 2017,
oil on canvas, 30.5 x 50.8 cm

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From Amtrak, 2017,
oil on board,20.32 x 45.72 cm

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Still Alive, 2017,
oil on canvas, 30.48 x 22.86 cm

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Collect Call from Jail,
2017, oil on panel, 22.9 x 48.2 cm

 

STEPHEN LACK

Honey - Get the Phone

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
410-372 St Catherine St W
Montreal, QC
larochejoncas.com

On until February 24 2018