Estrid Lutz French, b. 1989
Estrid Lutz is a French artist born 1989 living and working in Puerto Escondido - Oaxaca Mexico. Lutz’s earliest artistic works could be seen as violent explorations of the surfaces where human interaction with non-human occurs, and effect takes place. All artworks embody her reoccurring interest in the concepts of the natural and the technological, often finding emotional or empathetic connections as well as physical touch-points between the two.
In 2018, Lutz was included in Crash Test: the molecular turn at La Panacée, Montpellier, curated by the esteemed curator Nicolas Bourriaud, known for his work with relational aesthetics. The exhibition text stated: “The art of the 2010s seems to have integrated the notion of the Anthropocene, which designates an era dominated by human activities and their impact on the planet.”
Crash Test: the molecular turn, a title inspired by Lutz’s work, identified her as an artist as moving past binary dichotomies of ‘real’ and ‘digital’, ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, and aligned her with established contemporaries including Alice Channer, Roger Hiorns, and Artie Vierkant. However Lutz also sees things the other way around, she explores not only our post-digital condition through an anthropogenic lens but how much of human technology is informed by nature. Her use of aluminum honeycomb, a material commonly used for the construction of satellites is an obvious example.
Since 2018, Lutz has lived and worked in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico where she found the perfect environment to develop her work in by observing the rough natural environment of Zicatela, one of the most dangerous surf beaches in the world.
In Puerto Escondido, Lutz has continued her research into biological organisms and ecosystems, and how humans and their technological materials are inspired by, interact with, and have an effect on these. Several experiments have had a direct relationship with the waves and beach: A hands-on approach that tests the boundaries of what’s possible.
Explorations include being flown over the waves and between whirlwinds in an Ultralight Aircraft to drop drawings and flowers into the ocean, having artworks taken out to sea on her behalf and documented in the pipelines, and burying the edges of large lenticular, photo-luminescent, and sun-sensitive works in the sand.
Lutz’s practice embodies the blurring of dichotomies, investigating the interactions between the human-technological (science, polystyrene, aircraft) on the one hand, and the forces of nature on the other (pipelines, whirlwinds, animals) with sensitivity to emotional communication. In face of something more powerful than us, what is the significance of dropping flowers into giant waves?
During the pandemic, with the beach closed and few tourists, Lutz witnessed Puerto Escondido become a place for the non-human again. Turtles and crocodiles came back in abundance, hundreds covered the sand that for decades has been a place dominated by towels, sun-blocked bodies, and plastic toys in varied shapes and sizes.
In her work, Estrid continues to question the empathetic relationship, gratitude, and respect for the non-human that we have the capacity for while embracing our fantastical drive for technological advancement. She acknowledges wholeness or inclusion inherent to our deep interconnectedness while not ‘returning to nature’, rather including it in progressive, expansive development.
Human NatureGroup Exhibition 16 Oct - 27 Nov 2021Culture can perhaps be defined as that which does not emerge or grow by itself but needs a helping hand. Paradoxically, there is nothing that comes more natural to humans...
u space debrisEstrid Lutz at CFALive Milan 9 - 30 Sep 2021According to a recent study by NASA, 27.000 pieces of space debris are currently orbiting the earth. The large majority of these objects are human-made, but they fly around and...
Pipelines MashupsSolo Exhibition by Estrid Lutz 12 Dec 2020 - 17 Jan 2021“Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.' – Paul Dirac, Nobel Prize for Physics 1933 The creative relationship between artist and object could be seen as...
CFAlive Milano 2021'u space debris' Solo exhibition by Estrid Lutz 9 - 30 Sep 2021Estrid Lutz showcases a new line of work in Conceptual Fine Arts Gallery, located on Via Gioacchino Rossini, 3, 20122 Milano MI, Italy. Opening Thursday...
Art Rotterdam 2021Victor Delestre, Tom Volkaert, Serban Ionescu, Nicolas Holiber, Marria Pratts, Jordy Kerwick, Jacopo Pagin, Estrid Lutz, Dittmar Viane, Daan Gielis 1 - 4 Jul 2021Everyday Gallery was thrilled to present for the second time at Art Rotterdam 2021 (Booth 18 in the Main Section). Showcasing an eclectic mix of...
Kendra Jayne - Patrick Gallery, New York City & Basel (Solo show)
U SPACE DEBRIS - CFA Alive, Milano (Solo show)
StreamWeavers - la Trinidad, Oaxaca City (Solo show)
Subsurfaces-seabeds - DoubleV Gallery, Marseille (Solo show)
Jardins Partagés - Magasins Généraux, Paris (Solo show)
Pipelines Mashup - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp (Solo show)
Dreamsongs - Colnaghi Gallery London
Street Trash: l’effet spécial de la sculpture - Marseille
Friche Belle de Mai
Moco - La Panacée, Montpelier (Solo show)
The Body of Tears (Solo show)
XYXX010101000 Galeria Curro, Guadalajara
Biotechnosphere - Tranan Copenhagen
Swamp Horses - Spirit Vessel, Espinavessa
Unsupported Message Format - Galerie Valeria Cetaro, Paris
Transnatura - Galerie 22,48m2 Paris
Ants and Elephants - Kunstverein Arnsberg (Solo show)
Toxins - Future Gallery, Berlin (Solo show)
Should I resist? - Jelato Love, Palma de Mallorca (Solo show)
Hash Through - Kunstverein (Solo show)
Arnsberg - Arnsberg (Solo show)
Crash Test - La révolution moléculaire - La Panacée, Montpellier
The Retinal Afterglow - Future Gallery, Berlin (Solo show)
Hard to explain - Future Gallery, Berlin
Narcose - Galerie H.L.M., Marseille
Afterbirth of a Dream - Meetfactory, Praha
Felicità - Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris
The Composing Rooms - Project Space, Berlin (Solo show)
From Transhuman to South Perspective - Rowing Projects London
Dog piss protection board - Beijing
Everything You Need To Bring Bathrooms To A Shine - Galerie Deborah Bowmann, Brussels
It has never been so fluo - Supermarket Gallery, Budapest
The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, Muséo del Chopo
An extra collision - Arge/Kunst, Bolzano
Adobe Climax - PostNorma, Amsterdam
COOL as a State of Mind - MAMO, Cité Radieuse Le Corbusier, Marseilles
HyperSalon Miami - Postmasters Gallery
Fondations Lafayette Paris - produced by Transfer Gallery & Xpo Gallery, Miami
a Sip of Cool - Oracular / Vernacular, La GAD, Marseille
VNGRAVITY2 - Gallery Online, Mexico City
Try to forget - Rat Factory Gallery, Los Angeles