This Autumn, Hauser & Wirth Somerset will present a significant body of early work by pioneering New York-based artist Lee Lozano (1930–1999). Created c. 1962, the paintings and drawings of this series use airplanes as a central image, and can be considered as examples of the artist’s exploration of creative energy in its purist form. Iris Müller-Westermann writes about the series as ‘Metaphors for a kind of thought energy—for ideas circulating, being heard and taken in, processed, produced, and sent out again. One could regard these airplane pictures as investigations of the raw material necessary for every sort of creative activity. After all, everything starts with an idea, including art.’ Lozano’s works from the 1960s are stylistically distinct, admired for their energy, confidence and physicality, whilst exploiting the boundaries between body and machine, eroticism and aggression, to powerful effect.
Press release courtesy Hauser & Wirth.