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Mirka Lugosi's "Datura Park" at Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Montpellier

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© Mirka Lugosi, coloured pencil on paper, 58 x 78 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

I assume that life is pretty sweet when your surname is Lugosi. If in addition, you possess some kickass graphite, ink, gouache and shading skills, you might really be Bela's granddaughter.

Muse to the great Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi has clearly taken some of his approaches and motives on board but made up her very own distinctive language of visual storytelling.

Blending together a rather Helmut Newtonesque understanding of the female body, a love affair with Bellmeresque legscapes and Ruppertesque hair tornados, a ritualistic naivety and playful alchemy reminiscent of Marcel Dzama, she entraps us in a weirdly ravaged and thorny Jurassic landscape with phallic plants and rock formations, masochistically detailled anatomies, écorché dresses, gothic shrouds like Daniel Rabel was still walking amongst us and tight catsuits à la Les Vampires.

I know that all sounds pretty kaotic, but that's how it is, and I think if I had to summarise what Mirka's art is all about, I would tell you to go have a look at one of her earlier series, La Malaise Enchanté from 2002/03.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 43 x 31 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

According to the French press release, her show Datura Park features 20 recent and slightly older drawings and one installation piece:

"DATURA PARK propose un parcours en vingt dessins et une installation. Les paysages fétiches de l’artiste, l’évocation de la plante hallucinogène puissante et très toxique, parfois utilisée en fleur d’ornement sont au coeur de cette exposition."

For further reading, Mirka has some great books on offer on her own site - plus, you can also get her 80/90 book from the amazing Timeless Shop.

The show opened its doors earlier this month and will remain on view until shortly before Christmas.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and pigment ink on paper, 67 x 52 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 6 - Dec 23, 2011

Address: Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Hôtel Baudon de Mauny, 1 rue carbonnerie, F-34000 Montpellier, France, tel: +33(0) 6 8658 2562, email: info@leschantiersboitenoire.com

Hours: Wed - Sat: 3.30 - 7 PM

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Mirka Lugosi at Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France says:

    [...] posted an introduction to Mirka Lugosi‘s work only back in October when she was showing or work in Montpellier and well, she’s already having another exhibition [...]

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