Exhibition Description


Kathryn Brackett Luchs, Michael Luchs, and Robert Sestok
July 28 – August 18, 2018

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Simone DeSousa Gallery is pleased to present OFF THE PRESS, a special summer exhibition bringing together for the first time the print works of Cass Corridor artists Kathryn Brackett Luchs, Michael Luchs, and Robert Sestok. OFF THE PRESS presents unconventional print works created over more than two decades by the three artists, as a result of their unique relationships to printmaking and collaborations.

Kathryn Brackett Luchs’ practice has long consisted in the creation of large scale ‘hybrid’ works and installations that connect painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. Her investigations into graphically developed wood blocks as the art and the related large-scale prints, uniquely interpreted from the block, have held her continued interest over time. The block is printed by hand on the floor of her studio with a combined mindset of a painter and a printmaker. For OFF THE PRESS she is exhibiting one large block and a number of printed works interpreted from the single block on layered glassine papers that have been ‘washed’ in sumi ink.

Michael Luchs, working with Kathryn as the printer, has worked most traditionally with his images in intaglio, lithography, and woodcut. Luchs’ distinctive approach to the print work happens afterwards, when the artist will often directly draw and paint onto the prints, sometimes defacing the paper via punching holes (similarly to the process in his drawings and paintings), and sometimes preparing the papers with spray paint before the lithograph is pulled.

For OFF THE PRESS Robert Sestok is presenting his most recent print experiments. Sestok developed a 5-foot engraving on a copper plate, and interpreted each print uniquely via chine colle’ and mixed monoprint material entries. Technically, to print at this scale, traditional printing methods had to be redesigned in set up. Sestok used his truck as a press, as he drove over the Intaglio plate multiple times. The resulting print works, envisioned as individually interpreted energetic structural shapes, relate directly to Sestok’s work in sculpture and painting.


Born in Detroit Michigan, Kathryn Brackett Luchs moved to the Cultural Center in Detroit at an early age and began living, painting and filming experimental artists also creating in studios along what is now called the Detroit Cass Corridor.  Luchs began her formal education late, after developing a personal studio practice and being in group shows at The Detroit Institute of Arts and Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor 1963-1977 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Her early works in painting were chosen to represent Michigan in 1986-87 in The Contemporary Arts Center Biennial that traveled to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her continuing interest in studio experiments and development of large-scale hybrid works have received recognition and many awards that include The Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and The Ed Foundation Grant. Her knowledge, based in multiple studio approaches, has led to a rich teaching history at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design that began in 1992.

Michael Luchs (b. 1938, Portsmouth, OH, USA) was among the celebrated Detroit Cass Corridor painters and sculptors in the 1960s and 1970s. Luchs graduated from Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) in 1961, and attended the University of Michigan in 1964 before moving to Detroit, where he studied at Wayne State University (1966-68). Luchs’ work was featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor, 1963-1977, which took place in 1980, and also traveled to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and written up in Art in America as part of a major spread on the Detroit’s art scene. Michael Luchs has worked in rural settings for the last several years, and currently lives in Lewiston, Michigan, with his wife artist Kathryn Brackett Luchs. His work is part of several collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University James Duffy Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, as well as several private collections throughout the United States. He was recently part of the 2017 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in New York, where he was the recipient of the Academy’s 2017 Art and Purchase Award. Michael Luchs’ current solo exhibition Fictitious Character at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is on view through July 29, 2018.

Born in Detroit, Robert Sestok has been creating work since 1967. He has exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Cranbrook Museum of Art, at the Museum of Contemporary of Art Detroit (MOCAD), and Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York City), among others. In 2015, he opened City Sculpture Park, a public art space in Detroit exhibiting three decades of work. His work is held in numerous collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Museum of Art, and Wayne State University. Sestok is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is 2017 Kresge Visual Arts Fellow.