The exhibition of “Klaus Lutz: Selected Stories” is quite a sight to behold. The under-recognized, Lutz, a Swiss-born artist who lived in a small one-bedroom East Village apartment from 1993 until his death in 2009, created an intense body of work, including a pseudo World’s Fair pavilion of scientific-looking turn of the century balloon structures and 16mm short films reminiscent of George Méliès’ early experimental movies. Even the positioning of the balloons (which are the convex screens for the films), as well as the thin-legged stands for the reel projectors, are old school and appear like early twentieth century industrial mechanization. In the pitch black installation, Lutz’s free standing objects could easily be pushed over if one were inclined, giving it a non-overproduced feel as if just placed there because people at the early World’s Fair respected newfound objects like these.
Photo: Klaus Lutz, Film still from “Field of Powder”, c. 1993. Photographed by the artist from 16mm film projection. Color photograph.