It is rare to see a coffee mug smile, but this one positively beams, its lips done up in poison green. Above, something equally unexpected protrudes: the fleshy bulk of an erect penis, emerging from the glossy white of the vessel. #Bodyparts tangle with #inanimateobject to form a bizarre, unsettling #hybrid. Such #juxtapositions abound in the work of the American artist #LeeLozano (1930-99). The same mug with the same lips returns in another #painting, only this time the mouth is agape, there are #crucifixes on the mug’s “head” and the penis punches out like the nose of some porcelain Pinocchio.
This exhibition @hauserwirth London, #c1962, collects 27 pieces from Lozano’s early series of #oilpaintings. Each piece is untitled and diminutive in size. In shape, they range from squares to frieze-like panels. Some are painted on wood, some on canvas and some on plywood, and many are roughly bounded with a thick wooden frame. #Review online now @studio.international