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Lucas Samaras



 

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936) is an American photographer known for his artistic distortions and mutilations of his self-image to create "Photo-Transformations".

Samaras was born in Kastoria, Greece. He studied at Rutgers University on a scholarship, where he met Allan Kaprow and George Segal. He participated in Kaprow's "Happenings," and posed for Segal's plastic sculptures.  Claes Oldenberg, whose Happenings he also participated in, later referred to Samaras as one of the "New Jersey school," which also included Kaprow, Segal, George Brecht, Robert Whitman, Robert Watts, Geoffrey Hendricks and Roy Lichtenstein. Samaras previously worked in painting, sculpture, and performance art, before beginning work in photography.

Samaras' early work was composed of objects such as straight pins, twine, glitter, and nails collected in boxes, which suggested personal fetish objects. He subsequently constructed room environments that contained elements from his own personal history. His "Auto-Interviews" were a series of text works that were "self-investigatory" interviews. The primary subject of his photographic work is his own self-image, generally distorted and mutilated. He has worked with multi-media collages, and by manipulating the wet dyes in Polaroid photographic film to create what he calls "Photo-Transformations.



 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformatio


 


Box #35


 


Studio Workbench 2


 


Interior 20


 


Photofictions Conflict 23


 


Photofictions Sunset Bouquet 1


 


Photofictions Orchid 44


 


Couch Potato 7


 


Evening Bouquet 4


 


Clump Box with Utensils #43


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Untitled aluminum foil and colored glass


 


Box


 


Mirrored Room


 


Box #61


 


Untitled


 


Untitled


 


Untitled


 


Untitled


 


Large Drawing #45


 


Auto Polaroid


 


Panorama. February 23


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Still Life


 


Sitting


 


Head #178


 


Head #12


 


Head #31


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Photo-Transformation


 


Untitled
1974


 


Chair Transformation Number 20B


 


Winged man with head on knee


 


Winged woman with three arms


 


Stiff Box No.12

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