Last Spring I did a post for Gaycondo about design duo LucyandBart (Lucy McRae and Bart Hess) whose art explores what they refer to as “future human shapes”. The pair takes photographs of themselves wearing home-made low tech prosthetics. These simply constructed garments drastically alters the human silhouette in ways that frequently fall into the gray area between whimsy and disgust.
Below are two new-ish portraits by the artists. They are not actually new (both are from last Fall), but they are both new to me. Unfortunately they are also the only new pieces LucyandBart have put up for view since early last year! Hopefully the pair intend to continue the collaboration. Incidentally, this set of images includes the first image featuring both artists together (as one body). Whether or not this is an omen of LucyandBart’s deepening connection and permanence as a duo is yet to be seen.
In my opinion, these are two of the most promising artists I have been exposed to in recent memory. While the idea of costumed, postmodern, self-portrait photography is in no way revolutionary, Lucy McRae and Bart Hess take the medium into new and startlingly successful territory.