Shana Lutker’s SUR contains images and texts related to the artist's ongoing research on the history of the fistfights of the Surrealists. Part monograph and part artist's book, the first publication on the artist includes an essay by Mika Yoshitake, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a conversation between the artist and Kris Paulsen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at Ohio State University, and a text written by the artist. SUR came together after Lutker’s exhibition Le “NEW” Monocle, Chapters 1 – 3 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in fall 2015 and before her performance “The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse” as part of LAXART’s Occasional, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2016.
Shana Lutker's work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2015), Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2015); LA><ART; Los Angeles (2014); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (2013); SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (2013); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia (2012); The Center For Ongoing Research & Projects, Columbus, OH (2012); Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA (2009); Artists Space, New York, NY (2008); and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA (2007). Lutker was included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art,New York (2014); Performa 13, New Visual Art Performance Biennial, New York (2013); and the California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2006 and 2008). She received her MFA from UCLA in 2005 and lives and works in Los Angeles.