Estrid Lutz is a French artist born 1989 living and working in Puerto Escondido - Oaxaca Mexico.
Crashes, the ocean, and advanced technological materials were the founding interests which lead her to study at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and then in Art Center College of Design Los Angeles, CA, USA, before graduating with honours in 2016.
Lutz’s earliest artistic works could be seen as violent explorations of the surfaces where human interaction with non-human occurs, and effect takes place. All artworks embody her reoccurring interest in the concepts of the natural and the technological, often finding emotional or empathetic connections as well as physical touch-points between the two.
In 2018, Lutz was included in Crash Test: the molecular turn at La Panacée, Montpellier, curated by the esteemed curator Nicolas Bourriaud, known for his work with relational aesthetics. The exhibition text stated: “The art of the 2010s seems to have integrated the notion of the Anthropocene, which designates an era dominated by human activities and their impact on the planet.”
Crash Test: the molecular turn, a title inspired by Lutz’s work, identified her as an artist as moving past binary dichotomies of ‘real’ and ‘digital’, ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, and aligned her with established contemporaries including Alice Channer, Roger Hiorns, and Artie Vierkant. However Lutz also sees things the other way around, she explores not only our post-digital condition through an anthropogenic lens but how much of human technology is informed by nature. Her use of aluminum honeycomb, a material commonly used for the construction of satellites is an obvious example.
Since 2018, Lutz has lived and worked in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico where she found the perfect environment to develop her work in by observing the rough natural environment of Zicatela, one of the most dangerous surf beaches in the world.
In Puerto Escondido, Lutz has continued her research into biological organisms and ecosystems, and how humans and their technological materials are inspired by, interact with, and have an effect on these. Several experiments have had a direct relationship with the waves and beach: A hands-on approach that tests the boundaries of what’s possible.
Explorations include being flown over the waves and between whirlwinds in an Ultralight Aircraft to drop drawings and flowers into the ocean, having artworks taken out to sea on her behalf and documented in the pipelines, and burying the edges of large lenticular, photo-luminescent, and sun-sensitive works in the sand.
Lutz’s practice embodies the blurring of dichotomies, investigating the interactions between the human-technological (science, polystyrene, aircraft) on the one hand, and the forces of nature on the other (pipelines, whirlwinds, animals) with sensitivity to emotional communication. In face of something more powerful than us, what is the significance of dropping flowers into giant waves?
During the pandemic, with the beach closed and few tourists, Lutz witnessed Puerto Escondido become a place for the non-human again. Turtles and crocodiles came back in abundance, hundreds covered the sand that for decades has been a place dominated by towels, sun-blocked bodies, and plastic toys in varied shapes and sizes.
In her work, Estrid continues to question the empathetic relationship, gratitude, and respect for the non-human that we have the capacity for while embracing our fantastical drive for technological advancement. She acknowledges wholeness or inclusion inherent to our deep interconnectedness while not ‘returning to nature’, rather including it in progressive, expansive development.
2016 École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
DNSAP (with honors)
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Los-Angeles, CA, USA
2011 Ecole des beaux-arts de Sète
2020 Pipelines Mashups, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE
2020 Jardins Partagés, Magasins Généraux, Paris, FR (postponed until 2021)
2019 Moco-La Panacée- Montpellier FR
2019 The Body of Tears curated by Nicolas Bourriaud
2018 Toxins, Future Gallery, Berlin, DE
2018 Should I resist?, Jelato Love, Palma de Mallorca, ES
2018 Hash Through, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, DE
2017 The Retinal Afterglow, Future Gallery, Berlin, DE
2016 The Composing Rooms, Project Space, directed by Che Zara Bloomfeld, Berlin, DE
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBIITONS
2019 XYXX010101000 Galeria Curro, Guadalajara, curated by Dorothée Dupuis, MX
2019 Biotechnosphere, Tranen Copenhagen, curated by Toke Lykkeberg, Copenhagen, DK
2019 Swamp Horses, Spirit Vessel, Espinavessa, ES
2019 Unsupported Message Format, Galerie Valeria, Cetaro, Paris, FR
2019 Transnatura , Galerie 22,48m2 Paris, FR
2019 This Placement- Mexico City, MX
2019 Ants and Elephants - Kunstverein Arnsberg, DE
2018 Crash Test - La révolution moléculaire, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, La Panacée, Montpellier, FR
2017 Hard to explain, Future Gallery, Berlin, DE
2017 Narcose, Galerie H.L.M., Marseille, FR
2017 Afterbirth of a Dream, Meetfactory, Prague, CZ
2017 Felicità, Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris, FR
2016 From Transhuman to South Perspective, Rowing Projects London, UK
2016 Dog piss protection board, Beijing, CN
2015 COOL as a State of Mind, MAMO, Cité Radieuse Le Corbusier, Marseilles, FR
2015 Everything You Need To Bring Bathrooms To A Shine, Galerie Deborah Bowmann, Brussels, BE
2015 It has never been so fluo, Supermarket Gallery, Budapest, HU
2015 the Wrong, New Digital Art Biennale, Muséo del Chopo, Mexico City, MX
2015 An extra collision, curated by Emanuele Guidi, Arge/Kunst, Bolzano
2015 Adobe Climax, curated by PostNorma, Amsterdam, NL
2014 HyperSalon Miami Postmasters Gallery, Fondations Lafayette Paris; produced by Transfer Gallery & Xpo Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 a Sip of Cool, Oracular / Vernacular, La GAD, Marseille, FR
2014 VNGRAVITY2, Gallery Online, Mexico City, MX
2014 Try to forget, Rat Factory Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2020 en cours CIRVA (Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques). Marseille
2019 MO.CO Montpellier Contemporain
2018 CASA WABI - Mexico _
Nicolas Bourriaud post Molecular Turn Programme
Les Ateliers de la Ville de Marseille