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Self As Art, 2008

Duane Lutsko paints the American landscape of the highway, industry, and the unassuming imagery we generally turn a blind eye to. His motif is the amalgamation of the hardware and paraphernalia, left in the wake of development, on the American landscape.

He paints the product of progress: the highway scarred by strip malls, construction brutalizing the environment, and the city left abandoned by the dinosaurs of industry.

The light on a truck in a lot, the rhythm of the Jersey barricade on the roadway, and the stamp of industry modifying an ecosystem, all inform Mr. Lutsko's aesthetic. His painting asserts the reciprocal relationship man has to his environment. Asphalt, steel, and traffic are not in landscape, they are landscape.