Lucky Rapp’s unique work is the product of a rigorously-developed process that balances conceptual interest with materiality. The artist starts by building up layers of wood, canvas, paint, acrylic forms, and resin to create three dimensional objects with a seductively slick finished surface. Text is incorporated either as flat vinyl or a laser-cut form that is buried in the resin.
Anchored in text, Rapp’s work plays with the ambiguity between the everyday world of manufactured signs, and the aura of a hand-made art object. Not unlike Jasper Johns’ targets, flags, and numbers series of the 1950s, Rapp is making visual art that signifies without using pictorial tools or representation. With a background in both fashion and art, Rapp’s art is marked by an exactitude in both concept and execution. A dry humor runs through her work, giving it an ironic edge that is only amplified by her simple and straightforward presentation.
Lucky Rapp earned her BA in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from San Diego State University before turning to fashion as a visual merchandiser for a large company then art full-time. Her work has been collected across the United States and Europe, and has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the United States and in Antwerp, Belgium, and Mannheim, Germany.