Pictorially, a difficult or tempestuous mating seems to be going on. The fuming, incandescent yellow of the sulfur and the retreating, elusive black of the painted ash represent a duality that is not confrontational so much as complementary, or even complicit in its luminescent brightness, which seems to incarnate color or emit light, the sulfur suggests a force that is buoyant and upward, striving and active; meanwhile, the deep brooding dark of the ashen black sinks downward – relaxing, letting go, dissolving will into a difficult receptivity. 


Thomas McEvilley 1995



Untitled, 1993

Ohne Titel, 1993


Sulphur, glue, ashes and acrylic on jute over wood

215 x 115 x 5 cm

Signed and dated  I. Lüscher 1993

Archive number B 97

Private Collection



The artist

(Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia)



Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia 1995



Aarau 1996, p 51 (ill)

Solothurn 2016, p 61 (ill)



Petzinger 1993, pp 71-72. Rattemeyer 1993, p 40. Jagla 1994, pp 46-49. McEvilley 1995, pp 4-5. Barzaghini 1996, p 48. Lüscher/Resseler 1996, pp 88-91 . Wismer 1996, p 8-10. Kohlmeyer 1997. Petzinger 1997, pp 22-24. Herzog 1999, pp 66-67. Graevenitz 2001, pp 12-13. Müller 2016, pp 157, 164. Vögele 2016, p 33



Moore College of Art and Design (left painting)