Field(s): drawing, conceptual
Lucas’s residency experience:
“It was a great experience to be part of Belgrade Artist in Residency Program as a resident. I was coming from my first residency in France, and found out about this flexible program in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, a region that I never visited before. The program coordinator is very attentive and helpful and connects you to the local art scene. The city is a very authentic place, so its a great place for artists to wonder and get ideas.”
Lucas’s Artist statement:
“My involvement with art started through drawing lessons, within a phenomenological approach. I was getting this education from an artist called Rachel de Almeida Magalhães, who had adopted this philosophy from Wesley Duke Lee and Carlos Fajardo. Thanks to her honest approach, I was able to prioritize the artistic process itself and endeavor the awareness of freeing myself from aesthetic prejudices and unproductive self-criticism. Later I got interested in the conceptual approach and embraced non-traditional processes. I began to incorporate written words in my work. Under the tutelage of Brazilian artist Rubens Espírito Santo, among many other valuable lessons, I could realize the possibilities of diagrams and cartographies and explore them. My interest in the theoretical dimension of art grew more, culminating in the production of essays, which I conceive it as an integral part of my art practice.
I believe my work operates through a montage logic. It is a body of work that is protean. Part of it deals with issues concerning the art object – its institutional dependency, its passivity towards institutionalization or ideological opportunism. Some critical thinking on language also plays a decisive role in my work, as well as insights obtained from Gregory Bateson’s epistemology.”
Exhibition opening at UK Palilula