Lucas Davidson investigates the permeable nature of perception using processes that rely on both control and chance. ‘A Way In, A Way Out’ brings together manipulated photographs and a site-specific mirrored installation to mark the artist’s fifth show at Dominik Mersch Gallery.
In his latest exhibition, Lucas Davidson investigates the permeable nature of perception using processes that rely on both control and chance. ‘A Way In, A Way Out’ brings together six photographs and a site-specific installation to mark the artist’s fifth show at Dominik Mersch Gallery.
‘A Way In, A Way Out’ invites a slower kind of looking that requires viewer attention. This is prompted by the interplay between the fleeting and tangible aspects of the works.
The centrepiece for the exhibition, 'Field Study', is a work comprised of four-sided mirror boxes that are stacked on top of one another to form a complex spatial configuration. Using geometric shapes, repetition, and scale, 'Field Study' challenges viewer perception with multiple perspectives occurring simultaneously.
Accompanying this work is Davidson’s latest photographic series. Using a macro lens, Davidson takes close up shots of his body. These photographs are then scaled up, printed and soaked in water. Over time, the photographic emulsion separates from the paper base, transforming the static image into a malleable material where chance directs the outcome. For the first time, Davidson exhibits the unique objects themselves, showing the immediate outcome of this process and blurring the boundary between bodily and photographic surfaces.
To coincide with ‘A Way In, A Way Out’, Davidson has launched a limited edition artist book that documents the working process of the photographs in the lead-up to the exhibition.