Lucas Hoeben is a collaboration with Karla Hoeben and Martijn Lucas Smit. Lucas Hoeben describes and includes the landscape of art. He analyses the scenery of art, explores the system, eliminates the details and reproduces its manifestations. Eventually Lucas Hoeben aims to play a game of displacement and appropriation and wants to take the challenge of changing contexts.
Lucas Hoeben portrays all entities of art ; artists, sculptures, museums, preformances, print work about art and trivialities. In the trivialities series Lucas Hoeben explores objects in art institutions that are not objects of art as such like for instance a display case.
The choice of the specific topics to be portrayed within an entity (which artist, which sculpture or which print work) is based on personal preference and is arbitrary. A visual occurrence in daily live can lead to a choice for a specific topic as well as a long lasting admiration or a strong unexpected art experience. One can say the personal baggage of collected (always positive) impressions is the ground for a choice for an artwork to made and portrayed.
For a specific topic Lucas looks for a depicted version on internet, in books or in publications. He then copies the accurate outline on a piece of paper. The precise definition of the contour of a subject is the main starting point of a portrayed piece.
As drawing is the basic technique and the technique of choice to study objects and analyze structures in art, each category of the Lucas Hoeben project contains drawings. The drawings are made by scratching the entire surface within a chosen contour with graphite pencil on paper.
A defined contour however can also lead to three dimensional pieces and to various techniques that are used in the project. These techniques range from pouring to molding or building and from photography to animation. The choice of the materials or techniques to be used for a piece is based on a combination of conventions, intuitions or associations around the specific category. In the portrayed sculpture category for instance Lucas Hoeben made plaster sculptures because plaster is being used to reproduce sculptures since ancient times as a means to study and expose sculptures.
In an exhibition the works itself represent artworks or refers to art but the exhibition itself is also a work. A work that combines time and art movements but still shows in its representation, the same appearance in every category.
Often Lucas Hoeben invites other artists to join a show. Sometimes their works are incorporated in the theme of the Lucas Hoeben show like in Collect! and sometimes the artists are asked to react or even rule over the Lucas Hoeben show like in 37PK with Toon Teken, Andre Pielage, Eva Pel.
Since 2017 Lucas Hoeben works in cooperation with Eric Martijn. A project that is called ROKOKO. As Lucas Hoeben plays with contexts and conventions in art as well as authenticity and reproduction he thought it was applicable to add a second party to agitate and challenge the art practice even more. Starting out making a communal booth at This Art Fair, an art fair in De Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, more shows followed to this day. Still Lucas Hoeben can work as Lucas Hoeben solo or in other collaborations like in 2018 with Joost Nelissen a musician/composer. In this Nelissen built a program which interacts with the animations of Lucas Hoeben.