Since 2013 Karla Hoeben and Martijn Lucas Smit are working on a project that aims to describe and include the landscape of art. As Lucas Hoeben they present themselves not as a collective but as an entity. Like an art avatar one can say Lucas Hoeben analyses the scenery of art, explores the system, eliminates the details and reproduces its manifestations. Lucas Hoeben aims to play a game of displacement and appropriation and wants to take the challenge of changing contexts.
Lucas Hoeben portrays artists, sculptures, museums, print work and trivialities. In the trivialities series Lucas Hoeben explores objects in art institutions that are not objects of art themselves like for instance a display case.
The choice of the specific topics to be portrayed (which artist, which sculpture or which print work for instance) is based on personal preference and the intuition of Lucas Hoeben. As mentioned Lucas Hoeben is like an avatar who is wandering in the world of art. From museum to galery, from artwork to publication or book and so on. The personal baggage collected by these wanderings is the bases of a choice for a drawing or sculpture to be portrayed. An occurrence in daily live can lead to a choice for a specific topic as well as a long lasting admiration or a strong art experience.
Of a chosen topic Lucas finds a depicted version on internet, in books or in publications then copies the accurate outline on a piece of paper. This definition of the contour of a subject is the main starting point of a portrayed piece to be made.
As drawing is the basic technique and the technique of choice to study objects and analyze structures or systems 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.
Nevertheless a defined contour can also lead to three dimensional pieces and various techniques are being used in the project. The techniques range from pouring to molding or building and from drawing to photography or animation. The choice of the materials or techniques to be used is based on a combination of conventions, intuition or association around the specific category. The portrayed sculpture category for instance consists of, besides drawings, plaster sculptures. Lucas Hoeben chooses plaster in this category for plaster is being used since ancient times to reproduce sculptures as a means to study and expose sculptures.
The ongoing project of Lucas Hoeben might spread out in the future into more categories, other techniques or different manifestations. The subject however will always be art itself and all its manifestations. That is the space wherein Lucas Hoeben moves and the space wherein Lucas Hoeben invites you to wander along.