Lucas Michael

Lucas Michael H2
Las Vegas Strip signage
2014
Lucas Michael H2
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
Lucas Michael H2
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
Lucas Michael H2
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
Lucas Michael H2
Collage room installation view
2014
Lucas Michael H2
Collage room installation view
2014
Lucas Michael H2 136 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
136 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Lucas Michael H2 190 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
190 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Lucas Michael H2 Graphite on paper
Camera Obscura installation view
2014
Graphite on paper
Lucas Michael H2 Graphite on paper
Obscured hashtags
2014
Graphite on paper
48 x 36 in.

326 hand-written hashtags by the project's participants, read and obscured by the artist.
Lucas Michael H2 Graphite on paper
Obscured secrets
2014
Graphite on paper
48 x 36 in.

326 hand-written secrets by the project's participants, read and obscured by the artist.
Lucas Michael H2 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura portraits (detail)
2014
Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall

#2000milesAllsmiles #cyrusO #livelife #SOURPEACE #boomboom #ILOVEYOUFOREVER #williammarksommer #ARGALIFE #inspiration414 #Ishoudofthoughtofsomethingbetter #iseextracolorsnow=D #wideeyed #TGIFNIGHTSWHUBS #DRUNKFACEART #bethechange #FUCKYOUALL #faghag #fake #Blindedbythelight #Bossofallkings #nothing2lose #bethechangeyouseeintheworld #ANALBLEACH #cupcake
Lucas Michael H2 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura portraits (detail)
2014
Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall

#fishface #LOL #GOBACK2ECUA #Ladiesfirst #NOWORRIES #yeahwhynot?! #Nick702 #beingme #IAMTOAWESOME #JUSSTARTEDRIVING #SECRETLOVERS #BABIESHAVINGBABIES #ghostdad #choosethelifeyoulive #FEMINISM #DragonLady69 #NEEDMOREFACIALHAIR #KILLERQWEEN #washtime #cowboydan #platinumblonde #Bubbles #CharmedLife #Whereissilva
Lucas Michael H2 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura portraits (detail)
2014
Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall

#livebig #MONKEY #SCANDAL #ME #Ecteranough #freckledemma #vegasnotvegas #liveeasy #REGRET #TROUBLE #Nurse #iamstrong #alldayerryday #albertthetruth #ToTobinToTolerate #IMNOTTALLBUTMYFAVORITEANIMALCANBEAGIRAFFE #quaintrelle #creativeforces #pleatherjacketpurpleglasses #imissbrooklyn #BREADCRUMBS #Direct #sensitive #LOVE #Surprize #Lefty #theisland #VegasSucks #Beautiful #BOBUSAPPARATUS
Lucas Michael H2 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura portraits (detail)
2014
Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall

#2daystilmarriedlife #29weeks #soinlovewithher #privatelove #justbecauseyouthoughtonedayeverythingwouldbeallrightdoesntmeanthatithappenstobecorrect,ok? #WHYNOT #weetie #Hxcoliver #fotobar #Vegasbaby #bunnieseatsnakes #ARTEXPLORERS #livingthemoment #ILOVESWEATPANTS #9pockets #Ilove2discover! #looking4trouble #MyRedLips #DIZMIK #antmeister #DELTA #peaceofmind #celebrate#life #livingfortoday #BM+JR #BarbieDoll #EDG #Asquared #what'sup #orange #LeftRight #Lifegoeson #CAMERAOBSCURA #monsterburd #i+f #IFALWAYS
Lucas Michael H2 Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall
Camera Obscura portraits (detail)
2014
Fuji instant color prints, archival sleeves, mounted on wall

#dosecretsreallymakefriends #Iheartpandas #VegasAsh #FUCKINGFAB #shmug #annualevent #CALIFORNIADREAMER #scissorpuppet #BigWheelinmotion #SantaBarbaralife #INVICTUS #Jtothemills #fearandloathing #somethingelseisgoingon #I♥BIKERS! #transguy #hummingbird #suekaylee #DiamondsR4ever #NOKNIFE #wonderlustg #mynameiskim #arizonamom #HEZEKIAH #TSO #inVINCEable #FroginVegas #AVERYSDAD #noreasonnotto #thebigpicture #grodie #Ragingwiththehomies #Thanyrox #igersmontreal #HAKUNAMATATA #usaaussie
Lucas Michael H2 Mixed media
Collage room installation (detail)
2014
Mixed media
Lucas Michael H2 Mixed media
Collage room installation (detail)
2014
Mixed media
Lucas Michael H2
Las Vegas Strip signage
2014

In 2014 I realized the work Camera Obscura when I was invited by the Art Production Fund to be the Artist In Residence in Las Vegas. I set up a communal collage-drawing workshop with the public. During the residency participants where invited to a gallery space in which there where two large, blank pieces of paper on one wall, and hundreds of empty photo sleeves organized in a grid on another wall. The drawings began when I took two polaroid portraits of each participant. They would then write a hashtagon one of the pieces of paper. On the other sheet of paper they would write a secret. After reading their hashtags and secrets I would immediately cross them out with graphite. This process of erasure resulted in what had the appearance of two similar abstract drawings. In actuality, they were a recording of the performed revelation and erasure that was made collectively between 326 persons that is, in effect, one durational drawing.
​​Each participant selected a portrait to keep and the other would be displayed in the gallery. This extended their collaboration in the process in their private selection as well as the public display,