Lucas Davidson, ‘Living with Uncertainty’, 2020, installation view. Image courtesy of the artist.
LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY was a series of new installations that aimed to disrupt the traditional subject-object relationship within the viewing experience. Such encounters offer an opportunity to observe change as a present part of the human condition and require the viewer to take an active role in determining meaning through direct experience. For this exhibition Davidson draws upon his formative experiences of Newcastle, condensing his knowledge of the area to a single colour, translucent blue #300. By displaying this colour across multiple Lock-Up galleries Davidson presented an array of fluctuating blues that capture the light and space that permeates the surrounding environment.
Engaging with optical, sensorial and experiential aspects of perceiving, Davidson places emphasis on viewer attention and the present moment. LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY was an exhibition that causes viewers to question what they are actually seeing. The temporal shifting qualities of the work offer a way to engage with prolonged attention and contemplation, skills that have been diminished in today’s accelerated hyper-connected world.
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