‘Rise Like Smoke’ was exhibited in Lucas Davidson’s 2019 solo show ‘A Way In, A Way Out’. Using a macro lens, Davidson takes close up shots of his body and manipulates colour to create highly-textured and abstract works in purple and pink. 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, which have been manipulated and set back onto the paper base, blurring the boundary between bodily and photographic surfaces.
Lucas Davidson has been selected for numerous notable awards including the Digital Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, the New South Wales Visual Arts Fellowship at Artspace, the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship at Sydney College of the Arts, the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, and the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photo Award. He was also nominated as the Australian representative for the international Art Omi residency in New York.