John Lucas - Industrial Still Lives
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Industrial Still Lives
Galerie Youn is pleased to present Industrial Still Lives, a series of photographs by guest artist John Lucas. His lifelong experience as a research scientist has placed Lucas at the heart of industrial environments, which have in turn come to play a significant part within his photographic practice. This recent body of work documents artifacts of production in operating factories – an old tannery, a foundry and a gear-making business. At once documentary and painterly, Lucas’ industrial still lives offer glimpses into the machinery of industrialization. His images belie their subjects’ scale and step back from everyday life with a startling degree of intimacy. As with his earlier work, portraiture that documented vernacular cultures throughout North America and Europe, it is not surprising that Lucas’ approach to the industrial still life impacts the viewer on a similarly visceral level.
“...It was thirty years of research in those thundering factories – immense smelters, foundries, refineries, and sawmills – that embedded itself in my psyche and moved me to photograph in the industrial settings that gave rise to this exhibition.”
John Lucas is a lifelong self-taught photographer, and also a scientist. His scientific career has taken him from researching computer memories to inventing instruments for vast and noisy factories. He also visited Mars, at least in his imagination, when the Canadian Space Agency asked him to adapt laser technology he had developed for factories to Martian exploration. But it was thirty years of research in those thundering factories - immense smelters, foundries, refineries, and sawmills - that embedded itself in his psyche and moved him to photograph in the industrial settings that gave rise to this