‘Happy Chemicals’ was first exhibited in Lucas Davidson’s 2015 solo show ‘Untitled (Flat screens)‘. To create this work, Davidson dissembled and reassembled found flatscreens, privileging the tactility of the medium rather than the typical narrative forms that underpin our contemporary obsession with screen-based technologies.
Davidson is acutely aware, on a personal level, of being caught in a loop—of the sense that, despite his critical reservations, he quite easily slips into screen-time seductions. It is “inescapable”, he says, not only because it surrounds and surveils us, but there is also a compulsion to consume it, use it, and lose yourself within it. Josephine Skinner
Alongside his nomination as the Australian representative for the international Art Omi residency in New York, 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.