Visions of Us From the Land exhibition at Clear Lake Arts Center
The Clear Lake Arts Center (CLAC) announces the exhibition Visions of Us From the Land collages by Lucas Underwood. The exhibition opened Tuesday, Nov. 26, and be on view through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Come and meet Lucas Underwood, Saturday, Dec. 14. between 1-3 p.m.
Visions of Us From the Land exhibition shows works that are photographically generated images rendered in collage. The visual qualities of collage further distance the image from the language of photography, while evoking a sense of place. The places where we are born, live, and travel, shape who we are. The relationship to our wider history is highlighted in Underwood’s work.
Underwood said, “They are the culmination of lessons learned from photography, printmaking, and on the job as a carpenter. Photography captures the immediacy of a moment and preserves the nuances of personalities, contexts, and situations in time.”
His photography reflects the people he knows and the places he visits. The use of collage, printmaking, and alternative photographic processes, allows him to depart from a moment captured in time, break it down, and reconstruct it through meticulous craftsmanship.
Underwood said, “I first acquired this attention to detail through hanging doors, installing windows, and fitting cabinets. These skills, learned working with wood, translated to paper surprisingly well.”
Lucas Underwood was born in Iowa and raised there, in Colorado, and in Southern California. He returned to Iowa at the age of 21 to attend the University of Iowa, where he earned a degree in Journalism and began training in photography. After graduating, he served in the Peace Corps in Panama, taught English in Spain, and travelled extensively, documenting his experiences through photography. University of Georgia is where he earned his M.F.A. in photography and developed his conceptual interests. The major theme of Lucas’ work involves how we are shaped by our environment, including issues relating to masculinity, perceptions of beauty, and belonging. Lucas’ work has been in shows and is in private collections across the United States.