Lucas Daub is an artist from New York City, living in the city up until he was five, his memories from that time are scattered at best, “I still think of it as a part of my life that has contributed to my frame of reference on how I view the world.” Daub tells LOS GATOS. Ever since Daub was a kid in NYC, he would always be picking up little things and collecting them, his work now became an extension of that early interest. ”I would always grab the brochures from the subway station, because, I don’t know, I liked the way they looked, just something about having something from where I’ve been or what I’ve done has always been grounding for me.”
“For me the scans are very much a way of grounding myself. Or maybe expressing myself in a way that words can’t. It is a way for me to put together the meaningful events in my life, in a way that feels special to me. I think taking these otherwise meaningless scraps from daily life and making something out of them is a good way to recycle these things that I would just throw out or hoard.”
LOS GATOS: You travel a lot, does that inspire your work in any way?
LUCAS DAUB: Certainly the places it travel to tend to make their way into my work. I certainly don’t think traveling is virtuous or anything. If anything i sometimes feel like it’s selfish. But certainly that feeling of freshness of being in a new place inspires a lot of my art. Mostly I feel like what inspires me the most is coming across people who I loved in some way.
" I feel like what inspires me the most is coming across people who I've loved in some way."
LOS GATOS: Your work can be seen as really fun and exciting but also containing a lot of rigidity, what can you say about that?
LUCAS DAUB: Thats something a struggle a lot with when I make art. I think a lot of the time i’m both trying to honor the format that I started out with and felt so passionate about in first place, while still progressing and improving it. Although I do feel that maintaining that format in a way makes it clear the language I'm communicating in, so that all of my works may start to make sense. i hope my work speaks for myself. I try to make it transparent and flat as I can so that its just "here i am take what you can from it". but.
LOS GATOS: Your scans contain a lot of intimate and personal moments, how does it feel knowing that they're out there?
LUCAS DAUB: For some reason I feel like my art must have something personal in it for it to be moving. Landscapes and portraits of celebrities just don’t do it for me. I feel like I need to bare something that close to me that people don’t want to talk about, so by putting these bits of my daily life or things that burned me I feel like i’m able to make my art compelling. At the same time I try to make it transparent and flat as I can, so that it's just like "here I am take what you can from it".
All images courtesy the artist.
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