Geoff and Eilidh Lucas have collaborated on making artworks since 2008, when they devised and ran the HICA (Highland Institute for Contemporary Art) project in the north of Scotland. While they still maintain the HICA organisation, HICA functioned primarily as an extensive artwork, which took the form of an artist-run gallery operating from 2008 to 2016. HICA examined the ‘concrete’ results of its engagements, as it purposefully also researched and explored the theoretical and philosophical basis of Concrete Art.
As with HICA, their studio works have continued to develop around questions most often arising in relation to ideas of Concrete Art.
The procedures of these works are frequently consistent with a Concrete approach, where ‘objective’ content is presented in ways to consider its subjective interpretation: their works often have a basis in cell-like forms and simple games whose rules could be said to function in ‘concrete’ ways: for gallery exhibitions they tend to develop equivalent strategies to HICA for highlighting interactions, where lived situations are presented as possibly self-similar to complex processes of Nature, such as the sub-atomic: exhibiting these artworks becomes a focus on how emotional or aesthetic responses act within the world’s self-organisation.
For Geoff and Eilidh Lucas, Concrete Art’s recognition of inherent value in things suggests a form of panpsychism, This, they believe, negates the idea of objective Nature and instead proposes a generalised subjectivity, more consistent with a process view of the world.
From these considerations they have proposed the idea of a ‘quancrete’ art: their works explore what a quancrete art may be, and its social and political implications. For example, what it proposes as a current understanding of a concrete art, consistent with ideas of what the ‘concrete’ may be; the further implications from this, such as for ideas of our subject/object relations, the states of the individual and collective, and for envisioning a revised relation to our environment.
To continue this exploration Geoff and Eilidh Lucas co-founded and have co-curated the EQ gallery in France, since 2016. Geoff Lucas completed a PhD study at DJCAD, University of Dundee, in 2015. They live and work in western France.
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