Brooklyn, NEW YORK—Chris Lucius‘s graphite drawings are a little hazy, like screen images, which is what they portray. He is constantly watching films and so his work naturally grew out of his cinematic obsession. Inspired by precise moments, the images are variously mysterious, alluring, ethereal.
Lucius takes photographs of movie scenes and uses the stills to create his drawings, executing them horizontally to replicate the dimensions of high-def viewing. He attempts to sketch exact replicas but says he falls short, which he admits is ultimately preferable. His artistic interpretation elevates the images, and the scale he chooses for each work and the clips used to display them, further defines the work.
Lucius, who also works in collage, works out of a studio in Screwball Space in Red Hook. He is one of hundreds of artists working throughout the Brooklyn who participated in the Brooklyn Museum’s GO Brooklyn open studios event over the weekend (Sept. 8 and 9). The community-curated project that will determine the artists chosen for a group exhibit at the museum in December.
Arts Observer visited Screwball Spaces in Red Hook on Sunday, where dozens of artists participating in GO Brooklyn keep studios, and will share the work of several others in the coming days.
Visit Lucius’s GO Brooklyn page here.
Explore work by a selection of other artists at Screwball Spaces participating in GO Brooklyn here.
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