Lucas Grogan from exhibition White
opening on the 20th September 2007 at Watt Space Gallery
Lucas was one of the winners of the 2007 Annual Student Aquisitive
Art Prize. He won a prize in the 2D catagory with a series of x-ray,
x-rated drawings which sold out. White features artworks executed in
a similar fashion. Lucas has exhibited numerous times at Watt Space
and other galleries at Newcastle.
'There's an unsaid rule or taboo in Australian art in regards to the
use of appropriation of traditional indigenous design. Either you need
specific permission from a community or you can't use it at all. But in
a global art world, Australian art is seen as typically indigenous in
nature. Where does that leave people like me? Am I not an Australian
artist? Or should I be considered a Western artist? And am I
appropriating or stealing? And is it because I live in Australia that
the restraints of using a traditional indigenous design are somewhat
uncouth? These are my issues.'