our first funded artist
Amsterdam-based photographer Lucas Hardonk was selected as the first artist to be supported by Ace & Tate's Creative Fund.
We met up with Amsterdam-based Lucas to discuss his work — a visual journey through time and space — and to talk inspirations and dreams along the way.
Can you explain the concept behind the project you've created for the creative fund?
My project intends to question imagery in relation to time and space by experimenting with dark translucent foils over pictures, to create day and night in the same image. The limitations of space and time within photography have always been fascinating to me, so I tried to make a body of work that questions these facts, and the funding I'm receiving from Ace & Tate is helping me buy the materials I need to create the project.
What do you want people to take away from your project?
I want them to visualise the boundaries of photography that force us to look at the space we're in, but in a different way. It's never about what you see but what you experience and what you think or want to see. Due to perception, emotions and memory, time influences space and connotation.
Describe what home means to you.
Me and my girlfriend created a wide open space, and it includes a big table and book cabinet with lots of photography, art and novels, and a large chair to read in. That's where we spend most of our time. The dining table is the centre of the house. I'm not a big cook but I enjoy eating with friends!
When did you take your first photograph?
With my Grandfather when I was 7 or 8, he had a camera that I wanted to use so badly, and one day he finally let me use it. First we went into the Forest to photograph some deer and then we went to a nearby river where I captured every boat that passed. It was a magical day to finally use his camera and I still have the images.
Which photographer has had the biggest impact on you, inspiration-wise?
Paul Graham. I like how he thinks and explores photography. He makes the most beautiful books that translate into amazing exhibitions in form and presentation.
You studied at The Royal College of Art in The Hague and now you've begun to explore and build your own style of work, can you describe your creative process?
I Dream, think — sometimes for too long — and then I start making, creating and trying to do different things. The concept will evolve the longer I'm working on it, but reading and thinking about how I see things is always the basis, it always starts with a question that I have to think about how to answer.
Do you have art or photographs on the walls?
Yes, a picture by Viviane Sassen and a series of panels by Dutch designer Lex Pott.
What about when you're not working, what's your favourite way to unwind?
Going into the city and meeting up with friends, for a drink or dinner. On Friday evenings I head to one of my favourite bars, DE PELS. At the weekend, I go for a walk in the Forest.
So you have good vibes about the future?
Yes, finishing things always feels more like a new starting point than the end of something.
Interview by Kate Lawson
Photography by Jordi Huisman