Kristin Lucas is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist working in video, installation, live, networked, and hybrid media art forms. Lucas' work responds to the uncanny overlaps of virtual and lived realities, and to the fast-changing mediascape that reconfigures our perception and identity. From another vantage point, she draws awareness to the personal within larger organized bodies and communities, through works that gain their currency within the context of public and private systems (e.g. marketplace, social media channels, mobile media environments, the court system, public space, the gallery). Much of her work resonates with a sense of social isolation and alienation from the computer/television/electronic media that she posits as a surrogate for personal interaction. Lucas also critically engages with the tools and frameworks she investigates, re-imagining and re-contextualizing their use in a way that looks to technology to provide new platforms for social and community engagement.
Writes Lucas: "As a woman, I am creating a discourse within which to elucidate my relationship toward the electronic dream. I unravel the complexity of this relationship by setting up virtual interactions with mediated devices, such as automated tellers, public access television, computer games, and the World Wide Web."
Kristin Lucas was born in 1968 in Davenport, Iowa. She received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for Advancement in Science and Art, New York, in 1994, and an M.F.A. from Stanford University in 2006. Lucas has been awarded numerous artist-in-residencies, through the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York; Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Space Program; the P.S.1 National Studio Program and Harvestworks, New York; and the ARCUS A.I.R. Program, Ibaraki, Japan, among others. During the summer and fall of 2000, Lucas participated in the World Views residency program on the 91st Floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 1, where she produced two major site-specific video works.
In 2003, Lucas received an Urban Visionaries Award for Emerging Talent from The Cooper Union. She has received numerous other awards, including the "Young Creator Award" at the 7th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland; the Rema Hort Mann Award for Video and Performance; the Andrea Frank Award, and a Colbert Award for Media Art. She has also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Jerome Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1998 Lucas was commissioned by Dia Center for the Arts, New York, to produce her first project for the Web.
Lucas' work has been featured at solo exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery, New York; And/Or Gallery, Dallas; Windows, Brussels, Belgium; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; O.K. Center for Contemporary Arts, Linz, Austria; and FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Liverpool, England, among others. Her work was included in the 1997 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Artists Space, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; steirischer herbst 9, Graz, Austria; the 7e Semaine Internationale de Video, Geneva, Switzerland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Dunedin Public Gallery, New Zealand, among others, and at festivals in Mexico City, Montreal, New York and San Francisco. She is currently teaching at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Lucas lives in Beacon, New York.