"Virtual Cravings" is on view from Aug 19th to Sep 17th
Lucas Fengzhao Xu, a Chinese photographer now rooted in Los Angeles, sees the world through his documentary lens. His works delve into the diverse generations of China, capturing the essence of their experiences with a unique perspective.
Beginning his photography journey by capturing people on the streets, Xu has developed a distinctive approach to his craft, perceiving the world through his own eyes. His passion for understanding cultures has taken him into communities, where he has immersed himself in their stories and documented their lives.
Xu's work reflects his deep reverence for the world and the people who inhabit it. With every click of his camera, he captures moments that resonate with the viewer, evoking emotion and inspiring curiosity. Through his lens, Xu offers a glimpse into the rich and diverse tapestry of humanity, inviting us to share in his journey of discovery.
With a double major in psychology and photography from the University of Iowa, and a master's degree from the Photography Department of Columbia College in Chicago, Xu's artistic journey is rooted in a deep understanding of human psychology. His works delve into the intricacies of light and shadow, offering viewers an intimate glimpse into his own inner world. Through these expressive elements, he unveils his inner world to viewers, evoking emotional responses and establishing a connection between the audience and his art.
"Some things may have been pursued for a long time with an initial sincere heart and pursuit. However, often things don't go as planned, and what we love is not necessarily what we are good at. Just like some people and things, what we love is not necessarily what is suitable for us.
Isn't life just a process of chasing after what we love? Some people spend their whole lives pursuing the worldly splendor, while others seek only a moment of tranquility at their feet. Compared to anyone, there is no right or wrong. Along the way, I have never stopped expressing myself, whether it be through words, music, or photography - just different ways of doing so. Some dedicate themselves to science to prove their existence, but I use my passion to tell stories around me.
To me, photography is not just light and geometry; the photos I see can sing their own melodies. I hope my expression is clear and precise, yet also with a subtle sense of confusion. A passage of overly clear words can be as powerless as a textbook concept, while overly vague communication is like a faint emotion.
The gap between desire and reality is always there, but so what? What we yearn for is what matters most."
— Lucas Fengzhao Xu