Wickerham & Lomax's practice is based on the accelerated exchange of frivolous information, gossip, and codified language that crystallizes into accessible forms in hopes of giving dignity to that exchange.
W&L seek to expand modes of living, viewing, and participating by employing cultural practices, varied forms of communication, the space of installation, the language of the digital environment, and supplemental information to arrive at a practice where approach and presentation are subjects and not merely process. Within the work, cultural practices (representing a collective experience) and public consciousness are entry points for the viewer.
Through rethinking daily routine, they often use Baltimore City as a local and global material due to its prevailing image as a space of criminality and dysfunction. It is both form and a source to meditate on obsolescence, trends, displacement, and (dis)connectivity. Their suspicion of modern life's ability to properly imagine itself has placed their focus on the periphery of phenomena. These have included such forms as television shows, exhibitions, evenings out, a close friendship, a daily walk, or the DNA of a fashion house. Among these, they examine cultures hierarchies and values by shifting the focus from the valued Main phenomenon towards the Supplemental forms such as: flyers, interviews, trailers, gossip, hearsay, press releases, pre-production, and posters as means for having jacked-in access to the viewer’s life, to fortify or intercept their everyday, and to make space for the less considered to thrive.
Since 2009 they have been crafting experiences for a viewer who seeks to complicate their viewing—not of the collaborative's work but of viewers encounter with the form the artists takes on as a subject. Their approach towards exhibitions has always focused on the work in the show as much as the framing, promotion, after party and the spectacle of the opening. The idea is to elevate every part to the same level of consideration. To encourage the show to ooze outward where it can be easily encountered but difficult to contain. There is a focus on the messy convergence of The City Self, The Virtual Self, The Private Self, The Hustler Self, while equipped with social media and antisocial behavior. These things come together to allude to the liminal—a persistent state of our era.
W&L initial collaborative vocabulary used the signification of surface—appearances, mirrors, screens, reflections, storefronts, sheen, and employing the language of accessibility. They have recently describe their work as a temper tantrum of conflicting styles and fan boy hissy fits against good taste (the enemy of progress). Part of the impetus for changing the collaborative name from DUOX to Wickerham & Lomax after five years was an attempt to be more human and individual in life and work, allowing their full selves to be more pronounced.