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Where does the artificial meet flesh and blood? Is separation from the digital world something we are willing to do? Much of my current work aims to illustrate our immersion into and addictions of digital life. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into--becoming a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of this combined polarity.

FACIAL RECOGNITION

[Click to view animation.] How is it possible to find your essence in artificial surroundings? Do we begin to blend into it and become less of who we are or are we meant to understand the polarity and pull away from it? Create glitches in the matrix, rip a hole in it so others can see.

TOXIC RAINBOWS

A book of self-discovery and Creative Self Expression by Jim Lucio

ZINES

Lost gay culture and marketing as it pertains to our perceptions and programming have been themes I regularly explore in my work. These ideas are all expressed in my printed works and independently produced zines.

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About Jim

Baltimore City

My work has always been about pulling creativity out of unexpected places and out of those who have needed assistance in extracting it from themselves.  My creative expression has evolved from collaborative works and curation to authoring a book that aims to reveal the creativity within each of us. Everything I've done has informed what has come next and I have been able to approach my work from a much more personal place which has allowed me to express concerns  of emotional, spiritual... more

TOXIC RAINBOWS

Following a year of dramatic change, I found myself writing a book that was not only a philosophical examination of life, but a call to take charge of it through what I call Creative Self Expression.

As a visual artist, curator and someone who's nurtured and supported the work of other creatives, I discovered that I could continue to encourge creativity, and possibly reach more people by writing a guidebook that addressed many of the roadblocks that prevent us from expressing ourselves in our true, creative nature. This is my first book and, like myself, it is not easy to categorize. On its surface, it is about self discovery and I found that this path of discovery led to spirituality, which in turn led back to creativity. Ultimately, it is about harnessing the creative spark that I believe we all possess and encouraging the reader to share with the world their creative viewpoint.

Toxic Rainbows: Surviving and Thriving in the New Babylon was completed in the fall of 2018 and is now available as an e-book and in paperback.

  • TOXIC RAINBOWS

    A book of self-discovery and Creative Self Expression by Jim Lucio

COMPOSITES

These composite works aim to illustrate the idea of artificiality in the world around us and our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work mimicks the idea of how we choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and present ourselves on social media to create a perception that is meant to represent how life is for us, when in reality, it takes us further away from our true self and the source of our creativity.

Through the use of photo apps and specialty filters aimed at being used with social media, we incorporate digital elements onto our images, such as a change of hair, eye color, additions of animal whiskers, cute noses and emoji characteristics, essentially digitizing ourselves far beyond the untouched digital image of our 'plain' selves. Digital facelifts, airbrushing and tweaking of our images has become an essential part of the photo posting process and with each digital addition, we experience a loss of our natural selves.

The purpose of using exceedingly familiar locations for my self-portraits is multi-fold. These are the places that often entice us, they rely on repetition, sensory stimulation and artificiality to attract our attention. And most importantly, they are the places we feel comfortable in. They are mudane and common to us, they are places we know intimately and can almost blend into. Perhaps this is similar to ideas expressed in works by other artists such as Andy Warhol or Andreas Gursky.

These locations are visual metaphors that reminds us that we are slipping further away from nature and appear to be evolving toward and embracing artificiality. As a child of Generation X, I think often of life pre- and post-internet and this work expresses some of my feelings about the radically different time periods. I address my own participation and entry into these surroundings as well as the discomfort that it creates within me.

  • COMPOSITE #1

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • COMPOSITE #2

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • COMPOSITE #3

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • LOST

    Where does the artificial meet flesh and blood? Is separation from the digital world something we are willing to do? Much of my current work aims to illustrate our immersion into and addictions of digital life. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into--becoming a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of this combined polarity.
  • COMPOSITE #4

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • COMPOSITE #5

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • COMPOSITE #7

    Composite works that aim to further illustrate our immersion into a digital lifestyle. These images convey the sense that we are morphing into a digital product as much as we are flesh and blood. The work suggests how we often choose to seemlessly blend into illusory worlds and the uncomfortable nature of a combined polarity.
  • LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET

    This piece addresses a lot of personal issues, one of which is the discomfort I sometimes feel in ordinary places and the merging of polar opposites.

ANIMATION

These simple animations allow us a glimpse into our morphing online identities and how our immersion in social media and obsessive nature begins to blur the lines of reality. My message is to find a way to create balance, truly connect and give back to the world through our individual unique creative expression.

By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self. The repetitive and colorful backgrounds reminds us of how we are melding into these unnatural settings as if we've become part of a screensaver on a computer and that we are simply walking through a digital background in a video landscape.

  • FACIAL RECOGNITION

    [Click to view animation.] How is it possible to find your essence in artificial surroundings? Do we begin to blend into it and become less of who we are or are we meant to understand the polarity and pull away from it? Create glitches in the matrix, rip a hole in it so others can see.
  • LOCATION SETTINGS

    By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self.
  • IDENTITY CRISIS

    Art and expression of clarity evolves out of understanding our weaknesses, influences and embracing our unique perspectives. By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self.
  • CHARGING STATION

    PLEASE view full screen to see animation. Do we fade away as we enter places of anti-nature? Does transhumanism gain strength as we struggle to maintain balance in realms of the artificial?
  • PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

    Blending into the matrix. PLEASE view full screen to see animation. By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self.
  • NO PERMISSIONS GRANTED

    Polarity exists in nature. When we resist, it's opposite pushes back. When we accept, equilibrium is possible. I question the absolute differences and emotional responses to polar opposites. Do they really exist or are they only degrees of the same thing?
  • ACCOUNT SETTINGS

    I like to propose the idea of forcing new ideas, creating glitches in the matrix of our conditioned belief systems and modes of indoctrinated behavior. By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self.
  • AIRPLANE MODE

    Post-Digital combat with the Matrix. The images force me out of this matrix and create a glitch in the system, pushing back the digital encroachment on nature and the threatening of my spiritual self.
    By animating my self-portraits, I can create other formats of digital communication and understanding that is perceived differently on the various social media platforms. These portraits taken in grocery stores and places familiar to all of us has become a way for me to convey this feeling of separation from nature, our increasing reliance on the artificial and disconnection from self.

MEMES FROM THE EDGE

My meme project is like an advertising campaign to supplement ideas associated with creative and personal growth that are too often pushed aside or uncomfortable to address. Utilizing photography and a simple line of my own text creates attachments to the viewer’s consciousness in more ways than simply trying to convey an idea by explanation

In our changing digital culture and in an increased climate where free speech is sometimes oppressed, we have begun to modify our behavior by practicing self censorship and altering our opinions to maintain calm around us. We have also resorted to other forms of communications, such as the powerful meme. A powerful modern form of digital communication.

Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The somewhat refined meme style was created to be used online, on social media, to be shared, liked, reposted and/or projected. In using this format, my potential audience became unlimited and anyone with a computer or smart phone could be exposed to my ideas and communications.

The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.

  • PUNK ROCK MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • INTOLERANCE MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • REASON MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • BLINDNESS MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • SELF-LOATHING MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • TRUTH MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • DISBELIEF MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • LIES MEME

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • INSPIRATION MEME

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.
  • CULT MEME.

    Through these memes, I aim to inspire creativity and also to address topics of communication breakdown and other concepts which are deeply associated with our post-internet lives. The washed-out look and almost fading into the background symbolizes our obsession with digital culture and the blurring of reality and make believe that has become part of everyday life.

ZINES

This project consists of zines that I designed and produced in recent years. The content is steeped in theories of past forms of marketing communication and is a continuation of my exploration of consumption and distraction, something I also address in my Photo Memes seen in other projects. As in my other work, here I am also interested in exploring pre- and post-internet forms of communication and how through perception and 'glamouring' we were sold on ideas and lifestyles. In these works, my focus has been predominantly associated with gay culture and food products.

In these zines, I incorporate vintage papers and use repetition as seen in my previous works as well as offer reminders of how we are consumers at heart and how we are more than willing to be sold on an idea. The inclusion of the printed works here is meant to show a thread of thought that has been somewhat constant in my work and one that has evolved over time.

  • BRAND X

    BRAND X, 2014. 26pp. Filled with hand cut collage art inspired by advertising and consumerism. All art in this zine constructed by hand with vintage papers. Risograph printed.
    BRAND X, 2014. 26pp. Filled with hand cut collage art inspired by advertising and consumerism. All art in this zine constructed by hand with vintage papers. Risograph printed.
  • BRAND X, interior pages.

    BRAND X, 2014. 26pp. Filled with hand cut collage art inspired by advertising and consumerism. All art in this zine constructed by hand with vintage papers. Risograph printed.
    BRAND X, 2014. 26pp. Interior pages. Filled with hand cut collage art inspired by advertising and consumerism. All art in this zine constructed by hand with vintage papers. Risograph printed.
  • ALL MALE CAST

    Inspired by the distinctive pre-internet marketing aimed at a gay audience. Packed with vintage advertising from original sources, collage and manipulation. The title All Male Cast refers to the small print seen on 1970s gay adult movie advertisements.
    All Male Cast, 2016. 34pp. Cover and back cover. Inspired by the distinctive pre-internet marketing aimed at a gay audience. Packed with vintage advertising from original sources, collage and manipulation. The title All Male Cast refers to the small print seen on 1970s gay adult movie advertisements.
  • All Male Cast, interior

    Inspired by the distinctive pre-internet marketing aimed at a gay audience. Packed with vintage advertising from original sources, collage and manipulation. The title All Male Cast refers to the small print seen on 1970s gay adult movie advertisements.
    All Male Cast, 2016. 34pp. Interior pages. Inspired by the distinctive pre-internet marketing aimed at a gay audience. Packed with vintage advertising from original sources, collage and manipulation. The title All Male Cast refers to the small print seen on 1970s gay adult movie advertisements.
  • BAPHOMET No. 1

    BAPHOMET No. 1., 2018. A transgender themed, self-published zine.
  • TV GUILD

    TV GUILD, 2011.  TV Guild was a one-shot, single sheet, fold-out zine. A continued exploration of my interest in pre-internet gay culture.
    TV GUILD, 2011. TV Guild was a one-shot, single sheet, fold-out zine. A continued exploration of my interest in pre-internet gay culture.
  • DEEP DARK TROUBLE

    Deep Dark Trouble, 2011. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Melt Gallery in Los Angeles. More obsessive concepts of advertising and marketing in this Divine themed zine that includes an original photo of Divinen taken by myself.
    Deep Dark Trouble, 2011. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Melt Gallery in Los Angeles. More obsessive concepts of advertising and marketing in this Divine themed zine that includes an original photo of Divine taken by myself.
  • DEEP DARK TROUBLE, interior.

    Deep Dark Trouble, 2011. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Melt Gallery in Los Angeles. More obsessive concepts of advertising and marketing in this Divine themed zine that includes an original photo of Divinen taken by myself.
    Deep Dark Trouble, 2011. Interior pages. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Melt Gallery in Los Angeles. More obsessive concepts of advertising and marketing in this Divine themed zine that includes an original photo of Divine taken by myself.
  • GORDO

    A work exploring disappearing gay culture and stereotypes.
    GORDO, 23" x 32", 2010. Single page newsprint. A work exploring disappearing gay culture and stereotypes. This was issued as a double-sided poster.
  • GORDO WALLPAPER

    GORDO, 23" x 32", 2010. Single page newsprint. A work exploring disappearing gay culture and stereotypes. This was issued as a double-sided poster.
    Gordo zine here featured as wallpaper for the release party and show at the G-Spot Gallery, Baltimore. GORDO, 23" x 32", 2010. Single page newsprint. A work exploring disappearing gay culture and stereotypes. This was issued as a double-sided poster.

COLLAGE

My decades long obsession with pop culture, ephemera and printed materials has gone from one form of inspiration to another. As a graphic designer it informed me and served as reference material, in recent years it has reminded me of how we are consumers, how we long for new toys and shiny new acquisitions only to dispose of them for the next distraction.

Printed materials, pop magazines, catalogues, and vintage advertisments and the like may once have held a nostalgic hold over me and inspired design ideas, but now it all serves as fodder, color blocks and a reminder that it's all temporary and somewhat meaningless and better served by subverting its original intent and mining the disposable for something more meaningful.

These works are all made by hand with vintage papers and convey ideas both obvious and buried within their layers.

  • PURGE

    PURGE #1; 48" x 35" Abstract vintage paper collage.
  • GODDESS

    Vintage paper. 15" x 18", 2017.
  • SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

    Vintage paper. 11" x 5", 2017. A humorous piece jabbing at stereotypes, fear-mongering, race, cultural appropriation hysteria and even nature. There is a whole world of ideas jammed into this little piece. Take your pick.
  • COMPREHENSION

    Vintage paper collage, 5" x 7", 2017.
  • 80s THEMED TOWER

    Digitally constructed from original source material and original photography, this 4-sided 15' tall tower was a major landmark on Charles Street during Artscape, 2011. The tower was designed around the theme of 1982, the year the festival started.
  • THE END

    Vintage paper collage. 7"x7", 2017.
  • CHANNEL X

    Vintage paper collage. 7"x7", 2017.

POLAROIDS

My portrait work with the Polaroid spanned many years and consists of 1,000s of images. This project came to a halt with the discontinuation of Polaroid Spectra film around 2012. At it's heart it is a documentation and celebration of the individual as much as my love for cinema. The instant film format was perfectly suited to capturing individuals in cinematic composition, as creating a film still out of a moment from their lives.

There was equalizing power in the creation of these portraits, created by placing each person on a pedestal of imagination. With many of my photos, I believe I captured that unique essence and spark that is the great contributor that plays to our individual strengths.

Identity and perception played a great part in the development of this huge body of work and is a theme I continue working with today.

  • JASON

    Polaroids. There was equalizing power in the creation of these portraits, created by placing each person on a pedestal of imagination. With many of my photos, I believe I captured that unique essence and spark that is the great contributor that plays to our individual strengths.
  • BEAUTIFUL

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • EDDY

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • CARNITAS

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • ROBERT

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • DAN

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • MIKE & NIKKI

    Polaroid Time Zero.
  • ERIN

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • UNKNOWN

    Polaroid Spectra.
  • JOEL

    Polaroid Spectra.

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