“Assemble” shows abstract, large scale paintings and silk screen prints, where Lucian Strindberg Boyle explores explores the notion of layered storytelling through the medium of painting. Having studied History of Art (BA, University of Reading) and Fine Arts (Slade School of Art, UCL), the artist demonstrates vast knowledge of art historical precedent as well as mastery in various painting techniques. For instance, the painting “Black rationality” is rooted in fascination by 17th century Flemish painting technique of depicting skin and Juhani Pallasmaa’s seminal book “The eyes of the skin” where Pallasmaa talks about the notion of membrane in art and architecture and the sight as the dominant sense of our era. Furthermore, Strindberg Boyle often incorporates architectural references in his art; so in “Whiplash” he references Phillip Johnson’s Glass House and storyline of the 2014 Damien Chazelle film “Whiplash”. The painting “Whiplash” tells a story of personal struggle of publicity (the see through aspect of the Glass House) and the urge to push ones boundaries and necessary privacy in order to create and progress.
Photography plays a crucial role in Lucian Strindberg Boyle’s practice as a starting point for the artworks on show. By using photographs and re-adapting them in different media he questions role of images in the age of visual reproducibility. With this in mind, the silk-screen prints he creates are unique works that deal with physicality of creating art.
Photo credit: Ansis Starks