Annie Lapin at Josh Lilley
they use these familiar tropes as a starting point to be broken down, contradicted, played with and evolved into something specific to itself. They transcend the strategic. ‘Picture Shell For Hermit Projection’ suggests an Italianate, Turneresque landscape – cerulean blue sky moving down into pale ‘clouds’, a tree shape framing the right hand side. But the landscape comes apart as you look at it, and without the top half to lend it the feel of a gorge in shadow, the lower part of the painting would read as vertical abstract gestures that create a space that’s very difficult to define – a sort of vertical layering replacing the expected perspective – while the gestures’ ‘tree-ness’ is shown to be only a function of their position.It's definitely their falling apart that captures my interest, their instantly familiar until they slip away into something else.
|Deep Body, 2013 Oil on canvas 52 x 42 inches|
|Thing that happens to memory, 2013 Oil and mixed media on canvas 32 x 25 inches|
|Upward Land Color Projection, 2013, Oil on canvas, 52 x 42|