Gold monkey shooting smoke, 2012
photograph of studio floor printed onto paper, acrylic and spray paint, tape
122 x 92 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Boetzelaer|Nispen, London
‘Parrot and Grasshopper on a Treetrunk with no Handles’
11.07.2012 - 11.08.2012
In July and August Boetzelaer|Nispen will present a show of new works by Peter Lamb. Works will include large scale prints, paintings and neon.
The show will consist of works in several media all referring to the artist’s studio floor. In the work the studio floor is always the figurative starting point, acting as a ready-made abstract painting with incidental markings made from previous painting attempts.
By photographing the floor and mounting the image onto dibond aluminium it provides an optical double-take that positions the viewer in an impossible space. A further step towards abstraction is taken when Peter starts adding to the photo, either by painting or rubbing the work on the floor to make it pick up debris. Materials such as masking tape that form the figurative aspects of the photo are slowly phased out leaving just traces of recognisable imagery. Once the work is finished, Peter uses the uninhibited imaginative nature of his own children to come up with titles as they have a tendency to see unintended figurative forms in the abstract results. By titling the work with a reference to the figurative element, a journey is made between representation of reality, abstraction and back again, all within the confines of the spatial and thematic aspect of Peter’s studio. In the works in the show this process will be applied to photographs, canvases, large prints and neon.
The show will run from the 12th of July to the 11th of August at Boetzelaer|Nispen.
A catalogue about this new body of work with a text by Martin Holman will be published coinciding with the show.
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