Lloyd Durling - Lacunae
22 October - 2 December 2016

In his new series of small, delicate works on paper Lloyd Durling explores the interface between drawing, collage and painting. Central to the series is an intense engagement with glassine: a glossy, semi-transparent paper normally used in conservation rather than as a surface to be painted upon in its own right. In Durling’s hands, glassine is used as the ground for a series of graphic, semi-abstract shapes, where texture is as important as colour in the play between the glossy surface of the paper and various densities of paint.

Using black printing ink to carve out space along with a condensed palette of blues and greys, Durling has created works that are more akin to stained glass than paint on canvas. The white of the wall provides the contrast to painted sections, referencing a process of collage where the material of both glassine and wall are put alongside the different textures of oil and ink.

Like the works of Clyfford Still, which have been a long-time influence for Durling, here shapes, textures and colours are brought together as if the paint has been cut into or torn away. His interest in keeping the transparent ground of the glossy paper draws on the ephemeral quality of medieval wall paintings, where the paint hovers on the rough texture of the wall.

The works have titles that indicate an attention to process and chance, as well as figurative and sculptural associations that invite the viewer to imaginatively interpret his fluid, dancing shapes.

Catherine Grant, 2016