Lucas Price: Dumb Poetry @ Lazarides Rathbone

“Price’s most recent work deconstructs the traditional still life and begins an experimental line of enquiry into the relationship between objects and language. Price’s growing interest in both the transcendental nature of inert things and their potential to be understood fully is played out by recombining appropriated images with associative fragments of text.”


Words by Bossman75

My first experience of Lucas Price was through his exhibition ‘The Way Of All Flesh’ that fused Baroque-era portraiture with late vanitas paintings and vaporous street art motifs at The Outsiders London in 2013. Then he was known as Cyclops, his Teenage Phantasm bodies of work were beautiful and otherworldly. The still-life skulls donned in Supreme street-wear caps barb was both big and clever.

Now he’s showing at Lazarides Rathbone with a major new solo exhibition entitled Dumb Poetry. Interestingly in my research into Lucas Price and this exhibition I learned that alongside his fine art career he also founded postmodernist menswear label, A.Four Labs, with Tokyo-based designer Kazuki Kuraishi. I was genuinely upset at missing opening night, but there’s plenty of time to see the exhibition as it runs until the 10th September 2015.

Official PR words below –

“Using a combination of photorealism, hard-edged abstraction and text, the London-based artist has created a new series of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The exhibition deconstructs the traditional still life and opens up an intuitive line of enquiry into the complex relationships between object and language.

Price’s latest paintings combine a series of loaded objects, including basketballs, tyres and fire extinguishers, alongside short bursts of open-ended language. From his earliest paintings the artist’s work has incorporated the use of text and in these most recent works this idea is again brought into play alongside a series of harshly-lit sculptural forms.

Price’s interest in both the transcendental nature of inert things and their potential to be understood fully is played out by overlaying a system of images with provocative fragments of text. He experiments with a combination of stripped back phrases and bold imagery to change the overall meaning of the content, further developing a personal visual language which takes poetry as its starting point.

Dumb Poetry presents a refined body of work that deals with a multivalent collection of stark images and free associative words to powerful effect, drawing from sources within contemporary culture and recombining them in subtle and unique ways.”

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