Berloni Gallery presents ‘BUILD!’, a solo exhibition by British painter Edward Coyle, following the artist’s twelve month on-site residency. Coyle creates a framework for his paintings from sources of media including 3D modelling software and data corruption processes, to form the basis of an empirical study into conjectured histories, and the potential renders of built space.
The paintings present solid and ephemeral structures in all manner of completion, and incursions of design that are presented simultaneously through an on-canvas-edit. Elements of the painting’s layered constructions are revealed and obscured, exposing ruptures, glitches and anachronisms that speak of a collective memory.The works in this series come into being directly on the canvas; the artist’s final renditions are the ultimate conclusion of painting upon painting, Coyle’s process is a continual act of rectifying, which in turn sacrifices any number of alternate products.
In fact only the artist can truly recall the works that precede the result, the viewer is merely given implicit traces, to generate a history of the image and Coyle’s practice via a reductive process. The completed canvases demonstrate an oscillation between the temporary and constant, real and abstract; each one on the cusp of its opposite. If the viewer focuses on any one portion of the surface itself, an overriding plane of paint and tone undermines any seeming subject, with the abstract taking over perception. But if the viewer steps back however, these works reveal concurrent perspectives and spatial clashes; the paintings are a topographic proposal for an imagined place that is at once aspirational, and optically at reality’s most complex.
Edward Coyle was born in Oxford in 1985. He studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 2004-08 and at The Princes Drawing School London 2008-10. The artist’s work has featured in The John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, 2010, ‘Drift’ at Lumen Gallery London 2012, The Other Art Fair, London 2012 and ‘The Impossible Heap’ at Galerie 8, London 2012. Coyle is currently a freelance Architectural visualiser and is Artist-in-residence at BERLONI, London.
Edward Coyle: BUILD! – Berloni Gallery – from 27 March to 9 May 2015