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Lisa Milroy @ Laura Genillard Gallery
30 April 2016 - 25 June 2016
Lisa Milroy explores the interplay between the framed and unframed, the actual and imagined, the object in the world and the object depicted – all ways to approach still life painting. This selection of paintings focuses on Milroy’s interest in pattern: rhythmic pattern in composition, and applied pattern as a pictorial characteristic of several of her painting motifs since the early 1980s, including items of clothing, examples of wallpaper and textiles, and the decoration of ceramics and everyday objects. Pattern informs a group of 3-dimensional paintings exhibited here, the ‘Weaving Paintings’ and ‘Reversibles’. Pattern also underpins Milroy’s design of functional objects, including her silk scarves for Slade Editions in 2014 and her Lisa Milroy fashion range launched in June 2015, featuring six hand-painted dresses. Out of Hand investigates the tension between the eye held by pattern and the mind stirred by metonymy. It addresses painting in terms of time and space as much as surface. The exhibition highlights the importance of the body in tandem with the mind in the experience of making and looking at paintings; and the physical and emotional sense of touch.