After working for many years on sound projects, Berlin-based Ivan Seal (born 1973, England) began painting small-scale, crypto-narrative still lifes from his imagination. The juicy paint-handling and enigmatic subject matter turned my head at Frieze last month.
According to the artist, his work is a ‘hand-eye parasite that grows and grows’, likening it to ‘The Aristocrats’ joke comedians only tell to fellow professionals whose aim is not the punch-line but a middle so filthy it can barely be told; to the visions experienced in the comedown of a trip when one’s eyes and synapses see multiple realities; and to puzzles to which there are no wrong answers only a myriad of solutions. Paint is many things in his work; but it is also just paint, laid on a canvas, as bold, dumb and brilliant as that permits.(via RaebervonStenglin)
Let’s hope a local gallery invites Seal to have a solo show in the near.
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