GL Brierley @ Carslaw St Lukes

GL Brierley’s “things” quietly inhabit the space of her canvas, enticing you to look . You’ll notice the influence of figuratisim, tenebrism, and the traditions of still life. These paintings however, are unlike anything else you might have seen.

GL has total control of her medium and no control at the same time. She combines paint on the canvas to react, producing life itself. An oil based primordial soup applied to a rectangular aluminium petri dish. You really have to see the work up close to to understand. Perhaps you could describe the artist as “the creator”. It’s a platitudinal metaphor, but apt in many ways. Scientists believe life is the product of chemical fusion. The religious believe there is a controlling hand. These paintings are unarguable proof of both theories.

Unlike the creatures that inhabited the earth in the early years these malformed, but beguiling entities seem to demand deeply complex emotions.¬†Very quickly you form a relationship. Questions are formed in your head. “Why is it there?” “Does it need help?” Should I take it home?” “Is it an it, or is it a her?”

Then you being to question your own emotional responses. “Should i feel attracted to this?” “Why am i feeling sorry for it?” The full gamut of human emotions reveal themselves, the sort that get psychoanalysts hot under the collar.

GL seemingly tries to challenge you by pushing the creations to their most unsettling and explicit (maybe that just my interpretation). Sometimes challenging you by adding bright manmade colours in thick impasto just to shake you. Perhaps it’s a reminder that this is just paint and she’s just a a painter.These are distinctly timeless works. They look like they’ve been around for hundreds of years already. There is no doubt they’ll be enchanting and horrifying people in equal measure for many centuries to come.

This exhibition runs till 17th November.  Go see.

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