Tusk Disk by Richard Boyd-Dunlop $8,000 Status: Available
In Richard Boyd-Dunlop’s recent practice, dense rhythms and repetitions of form invoke the connection we experience through our shared cultural referents. His work expresses how our currencies, which so often include the pop cultural material that we’ve all assimilated and loved in its various forms, the comics, cartoons and arcade games, are in some sense tribal and reach beyond mere product or commodity to
become shared symbols, a lingua franca.
The starting point for Boyd-Dunlop’s work is that form of drawing that is closest to dreaming, doodling. It’s freewheeling associations overrun boundaries to move simultaneously in all directions. He describes his working method as one where each painting has been generated by the narratives of the one before it; in this way the works constitute something like the screengrabs of a constantly mutating, recombinant project.
We’re reminded of the ever-replicating patterns and echoes of tribal or folk art. Boyd-Dunlop’s work is often a tapestry-like matrix of forms and fragments, an ultrasymmetrical vortex where half-remembered cartoons and idiosyncratic versions of retro icons emerge from clouds of possibility. It links the lysergic aspects of sixties Pop with the implicit psychedelia of contemporary digital culture and the kaleidoscopic structure of the internet.
This, together with Boyd-Dunlop’s interest in non-traditional materials and processes – glitter, neon strips, holography, discs – often edge the paintings towards the celebratory dazzle of religious artforms, particularly mandalas and stained glass. But they also bring to mind the densely layered online constructions of Beeple and r/Place that seem to transcend the limitations of the still image and transform as we watch, registering the dizzying overloads of contemporary culture.