Text by Joseph Loughborough
Expression and composition work hand in hand within these pieces. Although they are very different elements within an artistic process, each one is integral. Expression, the animal, unleashes emotion within the artist upon the medium, unconscious and irrespective of aesthetic. The more conscious thought placed on it, the more contrived it becomes. Composition, the calculated step sister, renders and tames. She acknowledges a moment within the process to take heed, step-back and employ artistic expertise. Or perhaps the process is vice versa.
These works were made in two steps. First at the studio, and then at my home. The Charcoal gestures were in the studio where I was free to make a mess and see what appeared that I could work with. Elements of the human form have always anchored my work to the concepts of the human condition while a symbolic visual communication pulling me back from the brink of complete abstraction. After this, the pieces were taken back home to my desk where I took time to experiment with adding the gold leaf, to ‘compose’ them.
In western religious art, gold in particular has been a symbol of the divine or the illuminated. I wanted to use this iconography within the series to convey the control of systematic religion imposes upon our culture, and at the same time to bring a little light to the darkness of the drawings. Nietzsche would not be pleased.
Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture. He lives in London, Paris and currently in Berlin.