Jackson, Madonna, Prince
19 June - 3 July 2010
Sarah Doyle's lively series of drawings are created on the pages of a colouring book - of which the printed, bubbly outlines of monkeys, houses, gardens, jolly looking people and so forth are still visible. Printed images like these are approximations of reality and at early age form the foundations of our ability to read, recognise and participate with images, icons and symbols.
Doyle's felt tip pen drawings respond to the call of the book, to colour in, but the response uses a completely different set of imagery, that of iconic pop stars. In spite of what we know about the subject matter - Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna - Doyle's multifarious representations manage to carve out a space that avoids a kind of pop art nausea caused by an over-familiarity with the subject, and the interpretation of the subject in art.
In short her deployment of two sets of imagery, the book's, and the pop stars' complicates our reading of the work and creating a deeply peculiar and idiosyncratic set of drawings.
Trade will present a selection of artworks from Doyle's series of 100 Michael Jacksons, 100 Madonnas, 100 Princes, in the main gallery space.
Recent exhibitions include - 'The Nexus Treatment', Space Station Sixty-Five Gallery and 'Celebrated Sobriquets', The Surgery London. Group Exhibitions include - Transition Gallery, London, Primo Alonso, London The Portman Gallery, , London and Elevator Gallery, London. Doyle's work also includes collaborations with Elle magazine, Tatty Devine, Upset! The Rhythm, Surface 2 Air.