w/ Billy McCarroll
Billy McCarroll is an Albertan artist and maintains both a visual art and music practice. His practice draws on art historical, text and musical references that are translated in his truly unique and graphic style.
In an effort to maintain safety measures and ensure physical distancing, we have been visiting our artists in their studios virtually. Double Insight is a new series which offers a glimpse into the artist studio and workplace; the sacred place where creative life and creative process coexist.
In these works a rigid order is employed with his familiar use of the grid and yet loose experimental pops of colour and intricate patterns become by-chance arrangements. Black text on white paper surrounded by solid geometric shapes of intense chroma give way to small windows of what could be described as complete works within the whole of the larger canvas.
Intuitive, lyrical and rhythmic it makes one wonder if there isn’t a McCarroll musical composition lurking in these paintings…
McCarroll centres his paintings around procedural systems, collage, endless layers of gesso and paint applied in an automatic fashion creating a silky ground that is dancing with text, colour and pattern. McCarroll compositions are masterful and his ability to express and experiment with text, colour and form invite the viewer to pause, take note, and question your observations.