Lisa Milroy

Waddington Custot Galleries

The four paintings of collections of plates in this exhibition might seem at first to be characteristic of Lisa Milroy’s work. In fact, both the subject matter and the principles by which it is organized on the canvas are very different from her earlier work. A degree of randomness has appeared in Milroy’s new paintings. They are still surfaces showing things that have been, in one sense or another, ordered, but now the vagaries of nature are seen to have had a hand in their organization. Whereas the earlier paintings depicted commodities and the values associated with their conspicuous consumption, these works present an altogether altered picture. Repetition no longer means luxury and excess, but points us instead to the bargain basement. Variety has ceased to represent a range of available options, and now signals at best the inclusiveness of the collector’s eye, at worst the pressure

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