Giles Lyon

Alexandre de Folin

Giles Lyon’s new paintings combine high seriousness of purpose with a playfully cryptic use of material. They absorb a profusion of sources—from Pollock’s allover drips, Warhol’s “found” abstractions modeled on Rorschach inkblots, and Taaffe’s decorative motifs to Japanese animation and Dr. Seuss illustrations—into an intensely nervous stylistic mélange reminiscent of Texas Funk. Another realm of influences derives from Lyon’s interest in the sciences, particularly epidemiology and cell pathology; he once imagined a career as an illustrator for biology books. But no earnest clinicality precludes the scatological humor that characterizes these works, nor the artist’s physical mistreatment of the canvas.

The six large paintings on view comprised two types of abstractions that juxtapose the chaotic and the controlled: woven patterns in a full palette and gestural cavortings in pairs of

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