Jane Bustin and Lina Lapelyte | The Astonishing
27 June - 11 July 2014 | Private View: Thursday 26 June 2014
The Astonishing by Jane Bustin is a series of paintings developed into modernist female icons, a balance of material, colour and structure. There is something strong and resolved in their form, but hints and sides of shadow and fragility in their effect.
The recent series of works ‘Tabitha’ and ‘St Christina the Astonishing' take their reference from 14th century frescoes, iconography and the stories behind the making of female Saints. Whilst the final painting resembles a formalist abstract construct, the choice of colour, paint and material used, directly reflects the psychological concept of the subject.
The myth of St Christina describes that in order for her to save other peoples souls, she had to take on other peoples suffering by subjecting herself to terrible ordeals such as climbing into burning ovens, falling from treetops only to appear unscathed hence earning the name ‘Christina the Astonishing’. The materials used in the paintings reflect these ideas: the luminous fluorescent and neon acrylic, the depth and longevity of oil paint and the use of copper with its historical healing powers and as a conductor of energies.
Where Are You? a work that involves female bodies and male voices; castrato arias and instrumental drones; Italian texts and English translations. It was first presented at the David Roberts Arts Foundation at Lina’s solo show ‘Everything I Do, I Do it Big’. The sound from the opening night’s performance will linger on in the space for the duration of the show.
Lina is also an active participant of London improvised music scene. Her collaborators include David Toop, Angharad Davies, Anat Ben David and Rhodrie Davies. Recently Lina Lapelyte has been shortlisted for the Arts foundation award and Brian Eno described her practice as ‘working right at the edge of what popular music could become.’
Jane Bustin, Christina the Astonishing, 2013 | Courtesy the artist