DANIEL BOYD - THE LAW OF CLOSURE
isbn 9780987353054 PERIMETER EDITIONS
Idea Code 15529 $62.00
Sydney-based artist Daniel Boyd’s particular iteration of postcolonial history painting, video, and installation work seems to centre on the deletion of information and history, especially in relation to Boyd’s Aboriginal and Vanuatuan heritage. But there is more to his distinctive pointillist technique, in which he blackens much of the surface, leaving only flashes of perceptual detail that reveal the information beneath, than a simple rumination on erasure. Boyd’s devices are not just about absence, but a kind of psycho-historical ellipsis, and the enshrouding dark matter is as much an element of the image as are the landscapes, portraits, reflections, and refractions of light.
218 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 27 cm, pb, English