David Eastwood

5 – 30 November 2016

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David Eastwood

Voyeur 152×152cm oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester

David Eastwood

The Atemporal Mirror

5 – 30 November 2016
Opening 6pm Tuesday 8 November

The Atemporal Mirror reflects David Eastwood’s interest in posthumously reconstructed artists’ studios. Focusing on Francis Bacon’s studio, a recurring motif in this exhibition is the circular mirror dating back to Bacon’s first career as a furniture designer. Eastwood’s multilayered paintings explore the shifting contexts of Bacon’s mirror, a witness to the various phases of the artist’s workspace, from his sleek design studio in 1930 to the chaos of his painting studio from the 1960s onwards, and to its current status as a museum artefact at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

Gilles Deleuze identifies the significance of mirrors within Bacon’s work, describing them as “prostheses-instruments” which extend and contort the body. There is a philosophical significance implied here, challenging the notion of a privileged, autonomous human subject. Bacon’s protagonists are typically disfigured and augmented by non-human props, and the dependence on the mirror as a prosthesis might be understood as a useful metaphor for the artist’s relationship to the studio as a contributor to the creative process.

Working towards this exhibition, Eastwood created a copy of Bacon’s blemished mirror and positioned it in his own studio opposite the easel. Disrupted reflections observed within the patinated silver have informed a corresponding approach to painting. Visual interference emerges via layers of gestural marks that act as a counterpoint to the figurative elements. Much of the imagery in the paintings is derived from archival photographs in the Francis Bacon Studio Database at The Hugh Lane. A key source of inspiration is a set of images from the 1960s featuring George Dyer, Bacon’s lover, posing in front of the studio mirror for photographer John Deakin. For Eastwood, the workspace of Francis Bacon becomes a virtual studio. Its complex historical and present-day contexts are encountered through the mirror, reimagined as an atemporal portal.

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    David Eastwood

    Exit 51×71cm oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester

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    David Eastwood

    The Surrogate 2016 oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester 152×167cm

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    David Eastwood

    Repoussoir 2016 acrylic on linen 122×101cm

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    David Eastwood

    Prosthesis 2015 acrylic on polyester 41×51cm

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    David Eastwood

    David Eastwood Passage 2016 oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester 41×41cm

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    David Eastwood

    Portal 46×38cm oil on polyester

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    David Eastwood

    Impedimenta 51×71cm oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester

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    David Eastwood

    Studio 152×198cm oil, enamel and acrylic on polyester

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    David Eastwood

    Mirror 2015 oil on polyester 50×50cm

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    Installation shot of The Atemporal Mirror including Eastwood's remake of Bacon's studio mirror


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