In the monochrome big black and white acrylic works Zoé Byland (SU) uses both paint and airbrush techniques. It gives them a wonderful ’out of focus’ effect, and as a viewer you undergo a strange sense of sharpness and depth.
The subjects of all time are still current today: to create paintings that speak for themselves and do away with the boundary between high and low culture, counterpointing an elite art world that closed itself off to pop culture and counterculture. In the past fifteen years, many artists have taken up this tradition and supplemented the formal language with new elements, loading it with new content. Although they may work with the most diverse techniques, such as the classical painting medium or computer software, one can find among them a common trend toward narrative, dream-like scenarios, and uncanny-dark romanticism.