Bosse&Baum presents a solo booth by Luke Burton. The booth consists of two bodies of work that form one installation on three walls. On the central back wall there are four paintings. Each work shows a Baroque fountain standing in a field at night, infused with an atmosphere of stillness and silence, a distant horizon line below a cloudy sky. The fountains inhabit a world that feels recognisable but is, in fact, an artificial and constructed space.
These paintings create an atmosphere of ambivalence : celebratory symbols of power and prosperity stand alone, isolated in a magical but unsettling world. Oranges drop from the sky like rain, pomegranates hover around the fountainheads like satellites, and lemons are propelled out from jets of water into the landscape.
The fountain paintings are flanked on both sides with a number of small scale vitreous enamel paintings. These works reflect, visually and conceptually, the world inhabited by the fountains, but as if the paintings have been dispersed, fragmented and refracted through a glass prism. These objects recall the historical painting medium of the miniature as much as votive offerings and ancient artefacts. Finally, the painted black walls which hold these vitreous enamels have additional hand painted, atmospheric abstract forms that appear to reflect the clouds or fountain spray found in the paintings.
These works continue Burton’s interest in how symbolism operates across decorative visual culture and questions the relationship between craft, ornament and fine art in relation to taste, objecthood and materiality within painting. In addition to more conventional modes of painting, Burton is also interested in seeing painting as an expanded field, specifically in his use of seemingly anachronistic media such as folding screens or vitreous enamels.