Title: Travel Paintings
Published by the Chisenhale Gallery, London, The Fruitmarket Gallery
Paperback, colour illustrations
Text by Max Wechsler
On my first encounter with Lisa Milroy’s Travel Paintings, I found them instantly fascinating but also somewhat disconcerting. In the meantime, the paintings have become more familiar, and the initial unease has given way to abiding perplexity. The content of these pictures is obviously a realistically reproduced reality that refers beyond itself in a very curious manner. This in itself is not surprising for it is - apart from a certain avant-gardistic concepts of modernism - a self-evident quality of any good painting. But it is nonetheless surprising inasmuch as the motifs must speak entirely for themselves. Milroy’s pictorial landscape is virtually unpeopled, devoid of anecdotal or narrative dimensions, and the casual character of the motifs hardly encourages metaphorical interpretation: carefully selected, they obviously target a certain neutrality, or, to put it differently, a casual normality. Behind the mask of commonplace motifs, representations of buildings in Kyoto, an interior in Vancouver or street scenes in Rome, London and Tokyo decidedly and patently pursue basic questions as to the essence of painting and the essence of the picture.
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