Idolum - at Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti, Milan
Boo SavilleWed 15 Sep 2010 - Sat 15 Jan 2011
The first solo show in Italy by British artist Boo Saville will present new work exploring the artist’s discovery and representation of found images, and the delicate balance between a direct link with the original depiction and the otherworldliness of the scenes encompassed. The name ‘Idolum’ refers to the word meaning a phantom appearance or image, which can also be a mental image or idea.
The first solo show in Italy by British artist Boo Saville will present new work exploring the artist’s discovery and representation of found images, and the delicate balance between a direct link with the original depiction and the otherworldliness of the scenes encompassed. The name ‘Idolum’ refers to the word meaning a phantom appearance or image, which can also be a mental image or idea.

The images are sourced through various means, but primarily the internet, as well as archeological textbooks and documentary guides on subjects that have long fascinated the artist - mummies, death scenes, anatomical studies to name a few. The show will present paintings derived from photographs found in these sources, translated into ephemeral and beautifully figurative works. The documentary assumes a narrative, as Saville embodies her palatte with the mellow tones of the original image, while the brushstrokes distance the viewer from a literal depiction of the original. There will be 5 square paintings 1 metre wide, with subjects ranging from friendly ghosts, clowns to seascapes, with small gessoed panels of graveyards, notably Pere lachaise in Paris. Here in essence is nature asserting its dominance in the eyes of human existence and mortality, the roots grow up from around the base of tombs whilst from above branches cast shadows in the unforgiving sunlight.

The show is the culmination of an obsessive collection of images. Hunting the internet Saville is interested in the lost and ephemeral nature of these photographs. "I am attracted both to the abstract nature of these images but also in the long process of obtaining them, like special fragments of the past. I see them as objects in themselves and capture moments of wonder or camera errors which reveal a hidden movement or moment. I am fascinated by the ridiculous nature of superstitions and religions and want to harness this imagery. For me this hunt makes the images so intimate, I feel I am weaving someone else's story into my own."

A place I have never been
46 x 60 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

After Image
30 x 42 cms
Household bleach on blackout canvas
2010

All that is left is all there ever was (Head Studies in Blue)
24 x 30 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

All that is left is all there ever was (Head Studies in Blue)
24 x 30 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

All that is left is all there ever was (Head Studies in Blue)
24 x 30 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

At the end of myself
36 x 47 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

BOO!
100 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Electric Indian
42 x 51 x 2 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Forest Fire
80 x 60 x 2 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Green Indian
40.5 x 51.5 cms
Oil on canvas
2009

Idolum
100 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Jar Head
71 x 91 cms
Household bleach on blackout canvas
2010

Kimono back (feeling blue)
70 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Kimono front (feeling blue)
70 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Mask
60 x 85 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Pere lachaise (broken monument)
15 x 20 cms
Enamel on gesso board
2008

Pere lachaise (effigy)
15 x 20 cms
Enamel on gesso board
2008

Pink Party (with masks)
100 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Red Indian
40.5 x 51.5 cms
Oil on canvas
2009

Remnant
35 x 40 cms
Household bleach on blackout canvas
2010

Scaredy Cat
80 x 60 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Seance
40 x 40 x 3 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Study for Casper
24 x 30 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Suffering
30 x 40 cms
Household bleach on blackout canvas
2010

The Believers
60 x 80 x 3 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

The Dancers (part one)
60 x 80 x 3 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

The Dancers (part two)
60 x 80 x 3 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

The Lace Eater
41 x 51 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Thy Rapt Soul Sitting In Thine Eyes
100 x 100 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Tobit (the blind man)
30 x 43 cms
Household bleach on blackout canvas
2010

Under water
36 x 47 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010

Wigwam
60 x 80 x 4 cms
Oil on canvas
2010