Incunable presents a new body of work by Lucas Dupuy, taking influence from his struggle with dyslexia from an early age to the present day.
When learning to read, Dupuy found that the shape of words were often blurred and would jump across the page. Dupuy mirrors this in this painting through loose abstract sprayed backgrounds on his works creating a blurred tension from the hard-edged shapes. Dupuy composes these unreadable shapes by repeating, copying, highlighting, while constructing the perception of textual shape and form. The grey palette of the presented works stems from Dupuy being given sheets of grey acetate when learning to read.
Incunable, originates from the Latin word ‘incunabula’ which refers to a book printed before 1501. These books are often unreadable to the common person today. The titles of the show also refers to the Autechre’s album incunabula. Music has had a major inpact on Dupuy’s work. Throughout his daily routine, both in and out of the studio, Dupuy absorbs himself in electronica. It is Autetchre’s album which has influenced his work most over the years, not just its sound but also the art work displayed on the album.
Through Dupuy’s life experience of dyslexia and the methods used to battle it, he has delivered an abstract world of the written word.
Lucas Dupuy, b. 1992 in London, is a recent graduate from the City & Guilds of London Art School. In 2017, Dupuy was awarded the Acme City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Prize along with the Clyde & Co Art Award.
Lucas Dupuy lives and works in London