Derek Paul Boyle


Why should a butter knife not be made of butter? I mean, it’s called a butterknife, right? In an almost childlike manner Derek Paul Boyle discusses the power of opposition. Why should you look at the ground and not see the sky? He is fascinated by and tempts him at the same time to break through a specified condition and to contradict expectations. Why does something always have to follow a supposedly fixed definition? Boyle plays downright with the viewer and the created contradictions. He himself says: ‘I am interested in the power of contradiction, the lure of anticipation, and incompatible states of the self – what was once bound is made free, the known made unknown. In a wavering step between angst and serenity, fear and pleasure, I want to give form to anxiety, a shape to tension.’

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