Berlin based British artist Lee Wagstaff presents a new series of geometric and optical paintings that are his response to the endless assault of imagery presented to us in this digital age. Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration these meticulously rendered works in oil and enamel paints challenges the viewer to find meaning in the meaningless.
Wagstaff starts by using pattern generating algorithms to fragment and manipulate his source material, drawn from nature, art history, popular culture and pornography. By intentionally reducing or obfuscating images, all that is left in the final painting is an essence of an image that the brain is forced to try and make whole again. At the same time the viewer is overstimulated and misdirected by staccato like movements within the monotone geometric patterns.