Peter Linde Busk
To Carthage Then I Came Where a Cauldron of Unholy Loves Sang All about My Ears
7 October – 9 November 2016
Josh Lilley is proud to present Peter Linde Busk's second solo exhibition at the gallery.
The title of the show is drawn from Augustine’s Confessions (AD 397–400), the autobiographical books in which the early theologian and doctor of grace chronicled his journey through youthful sin into Christianity. Augustine arrived in Carthage as a 17-year-old innocent, where he was met by overwhelming hedonistic temptation, the cauldron of unholy loves. He succumbed.
Busk's body of work for this exhibition is about arrival in a new place. With a series of intensely built-up figurative works in painting, collage, mosaic, ceramic and bronze, often in assemblage form, To Carthage Then I Came takes the viewer to the people who populate that place. The traveller is armed with faith and a moral compass, the tools of pilgrimage, yet finds himself emotionally unprepared for the characters he encounters.
Busk depicts figures in motion, the banished and deposed who carry the weight of their past experience, wrought by their miles but still in one piece. Busk visualizes and enacts the cycles of endeavour and failure that propel the pioneer as much as the exile. He follows a rhythm of rigorous material invention, his new collages with bolted-on clay elements elude ready categorisation, while obeying an unbound intuitive expression inherited from Art Brut and CoBRA. Busk is a student of the grotesque tradition: his thickly accreted characters tell of both profound pathos and a feral state. To share their space is to join the steady but uncertain journey to their destination.
Peter Linde Busk (b. 1973, Copenhagen) studied between 2002 and 2009 at the Slade School of Art, London; Hunter College, New York; the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (under Peter Doig); and the Royal Academy, London. In the past decade he has been the subject of institutional solo exhibitions at the Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden; GL STRAND, Copenhagen; and the Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark; in addition to solo and group exhibitions at the Soane Museum and Saatchi Gallery, London; Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Studio Voltaire at BolteLang, Zurich; Derek Eller Gallery and the Hole, New York; MONITOR, Rome; and Galleri Christina Wilson and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen. Busk participated in Josh Lilley's first show in 2009.