LOST ON THE MACHAIR by Alastair Gordon


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Alastair Gordon’s most recent work concerns the geo-political history of landscape in his native Scotland. Informed by recent visits to Lewis & Harris these new paintings are his most ambitious yet. At first, they are paintings about painting, and reference a specific form of trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) illusionism, called quodlibet (what you will), that proliferated in the 17th Century in Northern Europe. In this genre he paints objects to appear as ‘pinned’ or ‘taped’ in low relief. From which, questions arise about illusion, replication, and the veracity of images.