Luke Diiorio (b. 1983) was born in Pennsylvania and, currently, lives and works in London. In 2013, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Diiorio addresses the physical process of making with an exquisite lyricism that can only be born of artistic maturity. By questioning the fundamental roles assigned to form, material and content, his work poses critical questions which seem simultaneously obvious and radical: Under what circumstances do two distinct materials operate in harmony? In opposition? As one? Following in the footsteps of artists like Robert Ryman and Blinky Palermo, Diiorio departs from many preconceived processes. Instead of placing the emphasis on extending the limits that define form and material, his paintings extend our knowledge and awareness of those limits to produce a more acute sensitivity and to elicit an intrinsic response to the works. Aluminium, canvas, linen and wood are merely finite materials; however, the painter’s ability to manipulate our perception of these things extends far beyond the simplicity of their physicality. Diiorio’s presentation of everyday materials forces us to second-guess their origin. Many of the works exude a chameleon-like quality. Diiorio eschews any particular stylistic format because style tends to predetermine, and hence limit, the composition. Instead, he preserves a provisional aesthetic throughout his process, replacing content and subject matter with circumstance and intuition. As such, his work comes to fruition from the simple need to exist, and to express its existence. The studio itself plays an essential role in the creation of his work as his compositions drift well beyond the surface of the painting and remnants are recycled and appropriated back into paintings. Operating upon the philosophy that certain strategies, manoeuvres and devices involved in painting often obstruct our pure ability to perceive, Diiorio’s creations relieve painting of its illusion and narrative. The end result is a refreshing and rare perceptual freedom. Diiorio begins with the unfamiliar, an undirected creation. By working from something that he does not quite know how to achieve, he uncovers a result which reflects a truer reality. Born of the unconscious, the familiar and expected are shuffled. The ensuing aesthetic vision is a product of accident, negotiation and failure.
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