Liverpool artwork of the week 17. ‘Poem in the Rock’ 2002 Diptych by Terry Duffy in ‘Standing Stones’ exhibition at The Walker until June 8 2008
The title Standing Stones is a metaphor for humanity. It expresses Duffy’s long-term fascination with humankind’s legacy and the decisions made for good or evil by individuals, groups, societies and cultures.
Duffy’s work questions the very nature of painting by producing works of ambiguous and sculptural shapes. In his work brush strokes all but disappear within a membrane of colour and the slightest scratch, blemish or incision becomes crucial.
In the diptych Poem in the rock, completed in 2002, shape appears to act as a visual metaphor for the human torso, created with vibrant colours. The overall work suggests a positive sense of humanity.
Terry Duffy says: “Standing Stones will provide a fascinating and unique opportunity to contrast these unpredictably shaped spatial abstracts against the vast classical symmetry of the Walker Art Gallery”.