The recent work of Andrew Lyles shows us a process remarkably one of a remarkably focused investigation of color and form. This process starts with an exploration of the possibilities with painting. Andrew works to find relationships within a surface that have meaning for him as a reference to the world as he sees it. These surfaces are rich and thick, heavily worked – an attempt to find an organization within the confines of a rectangle (sort of) that resonates. These surfaces indicate a “painter’s” struggle to resolve the conditions of the work within the constraints of this traditional focus. But he can’t. These surfaces become part of the world that he is responding to, and the process continues.
Andrew has stated: “It is like picking out your favorite marbles, then throwing them up in the air and seeing how they land.” The relationships between the various marbles catch his attention. In his process, he focuses first on what is in front of him, and then sets it aside. As these “parts” accrue, the relationships between them start to assert themselves. Found parts that find their way into his studio as elements from the world he sees join in the conversation. Constructed wood forms, built first as a singular exploration, become frameworks for the other parts. The ultimate work becomes a conversation between this assortment of personal histories, observations and objects, and they often change dramatically with a shift in context.