T.E.A.M. Atlas (The Earth As My Atlas): Lucas Price’s solo collection is sometimes hard to place, being drawn from all corners of popular culture – indeed Price is something of an artistic magpie, in the best possible sense, flitting between diverse subject matter and presentation media.
Some of the pieces in this collection being exhibited at The Rove Gallery are more immediate than others; while his work is consistently visually engaging, in terms of meaning it can at times be a little obscure. His chipped Christ statue might speak to the decaying influence of Christianity in the modern world, and the subsequent piece, in which Jesus’ head is replaced with a skull, even more so. Then you come to a deflated basketball and you might be left nonplussed, but then perhaps that’s the point. Plants and Ghostface Killah lyrics are among the other oddments re-appropriated by Price in his series of oil paintings and carbon drawings.
Coming from a background of graffiti and street art, Price’s credentials stack up against the best – you don’t get invited to work on an Oscar-nominated Banksy film project unless you have skills. The Hoxton Square venue will host T.E.A.M. Atlas until 21st December.