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The Boyle Family

Various sources of information are noted below. The Boyle Family present an interesting way of working as a collective and are dedicated to successfully making art out of the banal. It made thing more about what needs to be frame in a picture to make it interesting to the viewer and that perhaps most photography can be too much attached to reflecting the recognisable. I will attempt some photos of abstractions from the everyday.

Eponymous website http://www.boylefamily.co.uk/boyle/about/index.html – accessed 1.3.15 provides background information and text explaining some of their work, based on the examination of everyday objects (some banal in the extreme, such as human urine).

The Tate’s website (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-boyle-797 -accessed 1.3.15) explains that ‘Between August 1968 and July 1969 he invited members of the public to his studio, where they were blindfolded and asked to throw darts at a map of the world. These randomly selected locations formed the start of the project Journey to the Surface of the Earth. Boyle and Hills planned to visit each of the locations and make an exact relief reproduction of an area of the surface there. The project was intended as a means of revealing the beauty and interest of traditionally banal materials, such as rock, earth and sand, and of making the viewer more perceptually aware. It became his life’s work, extended to include other places the artists happened to visit. From the 1980s, working as the Boyle Family, they were helped by their children, Georgia Boyle (b 1962) and Sebastian Boyle (b 1964).

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The Boyle family talking about and showing their own work on youtube (posted by the Tate) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol66h_oUOcY – accessed 1.3.15.


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