Characterized by both a profound fascination with the methodology of the creative process, and with the mechanisms of image reproduction and dissemination, Lyle Starr’s ongoing oeuvre has rightfully garnered him acknowledgment as a distinctive artistic personality. Utilizing popular culture’s constant flow of throw-away imagery, his work locates and portrays us in today’s multimedia world. His colorful universe draws from everyday sources such as newspaper supplements, holiday wrapping papers, catalogues, and picture books. Starr successfully brings to light the primacy of these simple and oft-ignored sources, further manipulating form and subject through reproduction, organization, and meticulous application in both his paintings and drawings.
Some of Starr’s most recent work, such as 2009’s “Death,” “Dread,” and “Panic,” were prompted by radio news coverage of tragic world events and reveal mass-communication’s capacity to elicit emotion and image through language. His previous exhibitions include: Martos Gallery, New York (2009, 2008, 2002, 2001, 2000); Dieu Donne Papermill, New York (2005); “Score: Action Drawing”, White Columns, New York (2004); “Años Luz”, Instituto Oscar Dominguez, Tenerife, Spain (2000); “Current Undercurrent”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (1997).
His drawings and paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland.