For some years now Simon Strong and Robert Doble have been collaborating on a unique body of work that explores not only the human body, but the extremes of their own use of materiality. Combining cutting edge photographic technologies with the time honoured use of paint in abstraction,
Forever restless, Doble & Strong have expanded their collaboration and in doing so have taken their sense of timelessness, of mixed alchemical processes even further. Their new collaborators are somewhat unusual in the contemporary art world sense. They are a group of Tibetan weavers in Nepal.
It would, perhaps be more accurate to say that their new collaborators are Behruz Studio, a group renowned for design and quality. In taking on this collaboration Doble & Strong have shifted materials from gloss enamels and chromogenic prints to bespoke hand woven silk and wool. If Doble knows paint and Strong knows technology and photography, it is Behruz Aligorgi who knows silk and wool.
Derived largely via a fascination with the human body, Doble & Strong ‘operate’ on the form. The weavers have caught this sense of organic flow. While keeping astoundingly loyal to the original designs. I have long been a fan of Doble & Strong and this latest collaboration with Behruz Studio is breathtakingly stunning!