Thousands of light years from here
Opening on Thursday 10.01.19 at 6pm
Exhibition 11.01.19 – 22.02.19
Visual artist Jonathan Sullam (Brussels, 1979) resorts to ever-changing moods and genres by advocating a protean-based body of work. Over time he has developed a visual language using paradoxical approaches when apprehending objects. These tend to convey an emotional scape through conﬂicting interpretations of their referential usage or status.
The artworks on display involve two assessments of space. The ﬁrst falls within the remit of immediate sensations and shaping of materials, such as folding, curving and cutting through them. It determines the spatial dimension, the space taken up by an element. The second is understood as a coating aspect, deﬁned with spray paint, surface cleansing and polishing and refers to depth of surface and time spent. These two gestural assessments bond together the physical experience and the representation of the surrounding space and time. Time and space are essential elements to grasp the crystallized or suspended appeal of the artworks ranging from organic forms to smooth, industrial, inanimate objects devoid of any trace or gesture. Through layers of paint and varnish, the artworks attempt to go beyond classic monochromes, using immersion and absorption within the work to bring depth and space to a uniﬁed surface. Reﬂecting long-held underlying preoccupations in Jonathan Sullam’s practice, the structures are spatial sculptures, yet they signiﬁcantly refer to painting.
The exhibited sculptures also contain a cosmological aspect, looking towards the sky and horizon. The title « Thousands of light years from here » is a hyperbole, underlining the distance taken from the spatial ‘here and now’, understood as Earth. In a Euclidian dimension seeking an exterior point of reference, it is here a way of turning one’s back to our world and outwardly readjusting one’s gaze.
Image © Jonathan Sullam, Pranahuti, 2019, Aluminium black coated surface and holographic powder (detail)