99 Loop will present two new solo exhibitions by Jonathan Silverman and Katherine Bull. The exhibitions will run from Saturday, 6 March to Saturday, 27 March 2021.
Steep Bend, Light Step | Jonathan Silverman
In the past year, reflecting on one’s mortality has been for most an involuntary existential burden. The spread of the pandemic has tethered individuals to the isolated confines of home, to the internet, and to the dead-ends of virtual realities, all cyclically failing us, leaving us hanging in a void of our own loneliness.
In Steep Bend, Light Step Jonathan Silverman weaves together a tapestry of vulnerability. With intricate charcoal drawings, an expansive five-piece verdant panorama, and large paintings, we are introduced to a budding new possibility of nature. The product of a dedicated introspection, Silverman identifies the cliff of our current despair releasing a lightness of being that allows a tireless expansiveness to take over.
It is from the sanction of isolation reverberating simultaneously across the globe that we realize a compounded loss: the technologies that were supposed to liberate us have been transformed into the watchtowers of our own imprisonment. In the techno-sphere of isolated connectivity, Silverman reveals a primal landscape of longing for a shared environment, for a nature that emerges in splendour.
Second Nature | Katherine Bull
In a series of paintings, Katherine Bull continues her exploration of online image archives as a kind of prosthetic consciousness. Taking her starting point in random scrolling through Instagram posts, the selected and layered images shift as they are translated into watery ink washes on cotton. In the process, the images of human-animals dissolve and transform as they spread into stains that are fixed, yet slippery to recognize in their fluidity.
This meditative process of painting in the peripheral zone between figurative and abstraction is for the artist a space of externalising an inner search for the nature of self in the face of personal loss and grief.
What: Jonathan Silverman and Katherine Bull
Where and when: 99 Loop from 6 to 27 March 2021