Opening Reception Thursday, October 2
Initial Gallery is pleased to present The Never Thriving of Jugglers featuring recent work by Vancouver-based painter Jonathan Syme. Syme’s latest paintings are a collision of techniques seen throughout his artistic practice utilized to further develop an abstract visual language. Art-historical elements such as Modernist gestures and a Pop Art inspired colour palette, clash and merge with contemporary digital visual references, image overlay and analog colour gradients. An initially overwhelming mélange of optical stimulation are revealed as a careful push and pull of colour and form. Oscillating between chaos and control, Syme arrives at a visual balance, exploring the painting’s power to transform.
Jonathan Syme holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. The artist’s practice, primarily based in two-dimensional painting, also applies his technique and methodology to installation and sculpture. The artist has recently been exhibited at Monte Clark Gallery, WAAP, Equinox Gallery and Jeffery Boone Gallery.