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Jonathan Sims
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings are attempts to create compelling compositions that find their purpose in subtle geometric manipulations of shape. My work of the last three years has been focused on experimenting with creating aesthetic structures in the abstract, composited with the asemic glyphs and black fields which have come to characterize my work. My designs are intentionally non-objective, but I must admit to the influence of graphic design, suprematism, and mass media. Conceptually, the symbolic emblems and fictional linguistic glyphs are more direct in their purpose—they are representative of the myriad symbols that literate human beings associate with meaning and communicative purpose. They are subtle contrivances that elicit the bare feeling that there is a deeper linguistic intention, though the glyphs are purposefully devoid of meaning. Through compositional arrangement and nods to true but obscure scripts, these glyphs are visual depictions of the incredible power of modern humanity to encode and decode complex symbols into the most important and elusive element that makes us unique creatures: our ability to communicate. These symbols have the capacity for infinite depth of meaning, and though I could utilize a heart symbol or a swastika, a crucifix or the letter A, I chose instead to adopt a subtractive process of asemic and nonlinguistic symbolism, much like my predominant painting technique that removes all but the masked colors from the panel. Through this, I hope that I can find an indirect and organic way to connect to the viewer that lies well outside spoken or written language. June 2014
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  • The Enseigne Series
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • The Arbuckle Hollow Projections 2
    Digital Image

  • Enseigne and Baniere for an Unknown Viscount of Al Kalb al Rai
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • Untitled
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • Oblations
    2014
    Ink and Acrylic on Panel

  • The EcoHacker Hut Projections
    2014
    Digital Image

  • The Arbuckle Hollow Projections
    2014
    Digital Image

  • The EcoHacker Hut Projections
    2014
    Digital Image

  • The Arbuckle Hollow Projections
    2014
    Digital Image

  • Syntaxis Lineae No. 5: Hyperenor
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • The EcoHacker Hut Projections
    2014
    Digital Image

  • The Breochloch Briste Series
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • The Illuminatore Series
    2012
    Acrylic on Panel

  • Candescere
    2013
    Mixed Media

  • Candescere
    2013
    Mixed Media

  • The Cracian Permutations No. 1
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • The Cracian Permutations No. 4
    2014
    Acrylic on Panel

  • The Arbuckle Hollow Projections
    2014
    Digital Image
 








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