Botanical Transmutations: Selections From The Form and Space Series

Nathan Sullivan

January 5 - February 3

Opening Reception: Friday, January 5 5-8pm

Botanical Transmutations: Selections From The Form and Space Series - NATHAN SULLIVAN

Space Series #17, oil on panel, 32 x 48

The inspiration for my work often starts with small and mundane things. I find meaning can be contained in the smallest things, and poetry in the simplest moments. My practice is bound in phenomenology and my focus is directed at experiences with the natural world – its space, time and physicality. My works are drawn and painted to present and reflect upon prosaic objects and moments in order to bring attention to the ignored, the forgotten, and the unseen. It is the microcosms that are entries to greater understandings.

The Form Series explores the associative power of natural forms. By the alterations of scale, placement and context, the forms explored lose their concrete cognitive associations. The resulting images become indeterminate signifiers that viewers may readily associate with a multitude of objects and readings, resulting from their own experiences, and personal narratives. Through simultaneous recognitions, patterns emerge: natural forms beget associations of other, universal possibilities.

The idea for the Space Series continues to seed its inspiration from observations of natural forms. The series reimagines these forms’ sources of origin, scale and orientation. The invented environments that these forms inhabit or create explore alternative evolutions. They imagine a world that may be after, without or elsewhere from the human centric world in which we reside. Neither an utopian nor dystopian gesture, the work seeks to create a visual space that is both unexpected and bewildering yet familiar enough to inspire contemplation of different ways of being and seeing.

In a moment of recognizing the beauty that is to be found in the different, the unexpected, and the ignored, we are reminded of our fallibilities of judgment. My hope is that at its least, the work may stand as a prompt or aide-memoire; that value and judgment may be constructs; and that things of import may be in unlikely places, right under our noses, or feet. At its best, it may function to explicate multiplicity of the social order, of difference, in equal regard.