Last night I drove out to an artist reception for Jonathan Syltie’s exhibit called “Rectangular Roundabout.” Seeing art in real life beats seeing reproductions any day, and a reception gives the added bonus of meeting the live artist as well. He allowed me to take a few pictures, but honestly, even if I were a better photographer with a snappy camera these wouldn’t do his work justice. For one, the scale of these pieces is fabulous, from 2 feet across a construction to pieces spanning 8 or 10 feet. They are these unorthodox collections of unusually grouped objects connected at unusual angles with patterns, bits of portraits, and possibly some backwards text, which interact with all the other pieces across the whole gallery. The paint is applied in a dimensional way, which hides the canvas textures and encourages further exploration of his process. Furthermore, they are only pretending to be 3D, since they are mounted on unusually shaped canvases with spindles and furniture-type elements protruding from them and connecting other thickly set, shaped canvases.
My mind played a few tricks with my depth perception as I approached the pieces and observed them at different angles, and other things happened as my brain tried to collect information from these (I’m not sure what to call them) … Rube Goldberg a la mind map cum free association” pieces. I even noticed that a few were hanging at different angles from the images on the exhibit poster, and the artist did not mind at all. Anyway, If you can make the drive to Corsicana, Texas, about half way between Dallas and Waco, then you might also have the interesting experiecnce of seeing Jonathan Syltie’s art,
And it is great.
MORE about Jonathan Syltie’s art at http://www.jonathansyltieart.com