Catharine Clark Gallery is pleased to present the concurrent solo exhibitions: Shadow, new works on paper by Jonathan Solo, and Love to Lose, video, sculpture, and photography by Kambui Olujimi. The exhibition dates are January 8 – February 19, 2011. Both artists will be present for the opening reception on Saturday, January 8, 5–7 pm.
In Shadow, Jonathan Solo’s second solo exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery, the artist endeavors to visually represent the “Shadow,” the archetype from Jungian psychology that personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself, his shortcomings and repressed instincts. Still confronting themes of shame, identity, and growth, Solo’s new works depart from the previously light, delicate collaged pencil drawings toward dark, graphite-colored shapes. Appearing as masks, the figures reveal various body parts through small orifices. This new body of work, all self-portraits, explores the darkness of the human psyche while acknowledging the shadow as a potential source of healing and development.
Jonathan Solo credits Romare Bearden’s careful collaging as inspiration for his own artistic practice and further sites Diane Arbus’s photographs as a key influence on his interest in the intersections of male and female identities, queer culture, gender dysphoria, and transgender issues. His drawings are often compared to photographs, because of their technical precision assisted by careful assembling of disparate images often culled from fashion magazines, vintage family photographs, and the female iconography of Catholicism. The resulting pieces are cut and re-assembled by hand on a pristine sheet of cream-colored paper. Solo’s fine draftsmanship is perhaps all the more impressive since he is self-taught and one of his visual pathways never developed, making him blind in his right eye. Recently, Solo exhibited at Exile in Berlin and he was the only male artist to have work included in the exhibition on the subject of feminism, Small Things End, Great Things Endure at New Langton Arts in 2008. His work was presented in Selections from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection at the de Young Museum, San Francisco in 2007, and has been awarded a Fountainhead Residency in Miami this year. Solo lives and works in San Francisco. This is his second solo exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery.