West Gallery presents Hamilton Sulit’s 3rd solo show, Walking Through Darkness, which continues the arcane narratives from his previous solo exhibition entitled Haunted. Sulit’s narratives, which double as the artist’s memoirs, are cloaked within the symbolic artifices of a desolate place—dark, remote, ravaged by crows. This is where the peripheral recollections of people and places and the interior psyche of symbolisms and dreams meet, tearing the canvas into layers of images, making way for the possibilities of meta-narratives.
In Flotsam and Jetsam, Jonathan Ching explores the possibilities presented by the triptych as a form: all the paintings in the exhibition are in three panels. A triptych, said Ching, allows an artist to break up a picture both physically and metaphorically. “I can choose to juxtapose images that may or may not be related, and present a new take on them as an image or idea.”
The mind needs a bath too just as the body needs a bath to be refreshed and renewed. In the tiny gallery space, Frederick Sausa created something like a mental bath room for ritual cleansing. The circle, representing both infinity and nothing, works like a soap for the brain. A space for “zoning out,” it is “attuned to the metaphysical bleakness but temporal” (Sausa). In here, time may expand or compress, or one may attain a state of no time. In this dead air, one can travel inner-space and confront the ennui that is always there.
Stencil Spray on Framed Canvas
48" x 48"
Catalog No. 10127