Work by Jon Verney (MFA 2016) is featured in Rive, a solo exhibition at SACI Gallery in Chelsea, NY February 7 — April 25, 2019.
Centered on themes of entropy and transformation, Rive presents a selection of works made from a chance-driven process of deconstructing photographic emulsion. The source material for this work is a collection of found polaroid photographs. These photos are at once wondrous and melancholic, precious and unremarkable. Sourced online and long untethered from their original owners, these snapshots feel frozen in an inarticulate stasis, but also full of material potential to release. To break them out of this inertia, I expose their aged emulsions to heat and steam, causing the images to undergo radical transmutations. Split, riven, and fractured, the polaroids partially collapse into chaotic abstractions; the small moments become seismic. In this disruption, the relative banality of the original imagery is cracked open to reveal vast networks of fractal patterns and reticulation. These freshly fragmented scenes act as conduits of flowing energy and movement, emoting larger natural structures of geological and cosmic change.
Jon Verney: Rive
Exhibition dates: February 7 — April 25, 2019
Opening Reception: February 7, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 18, 6 – 7pm
454 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Gallery hours: Mon — Fri, 9 – 5pm