Archived Exhibition

Jonathan Faber: Surface

Jonathan Faber; Presence, 2012; pastel on paper; 22 x 30 in.

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 → Sat, Jan 5, 2013

Jonathan Faber

Houston Press

Jonathan Faber’s work involves the paradox of memory and observation, seeking out subjects that co-exist between the expansive and the intimate, the recognizable and the ambiguous. Subjects are drawn from domestic and landscape settings as they manifest from memories of places or things observed, lived with, or passed through.

The paintings undergo a continual process of editing and refining, retaining something of their past through the variety of built up layers. Barren muted spaces are interconnected with chaotic abstracted objects, synthesizing geometry and improvisational syntaxes. Spatial relationships break down into a fractured semblance of memories, where nearly recognizable forms emerge and dissipate against the friction of shifting ground. The result finds form and color merging not to create an allusion to a tangible place, but to one that is partly invented by virtue of recalled experiences.

Regarding his paintings, Faber states, “My hope is that the works convey a heightened sense of the passing of time, perpetual movement, and a honed intuition that resonates both a peculiar and familiar experience with the viewer.”

Jonathan Faber; Presence, 2012; pastel on paper; 22 x 30 in.
Jonathan Faber; Surface, 2012; oil on canvas; 42 x 52 in.
Jonathan Faber; Segment, 2012; oil on canvas; 34 x 54.5 in.
Jonathan Faber; Sequence, 2012; pastel on paper; 19.25 x 13 in.
Jonathan Faber; Blanket; oil on canvas; 48 x 42.5
Jonathan Faber; Wake; oil on canvas; 39 x 49.5 in.