Jason Sims, Nowhere
by Phillip Schubert
I saw this exhibition one weekend at Syndicate, and I
must say how much I enjoyed it. The artist has used mirrors and lights to create lightboxes that defy their
simplicity. Each one, by virtue of its repeated reflections, presents an illusion of unfolding space that
often twists and turns, and always fades to pure black. Some of the works feature an element of blown glass
in the shape of a dome, which seems to hover in midair as it reflects its environment within the frame. These
works create a spatial depth that is almost holographic, making them appear bigger (deeper) than they are.
I've seen mirrors used before in artworks, and most often I've regarded it as gimmicky--a sort of cheap, easy
and rather non-creative way to incorporate a representation of infinity or multiplicity. Jason Sims' works either
bypass or transcend such considerations, by presenting an illusion of space that is not necessarily infinite, but
the end of which lies just beyond visual reach, while simultaneously providing us with visual cues which
insistently focus our attention on the elements closest to us (think "push/pull"). Moreover, they present
our minds with a compelling paradox, where what we see there is at odds with what we know to be there. Finally,
the utter lack of content in these works makes them truly a pure experience that is unable to be misunderstood,
for the resonance they produce exists Nowhere but within the mind of the viewer.
Above: Jason Sims, Suspend III, 2010, wood, reflective glass, mirror, blown glass and fluorescent lights, 82 x 82 x 17cm
Photograph Phillipa Mount
Phillip Schubert is the founder of Schubert & Associates.
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