Shadows of Our World

"Running Water - Falls 1" by Jonathan Sinagub
Through August 31, 2024
Hamilton Grange Library
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Dramatic in their use of movement and shadow, the works in this exhibition might suggest remnants captured from alien landscapes. However, upon closer reflection, one sees echoes of our own world ringing out through the abstract and rhythmic shapes. The light and the dark coalesce into powerful meditations: the rushing of water; cells replicating infinitely; a quiet street corner. These worlds, both miniscule and vast, possess invisible connections to our own lives. Here, the work of these local artists serves to illuminate what is hidden.

About the Artists

Margo Moore

Margo Moore is a New York based artist who has presented work domestically and abroad. Micro-mythologies, the displayed artwork, is in some ways a secret poem and represents one of Margo's latest completed projects.  She has worked in a number of visual mediums including pencil, oil paint, collage, and digital art.  Each contributes to her modes of expression and artistic exploration and reveal a nimble artist executing points of growth, change, desire, morbidity, death, beauty, hate, stupidity, aloofness, and spirit.  There is only the thing itself to be brought forth and made manifest and yet this does not solve the mystery: it only deepens it as it reveals.  Or so the mysterious micro-mythologic art before you may suggest.

Eddie's Soda Shop by Margo Moore
Eddie's Soda Shop by Margo Moore

Artist's Notes on Micro-mythologies

My abstract circle drawings are a visual representation of the micro and macro worlds that we inhabit. Through the use of geometric shapes, particularly circles, I aim to explore the interconnectedness and universality of our experiences and ideas.

The circle, with its perfect symmetry and endless possibilities for variation, serves as a metaphor for the vast and complex universe in which we live. In my work, I often layer circles of different sizes and colors to represent the vastness and diversity of the macro world, while also highlighting the intricate and interconnectedness of the micro world.

The repetition of the circle also serves as a reminder of the cyclical nature of life, and the idea that everything is connected. The negative space within and around the circles represents the unseen and unknown, a reminder of the vastness of what we cannot see or understand.

My goal is to create pieces that inspire contemplation and provoke a deeper understanding of our place in the world. I want my work to serve as a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the universe and to encourage the viewer to see the connections and possibilities within their own lives.

The collection of the ink drawings explore the depths of life from its most basic manifestations. It is a journey through the microscopic worlds of the primitive circle and the macroscopic tropes; from cell, mandala, seeds, trypophobia, laundry or a planet.  I sort, stack, copy, and otherwise manipulate these simple forms until they become a system suggesting a pattern, an interaction, a narrative even. This system forms a larger union that anchors the drawing: an ordering of complexity.

Jonathan Sinagub

Jonathan Sinagub is an architect/visual artist currently working in New York City. His design aesthetic and thinking are influenced by his ongoing study of places and forms discovered in nature. In particular, exploring the natural and built environment through his studies in
photography and drawing. Among other honors, he has won a studio internship at the Whitney Museum of American and was an artist-in-residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Additionally, his involvement in the Paterson Project is his single longest running work, comprising of various artistic expressions: photos, drawings, installations, and performances. 

He often draws from the music of poetry and the act of walking to connect thoughts to the scenes he observes. This way of working, of making art, is what Franz Kline calls “presentness." Jonathan’s artistic vocabulary is constructed through the language of light/shadow, sequence/movement, and craft.

jonathansinagub.com | email: js@jonathansinagub.com

Artist’s Notes on Running Water

I am attracted to bits and pieces, wrinkles and creases, furrows and gaps of the natural/built environment, details that illuminate the character of the place. From the pieces I find a rhythm between the particular and the whole.

Three main things characterize my work: light and shadow, sequence/movement, and craft of making things. For me the process begins with a walk:

An afternoon walk in the woods,
along a trail,
along a stream.

Light and shadow
catch one glance and another,
catch what is set alight
what remains in the shadows.

Moving with the flow of the water,
stopping,
now and again when our attention
is caught by a buoyant brightness
suspended in shadow,
within the movement of the water.

The Ravine Trail ends at the falls
(the two images shown here)
wild light exploding
we stop
gaze into the water into the starry display
of light amidst the darkness of the water

We may have along the way
discovered some surprises
marveled at the ordinary
and even gotten a bit dreamy

The rhythm of the water
tickles our curiosity to
ponder
on the nature of things.

Analogous to the walk in the woods
moving from image to image
the printed images bleed to the side edges
emphasizing continuity
evoking a cinematic impression.

Abstract grey-scale photograph
Running Water - Falls 1 by Jonathan Sinagub
Abstract grey-scale photograph
Running Water - Falls 2 by Jonathan Sinagub