A Certain Silence
April 1 - 29, 2017
With a palette that is unapologetically monochromatic and using the tools of production to play with perception, the artist presents a series of new tableaus that are atmospheric, seductive and disarmingly serene.
Jim Verburg is a Dutch/Canadian artist who relocated to Toronto after receiving his BFA from Concordia University (Montreal). Notable projects and exhibitions locally include Shape and Light #1, a choreographed work for the Toronto Dance Theatre (2016), More Than Two (Let it Make Itself) at the Power Plant (2013), Where I Lived, What I Lived For at Oakville Galleries (2012). Other group exhibitions include: Primeiro Estudo: Sobre Amor, at Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro (2014), Far Away So Close, at Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014), and Chroma at Inman Gallery, Houston (2015). Solo exhibitions include One and Two at Mois de la Photo, Montreal (2011) (which won the Dazibao Prize), Weights and Measures at Artscape Peterborough (2012), What is Missing / What is Seen, presented by widmertheodoridis (Zurich) at VOLTA NY, New York City (2015), Light Becomes Form, The Horizon Rests Into View at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston (2015), and Impermanent Horizon, at Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal (2016).
His film For a Relationship won the 2008 Jury Prize for the Best Canadian Short Film a the Insideout Film Festival (Toronto) and was nominated for the Iris Prize (UK). His book O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures, and Emotional Geometry was shortlisted for Best Printed Publication at the Gala des Arts Visual, Montreal (2014). His most recent artist book A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides was launched at MoMA Ps1 at the New York Art Book Fair (2015). Upcoming projects in 2017 include a public art installation for the city of Ottawa, a book project with Fw: Photography based in Amsterdam, and a solo exhibition at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University. His work appears in several private and corporate collections. Verburg is a recent recipient of a 2017 Chalmers Arts Fellowship.
The artist would like to thank Laine Groeneweg for his continued assistance.
PressBowron, Alex. "Jim Verburg: A Certain Silence". Esse Magazine. Issue 90, pg 99.
Ahrens, Jana. "Jim Verburg: A Certain Silence". Minimalissimo Magazine. August 7, 2017