John Zurier, Sleeping Horses, 2023
John Zurier / Sleeping Horses
Aug 31 - Oct 28, 2023
Galerie Nordenhake Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

Galerie Nordenhake Mexico is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of John Zurier in the country – and his seventh in the combined spaces of the gallery. His work is deeply concerned with the mental and bodily perceptions one has in the presence of nature, and the possibility of evoking this through his canvases. Each painting, in its own way, expresses his interest in quietness and contemplation, near and far distance, weather and weathering, seasons and the passing of time.

In parallel to this suggestive nature of his practice, he is much focused on the technical and gestural aspects of painting. His attention lies in the brushwork and surface texture, modulation and atmospheric effects, the monochrome and close value color tonalities and harmonies. He combines thin layers of painting – almost transparent at times – with thicker, heavier traces. This gives the canvases an understated dynamism that becomes increasingly apparent the more time one spends looking at them. There is also a compositional exercise of removing segments of the pigments – sometimes pencil-thin lines – or of leaving areas of the canvas unpainted.

This exhibition will present oil-on-linen paintings, of large and medium format, some of which also use glue-size tempera in their techniques. These works were completed in the last three years, and are reflections – rather than depictions – of nature and landscape. The title of this exhibition, Sleeping Horses, comes from an eponymous painting that Zurier finished in early May. For a few years now, he has spent his summers in Iceland, on a farm with a view of the sea beyond fields of grazing horses. Sometimes he can see horses lying on the ground asleep while at least one stands guard nearby. The relationship between this artwork and its title is representative of how Zurier’s oeuvre explores the connections between thought and painting: a phrase that is seemingly direct and representational is completely changed by the elusiveness of what is happening on the canvas.

Zurier’s work draws influences from diverse traditions of painting and poetry. Along with a trans-historical dialogue with the history of American painting, Zurier has studied traditional Chinese and Japanese painting, in which distant mountainous landscapes are rendered with a subtle and ethereal quality. Although there are no figurative aspects in his work, this compositional effect is similar to the atmospheres that Zurier aims to create. In 2010 he was recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; with it, he travelled to Japan to learn traditional materials and pictorial techniques, which he later adapted to his own work. By the same token, he is an avid reader of poetry – whether Japanese, American or Icelandic – and is interested in how the obliqueness of figurative language can give much forcefulness to the poetic image – sometimes even more so than explicit descriptions or explanations. Likewise, his paintings aim to be direct by being evasive, compelling and eloquent by giving away only the essential, and to invite us to reflect on their and our presence while alluding to visual evanescence.

–Andrés Valtierra

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