JONAH SAMSON – THE LIGHT GLEAMS AN INSTANT, THEN IT’S NIGHT ONCE MORE
March 3 – April 28, 2018
After fleeing the violence of Europe in 1944, the French surrealist André Breton came to the Gaspé Peninsula and wrote the book Arcanum 17, which used the crumbling beauty of nearby Percé Rock as a metaphor for the indestructibility of life. In light of humankind’s looming efforts to annihilate itself, his book proclaimed the superiority of women, arguing that only feminine ideals would bring peace to the planet, and that ultimately only love and art would allow humanity to flourish. In The Light Gleams an Instant, Then It’s Night Once More, Jonah Samson contemplates Breton’s book through the transformation of a series of found photographs sourced from eBay.
Jonah Samson creates work that merges photographic, filmic and painterly processes. Absurdist theatre and literature are often referenced in his evocation of the bizarre and offbeat. His work has been exhibited in North America, the United States and Internationally. Samson is currently based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
UNTITLED, 2017, 38" X 32", ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT, VINTAGE MIRROR
Untitled, 2018 Archival pigment print, brass charms 13” x 17” uniqueUntitled, 2017 Archival pigment print, rooster feathers 24”x31”
UNTITLED, 2018, 13" X 17" UNIQUE, ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINT, BRASS CHARMS
Untitled, 2017 Archival pigment print, rooster feathers 24”x31”(set of 3)
Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else, 2017 Four archival pigment prints custom artist’s frames unique 48” x 61” overall
THE SUN SHONE, HAVING NO ALTERNATIVE, ON THE NOTHING NEW, 2018, 18" X 24", UNIQUE