S T A T E M E N T
My drawings use narrative ambiguity to highlight the malleability of visual perception. I use representational drawing techniques like perspective and chiaroscuro to vaguely allude to latent, traceable narratives, only to destabilize the image with disrupted picture planes, and uncanny forms.
In an age deeply saturated by images, we are exercising a muscle of rapid consumption--a muscle that consequently affects the speed of our judgment. Using primarily graphite or ink, my drawings slow the rate of consumption through excessive linework and loosely rendered imagery. Underpinned by theories of absurdism, phenomenology, and existentialism, my recent drawings utilize graphite pencil's proficiency for rendering light and shadow to create uncanny scenes with minute traces of recognizable elements. The sparse visual cues ironically expand the range of implicit meanings or narratives. By situating viewers on the precarious edge of meaning, they are given the problem of negotiating an ambiguous image
B I O
Jonathan Bolton has exhibited work in solo, juried, and curated exhibitions across South Carolina, including ArtField's 2023 Competition, The Arts Center of Greenwood's 2022 and 23 Festival of Flowers Juried Show, and Artisphere's 2022 Artist of the Upstate Juried Exhibition. His work work was recently exhibited in Manifest Gallery's DRAWN 2023 in Cincinnati, OH. His work is featured in regional and international publications including Manifest Gallery's upcoming 15th International Drawing Annual. He earned his BFA from Winthrop University and his MFA from Clemson University. Jonathan lives in Greenville, SC and is a drawing instructor for Clemson University.