Jonathan Sullam, Board of bills, 2014, Mirror polished aluminium structure and neons, 300 x 400 x 200 cm

JONATHAN SULLAM

Born in 1979 in Brussels (BE)
Lives and works in Brussels (BE)

 

Jonathan Sullam’s pieces all reveal a state of precarious equilibrium : they seek to capture the tensions preceding a fall or an ascent. Installations, sculptures and images all appear to be suspended in time and space. The art works are often paradoxical. They appear as oxymorons, where the material used is in blatant opposition to the purpose of the represented object. This duality opens up scopes of interpretations ranging from organic forms in states of juxtaposition, through to their ultimate resolution as smooth, industrial, inanimate objects devoid of any trace of gesture or movement. The pieces all present a state of ambiguity as to their status and function, seeking to evoke a sense of general abandonment or desolation, conveying at the same time both strength and fragility.

Education of Jonathan Sullam

Master in Multimedia, Slade School of Fine Arts, University College, London (UK)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in Public Spaces, Royal Academy, Brussels (BE)

SOLO SHOWS

2018

Speech Act, cur. Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues at Rui Calçada Bastos studio, Lisbon (PT)

2015

I Killed My Mom, Maison des arts de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE)

2012

Black Gold, ArteContemporanea gallery, Brussels (BE)

GROUP SHOWS

2018

Politics of Discontent, cur. by Jonathan Sullam, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Presents, cur. Michel Van Dyck, Van Buuren Museum, Brussels (BE)

 

2017

Art public, Le Vecteur, Charleroi (BE)

Festival Musiq3, Théâtre le Marni, Bruxelles, (BE)

Private Choices, cur. by Carine Fol, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles (BE)

2016

Semantic of numbers, curated by Lab(au), society-d-electricite, Brussels (BE)
Only Lovers, cur. by Thimothee Chaillou, Le Coeur, Paris (FR)
Attitude Scultpure #1,  cur. Daniele Capra, Eduardo Secci Gallery, Florencia (IT)
Traversee, Gouvernement aan de Maas, Maastricht (NL)

2015

Collection province de Liège, Belgian ambassador’s house, Den Haag (NL)
Pierre, papier… Lino, Galerie Quai 4, Liège (BE)

2014

Steve Reich project, different trains & WTC 9/11, Brigittines Theater, Brussels (BE)

2013

Not a group show, ArteContemporanea gallery, Brussels (BE)

2012

We do not remember the berlin wall, Brussels (BE)
Do it, cultural house of Namur, Namur (BE)

2011

Capsule Project, Kibla Platform, Maribor (SI)
Île Flottante, ArteContemporanea gallery, Brussels (BE)
Onze, Exit11 Gallery, Grand Leez (BE)

2010

Capsule Project, Musée d’art Moderne and 9-bis, Saint-Etienne (FR)
Borderline, MAAC, Brussels (BE)

2009

2PASS I & II, V-TRO Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2008

Nothing to say, White Hôtel, Brussels (BE)

2007

0,1, Nuit Blanche, Grand place, Brussels (BE)

2006

FILM, Centre culturel FIDEC, Huy (BE)
The wonderful fund collection, Pallant house Gallery, Chichester (UK)

2005

The wonderful fund collection, Musée de Marrakech, Medina (MA)
Les soeurs Jacques unseen by the gardener, London (UK)
Roaratorio Transmedia, Paris-Berlin, les Halles, Paris (FR)
The international exchange, Hunter College Gallery, New-York (USA)
The crossing, La Raffinerie, Plan K, Brussels (BE)
Digital Animation & Composite Works, 291 Gallery, London (UK)

FAIRS-EVENTS

2017

Art Brussels, Booth A04 (BE)
Festival Musiq’3, Flagey, Brussels (BE)
Art public, Le vecteur, Charleroi (BE)

2016

Yia Art Fair, Louise 186, Brussels (BE)

2015

Brussels Art Days, cur. by Amandine Wittouk, Louise 186, Brussels (BE)
Mons 2015 – Fluide, Thuin (BE)

2014

Biennale de Jehay, Liège (BE)
Bologna Art Fair, Boccanera Gallery, Bologna (IT)

2013

Verona Art Fair, Boccanera Gallery, Verona (IT)
Blumm Prize, International Art Prize, Brussels (BE)
Big Bang, Boccanera Gallery, Trento (IT)
Popposition, le Brass, Brussels (BE)

RESIDENCIES

2017

Swatch Residency, Shanghai (CN)

2011

Dam’ Gorgeous, Mobile Institute Organhaus Art Platform, Chongqing (CN)

2009

Mobile Institu, Mexico by Mobile Institute TEP, Monterrey (MX)

PRIZE

2015

Marc Feullien Award, Fondation Marie-Louise Jacques belgian sculpture competition (BE)

COLLECTIONS

The Wonderful Fund Collection, (MA)
Ernst & Young Collection, Corporate Art Collection, (UK)