Life Vs Time by Ephrem Solomon at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK.

24 March - 30 April 2016

In Life Vs Time, Solomon explores how we occupy the space around us. From birth, the artist believes, we enter a world that is partially pre-determined according to various factors such as class, ethnicity, culture and religion. These factors are dynamic and alter over time and space. They are given shape in the various forms that

are suspended in the works, representing our thoughts and the ways in which may be shaped by our environment, circumstances and the people around us. These newer works also bear the marks of vivid blocks of colour, a departure from the more monochrome palette of previous work. “In my earlier works, I used black and white to explore the real and the imagined,” Solomon explains. “I was more focused on shape and texture. In this new series, I began with using primary colours and moved onto secondary colours to explore different perspectives of forms in time and space.” The medium itself – woodcut – also provides the artist with a tangibly tactile and, as he refers to it, “time-consuming medium” through which to explore ideas that are philosophical and ethereal.

Solomon’s figures carry the burdens and uncertainties of modern life. Yet within these uncertainties, truth remains perfect and resolute: one must follow one’s own path and not be tempted to follow one that is paved by someone else. It is when we are living in our own truth, the artist believes, that joy may be found in grief, light in darkness and victory borne of failure. We cannot change time; however, by altering systems that govern, changes may follow