The Aleph and Other Stories
by Jonny Williamson
David Troostwyk Studio Award at StudioRCA
This exhibition marks the completion of the first residency, which was undertaken by Jonny Williamson who graduated from the RCA in 2014 and who was selected on the basis of his degree show work by Robin Klassnik, the artist Susan Hiller and Head of Sculpture at the RCA, Jordan Baseman. The Aleph and Other Stories is an installation of manifold and overlapping themes, by Jonny Williamson. The title of the exhibition refers to a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph, a fantastical tale of a specific point in space-time through which all other points are simultaneously visible: with total clarity. Similarly, Williamson’s work is a complex and layered project that refers to the ancient and the modern through a perpetually layered combination and collection of the digital and the analog, the fabricated and the found and ultimately makes reference to the constant passage of information through various portals and screens. The Aleph and Other Stories depicts moments of our supremely layered lives: multiple slide projections, computer generated visuals that never repeat yet appear to continually replicate, ethnographically based visuals and formal minimalist obelisks merge into an elliptical system of knowledge, embracing themes of the infinite and the mystic sublime.