Acrylic, paper and ink on canvas over panel

50.8 x 40.6 cm | 20 x 16 in

Several Heroes


Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas over panel

71.1 x 101.6 cm | 28 x 40 in


To imagine the beginnings of human life, starting with our crude existence in caves and moving through each subsequent chapter of humanity as it has inched and leapt forward, is hardly possible without the invention of systems and instruments of measurement. Hand-making images that organize and convey information is the manner by which Jonathan Marshall reflects on this big picture. For Marshall, thinking out his place in time is tied to a regional identity.

Stories of survival, both new and old, feature as a recurrent source of inspiration for Marshall. Retelling these stories through his works he maps the intersection of determinates that influence fate. The idea of fate predates our notion of risk, a concept which originated in the age of exploration when the imperial powers sponsored expeditions leading to the discovery of the “new world”. The idea that risk can be controlled and avoided is now well-established in affluent nations, whereas stories of survival are recognized for their singularity. A major exception to this conception of risk is presented by climate change.

Though the future and the distant past can be summoned by our minds, factual and fictional are inevitably reconciled in this process. Marshall’s work asks us what is memorable and how this is interwoven into the mythology of our lives and the places we know.

Jonathan Marshall was born in 1981 in Morgantown, WV (US) and he currently lives and works in Austin, TX (US). He earned his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (US) in 2003 and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) in 2010, where he was granted the Commonwealth Award for Graduate Studies. Previous solo exhibitions include …More Remnants of Futures Past, 2016, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL), The Old New World, 2013, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL), Doubled Vision, 2010, Art Palace Gallery, Houston, TX (US), and Johan Pilgrim and the Cave of Wonders, 2008, Man & Eve Gallery, London (UK). Marshall has participated in the following group exhibitions: Traces, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY (US), Resonance(s), Maison Particulière, Brussels (BE), and New Works for the Collection, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (US), among others.


Heel Gezellig

Group Exhibition organised by Matthew Day Jackson