Reginald Sylvester II’s Nemesis
The huge pieces resemble Pollock paintings, with seemly splatter applied to long, narrow canvases, but Sylvester’s appear to use a more intentional, if frenzied, stroke.
In the exhibit, Nemesis, tribulations inherent to the artist’s faith dissolve fitfully on canvas as he deconstructs personal fears. For his series Soul vs. Flesh, Sylvester works out the tension between the whims of the body and desires of the spirit, drawing inspiration from Biblical texts and his own struggles with lust, greed, and pride. We are all, at some point, our own worst enemies to our successes, and even as the Brooklyn-based artist is having a well-deserved moment in the spotlight he’s still attuned to struggles of the spirit.
“Spirituality is an interesting word,” Sylvester quoted the late artist Noah Davis on Instagram recently. “It is highly underrated in contemporary painting, and I feel it is the driving force behind the practice.”
See the work for yourself below, or get a closer look in London through November 7.
Left - Reginald Sylvester II The Soul Told Tales of a Past Once Lived 2019 Acrylic on canvas 95.4 x 75.5 in (242.5 x 192cm)
Right - Reginald Sylvester II One Way Or Another 2019 Acrylic on canvas 95.4 x 75.7 in (242.5 x 192cm)