Jim Verburg is a Dutch/Canadian artist currently based in Toronto.
With a practice stemming from photography, Verburg’s work is inspired by the subtle, nuanced, and fleeting affects of light. Employing materials such paint, ink, charcoal, and powdered graphite to interact with paper, newsprint, mylar, and vinyl, Verburg creates captivating compositions that mimic the delicate nuances of reflection, absorption, opacity, and translucence. Through an experimental process rooted in mindfulness and intentionality, Verburg explores the dynamic interplay between the physicality and emotionality of his materials. Tight geometric compositions are contrasted with layered planes of transparency to create subtle minimalist representations of a complex introspection. By treating light as both material and subject, Verburg pushes the boundaries of the physical by prioritizing the intangibilities of form.
Solo exhibitions include One and Two at Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2011), Afterimage at Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (2014) , What is Missing / What is Seen for widmertheodoridis, Zurich at VOLTA NY, New York City (2015), Light Becomes Form, The Horizon Rests Into View at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston (2015), and Impermanent Horizon Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (2016). He’s been a part of the group exhibitions More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), curated by Micah Lexier at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2013), Primeiro Estudo: Sobre Amor, curated by Bernardo Mosqueira at Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro (2014), Far Away So Close, curated by Kimberly Phillips at Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014), and Chroma at Inman Gallery, Houston (2015)
Verburg’s film For a Relationship won the 2008 Jury Prize for the Best Canadian Short Film at the Insideout Film Festival (Toronto), and was nominated for the Iris Prize (UK). His book O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures, and Emotional Geometry, was awarded by Dazibao Montréal (2013) and was shortlisted for Best Printed Publication at the Gala des Arts Visual, Montréal (2014). Work from the publication was featured by Art Metropole at Art Basel Miami (2013). His most recent artist book A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides was launched last fall at MoMA Ps1 with the New York Art Book Fair (2015), and was featured in the recent traveling Collectif Blanc exhibition Forme | Édition | Expérimentation (2016, Gatineau and Toronto)
Recent projects include a public art installation for the city of Ottawa, a choreographed work for the Toronto Dance Theatre, a book project with Fw: Photography in Amsterdam, the upcoming group exhibition For you / And me, at Paul Kuhn Gallery (Calgary), and solo projects at Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto), and Rodman Hall Art Centre (Brock University, St Catharines Ontario).