... Although categorically minimal, several of the works in A Certain Silence are markedly complex in their construction. Verburg has developed a notable method of layering materials in order you achieve his characteristic glow or “hum”. By painting directly onto a sheet of clouded Mylar, hinging it on plexiglass then setting it in front of the second piece of painted Mylar, he creates delicate portraits of depth, focus, and texture. This play of surface on surface adds dimension to the subtle visual noise already present where dust and debris prevents the transfer of ink from roller to support. With a sustained gaze, viewers will uncover moments of pure vibrating energy as though the paintings themselves are alive with breath. This is ever-present sense of movement is confident and exact, but still open to the rich history of an undefined present. As though aware of their own transience, the works seem to communicate an awareness of astounding beauty tempered only by the latent whiff of a pensive sadness.
Present also in these cascading tonal gradients and overlapping geometries is the pressure, resistance and rhythm of Verburg’s own body passing the roller back and forth over the pictureplane. The works are like monuments to the paint, ink, and powder graphite, and charcoal that made them. They revel in the nature of their material so that sheet of starched cotton tarlatan becomes yet another perfectly-suited medium for transference of a new optical unconscious. This is, in the end, an exhibition of unity, both universal and tangible. Each piece features distinct horizon and borderlines that delineate space for a more focused meditation. In particular works such as Untitled (afterimage) read like ancient philosophy, turning our thoughts both inward and outward. Our direct experience becomes a surrendering to what was, and what is yet to be. In this way, we are presented with the idea of perfection, so that moments of emptiness serve only to strengthen our experience of being here now. It is almost as though the works are holding on to our deepest secrets, not out of greed, but for the sake of a true and examined connection to a life worth living.
- Review, A Certain Silence, Jim Verburg at Zalucky Contemporary. Alex Bowron, Esse Magazine, May 2017