The exhibition explored abstraction as a form of representation, not of the body but the spirit. Conceptually, this presentation hinged on the artist’s interest in abstraction as refusal: a refusal of easy readings, categorizations and conclusions.
Published by InOtherWords, the accompanying artboook invites the reader into Sylvester’s creative process. The works are nestled within a cyclical flow of the artist’s mantras, which give insight into the spiritual and conceptual underpinning of the resulting artworks. Also featuring a text by Allie Biswas contextualising the artist’s use of Readymades within a history of Black American artists transforming manufactured objects into art with a political consciousness.