at the Robert Lynds Gallery
words and photographs by Jadynn Wolff, Lesartefact
Edited by Samantha Newton, The Robert Lynds Gallery
‘in advance of’ three words by themselves remain but a fragment of an uninhibited thought and idea. The words themselves are but a compilation of factors and values within this artistic equation; full of emotional variables left to be fathomed and understood.
Each element of the title, ‘in advance of ‘, begins to birth a question or thought regarding the undefined equation. We must look beyond the evident outline and it’s parameters of natural law concerning the english language. Something in advance of what? The distance between these two unknowns becomes infinite. Unknown punctuated by unknown. Infinity beget infinity. We navigate through this metaphorical absence of space, time, and material inside these three words. The title conjures a place of balance in which we find ourselves resting between two points of its existence. These two points are the artistic ambiguity and the physical relationship to the tangible form of an idea presented here in this exhibition. Inside his practice, Leimert continuously experiments with the subtlety of the idea and the form that gestates inside the mind, becoming the tangible representation that lays before us. He lends minimal information to the viewer as means to entice and engage with them in the unveiling of his artistic intent. The time and space allowed forms a capacity in which our own interpretations bloom. Leimert’s creative application of ‘in advance of’ becomes much like the words that form the sentence calling to be understood. Each component holding space all their own, suspended in an emotional yet physical environment larger than themselves. Their shapes, forms, and idea converge at this point, ‘in advance of’. It is here that the artifacts themselves begin to obtain the ability to speak, in their own quiet unseen language-it is as though they begin to communicate. They whisper amongst themselves - one unto the other going back and forth and then finally to the audience. We in response observe them as they too observe us. They stare silent, unmoved by our wordless judgements as we contemplate their value.
It is as though the audience become a reflection of these inanimate artifacts, as they seem to slowly inherit our human characteristics within this space. This exchange of attention between subject and viewer, though unheard,nevertheless congruent. Through this silent process, ‘in advance of’, and all of its constructs,an ever-expanding narrative is formulated that exceeds the subject and it’s audience. This narrative openly speaks to the continuous loss of our in ability to give expression to our appreciation for inventiveness ,while remaining conscious of all it’s glory after the moment. As the viewer, we gravitate toward ingenuity instantaneously, which deprives us ample time for reflection. The present is such a distorted place within the living timeline. You cannot captivate the present, as it remains held in continuous evolution. ‘in advance of’ and it’s subjects, present themselves as a counter to this undeniable truth in relation to time, space, and object.
Leimert continuously flirts with time and its traces, encapsulating the inevitable loss of the fleeting idea between his fingers. It is in his hands, Leimert balances past and present by means of an amalgamation of film, photograph, and sculpture - bringing it forth into an altered stasis, where time bears no weight, reflection is forward thinking, and the present is captured as it happens.