Jean-Luc and Takako Richard are very pleased to present the first personal exhibition of Jeremy Thomas in France titled “Tanked” from March 11th to April 29th, 2017. Jeremy Thomas was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1973 and lives and works in New Mexico. As he explains: “to me, working in material, it's a back-and-forth between the artists says this, the material says that”. By injecting air into malleable steel that's heated to about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, he creates and develops a complete new vocabulary of spontaneous, organic, and sensual shapes that playfully mix in other three-dimensional abstract languages.
His discovery of metalworking arose from experimenting with the possibilities of the material more than from pure conceptual way. “Steel”, Thomas says, “is quite malleable and actually a lot like clay (though admittedly it only exhibits those characteristics at upwards of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit)”. After welding forms together and then subsequently heating them, Thomas injects them with pressurized air, inflating, or “growing” them into their final shape. Finally, he paints them with metallic car paint. In the case of some of the smallest pieces, he used nail lacquer for the first time, which expanded his range of colors. The largest sculptures are inflated without the heating process by adding air pressure into cold forms progressively. He can also ingeniously reverse the process and deflate them using a special technique. Occasionally, his sculptures can explode during the process; Thomas is a risk taker playing with the limits of the material’s resistance. The exhibition at the gallery presents new sculptures that are part inflated and part deflated.
Jeremy Thomas visually, technically, and conceptually unifies dualities, paradoxes and oxymorons: steel carefully molded by air, a creative process that mixes planned processes and expectations of the general shapes with the unpredictability of results in the details and parts of the sculptures. The sensual three-dimensional shapes come from strict geometrical assembled flat panels, a play between natural, rusted surfaces of the sculptures and their glossy, painted counterparts. Additionally, feminine and masculine symbolism coincides within the same sculpture, along with an inflating process and a deflating process among the different facets. Jeremy Thomas is also a great colorist. Every color is unique and very meticulously selected to combine with each unique form and with the color of the rusty surface.
Visitors stay for a long time during the exhibition. The vision of each sculpture changes so drastically from one angle to another, that it is a true experience of discovery just by walking around each one.
Jeremy Thomas’ works are included in the Albright–Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, AZ, and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Additionally, The Fredrick R. Wiesman Art Foundation in Malibu, CA as well as Fidelity Investments of Albuquerque, NM, collect his works.
Brand New Gallery is pleased to present In Saecula Saeculorum, Bosco Sodi’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
The title of the show is a Latin locution that expresses the idea of eternity and is literally translated as “unto the ages of ages” (forever and ever).
The exhibition features a new series of paintings on linen, accompanied by a few small volcanic rocks covered in red ceramic glaze. In Saecula Saeculorum questions and stands out the permanency of objects throughout the time.
Bosco Sodi shows his signature fissured, velvetised and encrusted paintings on linen, a new series of works that he started painting since late 2016. Compared to the prior works, which are heavily encrusted, these show a random and unorganized spatiality in between the matter. The spaces between these pigmented chunks show the absence of the materiality that the work expresses. Absence, can be read not as a lack of something but as a new element that counter balances the rest of the artwork components.
The artist uses a mixture of pure pigment, sawdust, wood pulp, natural fibers, water and glue to create a textured surface that dries into a monochromatic primordial landscape. By doing this process over a clean canvas he explores the volume of color, from deep red to purple and orange, all the way to a simple but strong black. The final result shows a terrestrial surface of which is built up by hand over the course of one or two days.
This is a demanding physical process that Sodi dubs as a continuous action, like a performance. Each piece’s process is influenced by factors beyond his control including climate, altitude, and water density.
It never worries me to let work go. For me making art is about the process not the outcome. (Bosco Sodi)
Hive Beijing will present the young artist Yu Linhan for the new exhibition of“Hive-Becoming”Project, titled with Faint Murmur, the exhibition will show works by the artist of the recent years. Curated by Yangjian, the exhibition will be on show from 16th Apr. to 19th May.
Born in 1990 in Beijing, Yu Linhan was graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts at the department of Oil Painting in 2013, after his graduation from Hochschule für Künste Bremen Liberal Art department in Germany in 2016, Yu is studying in Meister-schüler Degree in the same school with Stephan Baumkötter as his tutor.
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