OR HOW DO YOU GET THE SENTENCE WHEN THE SHAPE COMES FROM INSIDE?
Jérôme Havre’s Interior moves away from program-based exhibitions and marks a return to studio work. Volumes, shapes and materials are central to the artist’s reflection as he comes back to large-scale works after several years spent traveling light. This exhibition borrows from vernacular architecture and the illusions of stage design to call into question the limits to our control over domestic spaces.
The central piece is made of wattle and daub, a construction technique common to all parts of the world in countless variations, used here for its rustic appearance. It stands in contrast with clay sculptures finished in brilliant, nickel-like enamel, which seem to belong to no specific time period, as if they were fossilized. The arrangement of colour, light and texture is inspired by industrial design, at once utilitarian and esthetic.
Interior is a work based on architectural principles contained within the four walls of a gallery, which serves here as a container, thus shifting our perspective by blurring the line between the spheres of culture and nature. Nothing here is quite what we think or quite where expected.
Jérôme Havre is a Toronto-based artist who works mainly in sculpture, shapes and spaces. His works foster reflection through an immersive and theatrical approach. His preferred methods arrange and stage his pieces like elements of a rebus puzzle, making spectators become active agents in decoding its meaning.
The artist will also take part in the sixth edition of the Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury, which will be located at The Village on Mackenzie, 162 Mackenzie Street.