Galerie Max Hetzler presents the solo exhibition FIRE WALK WITH ME by French artist Jérémy Demester. This is Demester’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in Berlin.
Jérémy Demester’s work oscillates between experiments in building up a visual information and in techniques of its subsequent distortion. In reference to his nomadic roots, Demester describes himself a gypsy painter and a quest for identity underpins his work.
This new series of works was completed during the artist’s ten almost monastic months spent in his studio in the south of France and marks a surprising major turn in his practice. The works express a dialogue with figuration and natural elements in search of the primal painting; the endeavour that also gave title to the exhibition. The new body of work echoes various personal memories: moments from Jérémy‘s youth in the south of France in a small village, his travels through California or his art residency in Benin. These memories are embodied by sunrises and sunsets, infinite shades of emotions and timeless moments between the past and the present.
Demester’s paintings involve a strong presence of both body and motion. The abstract works, including blurred lines and gradations, usually created with the use of spray utensils, are here made by hand and thus create a genuine sensorial and physical experience. A sort of trance between the artist, his movements and the canvases, which the artist himself defines as »breathings«. Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich and Arnold Böcklin, each canvas is the abstract expression of a memory, a story. The abstraction turns into figuration and gives free reign to meditation, as if we were looking at a sky of the romantic master or the symbolist painter.
A homage by Jérémy Demester to the late French artist Raymond Hains will open simultaneously in Bleibtreustrasse 45.
Jérémy Demester (*1988, born in Digne, France) lives and works in Paris. In 2014, Jérémy Demester was awarded the Aurige Finance Prize. A graduate of the Rocailles School of Fine Arts in Biarritz and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he also received Dean’s Honours and the Friends of the Beaux-Arts Prize in 2015. His work has been the subject of several solo shows, for instance at Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne and Palais de l’École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (both 2016), Zinsou Foundation in Ouidah, Benin (2015), and ENSBA Paris (2014). In 2016, his work has been included in several group shows such as Ciel d’Ether at the Brownstone Foundation in Paris, Matiére Grise at Galerie Max Hetzler Paris and Das Bild hängt schief at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin. Demester’s works are represented in the collections of the Istanbul Modern, Zinsou Foundation and Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole.