Opening: Tuesday october 23, 2018 at 6pm
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 aesthetic.
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 primarily with sculpture, form and space. In his works, he develops fields of reflection through an immersive and theatrical approach. To do this, the methods he advocates are the arrangement and staging of his pieces as so many elements of a rebus or a puzzle; the spectator then becomes an agent committed to decoding its meaning.Artist Profile