Exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler presents works by Jérémy Demester

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, June 15, 2024

Exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler presents works by Jérémy Demester
Jérémy Demester, Le privilège des chemins, 2017. Oil on canvas, 230 x 160 x 3,5 cm.

BERLIN.- Galerie Max Hetzler is presenting a solo exhibition Fire Walk with Me by French artist Jérémy Demester in Goethestrasse 2/3. This is Demester's second solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in Berlin.

Jérémy Demester explores the nature of art and its relation with the founding myths of our world: symbolism, energies, alchemy, fate, sacred representations... His paintings and sculptures can thus never be taken at surface value as they are always layered with diverse, and sometimes cryptic, meaning. 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 turn in his practice. The works express a dialogue with figuration and natural elements, as well as with the personal history of the artist (memories from his childhood or from recent trips to Africa and America). These memories are embodied by sunrises and sunsets, forests and timeless moments between the past and the present, raising questions about the ideas of still-life and subjectivity.

Demester's paintings and sculptures 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 or with a computer, are here made by hand using the old master’s techniques and thus create a genuine sensorial and physical experience. Influenced by the spirit of Caspar David Friedrich and Arnold Böcklin, each canvas is the abstract expression of a particular memory, a narrative. The abstraction gives free reign to meditation, as if we were looking at a sky in the romantic or the symbolist tradition.

Another language, neither abstract nor figurative, is employed by the artist in a series of paintings inspired by the patterns of war paintings of native American-Indian tribes. Using specific industrial and military painting techniques, Demester conceives each series as an experiment oscillating between building up a visual information and implementing the techniques of its subsequent distortion.

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.

Today's News

January 1, 2018

A wonderful tradition and a welcome injection of colour: Turner in January 2018

Pioneer architect John Portman dead at 93

Berlin's Gemäldegalerie brings all fragments of diptych by Jean Fouquet together for the first time in 80 years

Exhibition of major paintings and works on paper by Georg Baselitz on view at Michael Werner Gallery

From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments" at the Harvard Semitic Museum

Exhibition investigates for the first time the great revolution in photography made possible by Leica cameras

Exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler presents works by Jérémy Demester

Survey from 1994 to the present of the work of Rodney Graham on view at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw explores Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America

Exhibition presents highlights of the University of Applied Arts Vienna's 150-year history

BFI launches landmark Jewish Britain on Film collection

Solo exhibition of works by Olivier Mosset on view at the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

Thomas Dane Gallery presents exhibition of new works by Phillip King

Georgia Museum of Art Museum shows 19th-century weaponry

Exhibition at German Cinematheque Museum of Film and Television celebrates Ufa's centennial anniversary

Exhibition at 80WSE Gallery explores the relationship between aesthetics and politics in Central America

Solo exhibition of prints and sculptures by Elizabeth Catlett on view at Burning in Water

New Yorker Lucy Raven wins art on the Bauhaus Museum building competition

Contemporary art paired with Faberge Eggs at the Walters Art Museum

GRIMM Gallery presents the politically charged exhibition 'Community Board'

Magali Reus' largest solo exhibition to date on view at Bergen Kunsthall

Vibeke Tandberg announced as winner of Lorck Schive Kunstpris 2017

Florian Hecker transforms Kunsthalle Wien's exhibition space transforms into a resonating space

mumok exhibits works by the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2017 winner: Julian Turner

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful