Press Release



Jeremy THOMAS                              Tanked                     May 18, 2016 – June 26, 2016

 

Jean-Luc and Takako are very pleased to announce that Galerie Richard represents Jeremy THOMAS in New York and France and organizes his first solo exhibition In New York City entitled Tanked from May 18 to June 26, 2016. 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 Farenheit, 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 or nail lacquer in the case of some of the smallest pieces. 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.

 

Jeremy Thomas visually, technically, and conceptually unifies dualities, paradoxes and oxymorons:  steal 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 coincide within the same sculpture, along with an inflating process and a deflating process among the different facets…

 

Jeremy Thomas is a great colorist. Every color is unique and very meticulously selected to combine with each unique form. It is no question that his sculptures immediately attract the eye of the viewer. The view of each sculpture is so different from each angle that discovering his sculptures is a continuous process done by moving entirely around them.

 

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.