Graphite, charcoal, ink and acrylic lead you into the monographic world of drawing. It is through a path in the work of Jerome Zonder that the institution of the Red House Unveils you a virtuoso.
In this new exhibition in Paris, the artist appropriated the gallery and designed in every detail, a spatial arrangement of his work. It covers the walls and floors to present you a selection of framed drawings. The exposure threshold is like a forest straight out of a children’s story, giving the illusion of entering a fantasy world. But these representations are all aligned based on true stories from the violence of our history. In addition to the historical references are also intertwined in his work the world of cartoons and constantly experienced cinema in various graphic registers: childish plot, clear line, hyper-realistic research or materialistic.
He works the drawing without tools, built from impressions of his fingers dipped in graphite powder. His choice of technique reflects his desire not to give in to the seduction exercised by the colour on the viewer in order to have a direct, physical confrontation with the material.
The combination of scenes of violence and child representation reveals to you a vision of childhood distant from innocence. Its “ideological mess” shows the perversity of children, violent, sadistic, without compassion or morality. They are not the victims but perpetrators.
After switching to black, Jerome Zonder is interested in the matter. It showcases beautiful cell designs in which his meticulous work rotring oscillates between the infinitely large the infinitely small. The eye is drawn and plunges into the heart of matter.
The artist is based on real events not for their historical value but to denounce the violence that characterizes our species. The treatment of the subject, the technique used and the space in which he presents his works accentuate the discomfort. You are then consciously facing an uncomfortable situation at the border of voyeurism that forces you to ask you about your own relationship to violence.