Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Staldgade 32, Den Brune Kødby, 1699 Copenhagen V, Denmark



Gallery Poulsen is excited to present an exclusive solo exhibition with internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Jean-Pierre Roy, showing his next available body of work.

The show proceeds from Roy’s most recent series, examining the themes of proprioception, through the placement of the self in the larger course of visual history. His artistic focal point, expressed through the changing, localized iconography of art history, is the underlying question of how time allows us to examine our own cognitive biases in order to build a better inner navigation of reality.

In his new painting series for VOLTA NY 2018, he will continue to place figures in an optically loaded environment, allowing for the entropic confusion of historical painting tropes, non-spaciotemporal geometry, and figurative drama to play out against an arid, dystopian landscape. 

Loosely auto-biographical, the paintings will depict figures caught up in the anxious, contemporary plight of sorting objective truth from subjective human narrative. The figures, often shown collectively struggling with a large geometric artifice, have their heads encapsulated behind manifestations of their own limited somatic observations. Stumbling across the terrain, they pierce through, and are re-veiled by their own perceptual reference frame. Grasping for glimpses of a truth beyond their own localized narrative, they are caught in a cycle of isolation and fleeting revelation. 

The iconography of 17th and 18th century landscape painting serves as the common psychological anchor that the figures in the paintings use to coordinate their attempts to bridge the divide of their diverging reference frames. In the paintings, art itself transcends human narrative and the objective reality, to become something transcendent of both.

Jean-Pierre Roy, Aporiary, 2017, Oil on linen, 51 x 41 cm.
Jean-Pierre Roy, Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames, 2017, Oil on linen, 191 x 140 cm.
Jean-Pierre Roy, Landscape with Illusory Correlation, 2017, Oil on panel, 191 x 140 cm.
Jean-Pierre Roy, Men of Glass, 2017, Oil on linen, 91 x 66 cm.
Jean-Pierre Roy, Trial of the Grasses, 2017, Oil on linen, 91 x 66 cm.
Jean-Pierre Roy, The Landscape Painter, 2017, Oil on linen, 200 x 323 cm.