Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong

17/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong



Swedish artist Erik Jeor unleashes images of turmoil, tempest, our planet mired in involuntary upheaval. Each painting carries a soundtrack of the earth, an imprint of the transference of seismic catastrophe, landslide, typhoon and hailstorm onto the page. 

Pinned to the wall, unframed, unconfined by glass, each watercolour is a billowing sail of sound. At VOLTA NY, the silent image will find its voice.

Feeling Jeor’s paintings, we learn that silence as we understand it is one of our delusions. The sounds of the natural world before us merge with the noises of our bodies and emotions. The vibrations of the earth are felt and heard within our own bodies; the scars on the ground merge with wrinkles on our skin. By hearing the earth, we learn to hear ourselves: the pumping, channelling, inhaling, the missed beat, the closing eye, the opening pores, the slow exhale…

Are Jeor’s paintings portraying geography or anatomy? Is art heard or seen? At VOLTA NY, the visitor will re-assess whether these distinctions exist; entering a harmony of human and mineral, and a union of sound and art.

Intermittently, throughout the fair, Jeor will present music of the body, specially composed by the artist for the fair. The music will amplify the rhythm of our heartbeats and breathing, barely perceptible, yet present. These three minute interludes require no schedule, announcement or commentary, and serve only to exemplify the illusory nature of silence, and the dual cadence of body and world.

Erik Jeor, 16, 2009, Watercolor on paper, 149 x 182 cm.
Erik Jeor, 08, 2010, Watercolor on paper, 140 x 154 cm.
Erik Jeor, 13, 2012, Watercolor on paper, 150 x 117 cm.
Erik Jeor, 14, 2011, Watercolor on paper, 150 x 102 cm.
Erik Jeor, 04, 2007, Watercolor on paper, 150 x 103 cm.
Erik Jeor, 36, 2012, Watercolor on paper, 73 x 152 cm.