Jean-Alain Corre

(France) born in 1981, lives and works in Paris

Johnny has consistently appeared as a character in Jean-Alain Corre’s work since 2006. “Johnny is not a double, he is not an avatar either. He is a character without a script”, explains the artist. As a “go-between” between the artist and his work, he is a character wandering about in a post-industrial setting, who inspires the artist’s forms and ideas. Through this character, Jean-Alain Corre undertakes a process of assembling different elements: he often mixes organic systems, connected to the body or to nature, with architectural and urbanistic structures. The city plays the role of a focal point, a network of information, which supplies the artist with motifs, materials, and stories. Jean-Alain Corre is a sculptor, but he also paints, draws, models, and regards sculpture as “3D painting”. Through painting, he disguises and provides his sculptures with a narrative: for the series Metro Bondage, made since 2014, Jean-Alain Corre gleans, extracts and re-employs the fixtures of the Paris metro. He sensually puts back together connected and cabled forms, welds and glues the “giblets”, to borrow the term with which Rodin described his repertory of forms in bits.

Short-listed for the 16th Prix Ricard in 2014, Jean-Alain Corre has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Villeurbanne, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and at the Hors-Les-Murs exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in tandem with Manifesta 11 in Zurich.