(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.