Gallery Artist
Jim Delarge

 

Impossibilités opérantes

Jim Delarge derives a certain pleasure from disconcerting his audience through continual self renewal. In addition to his usual, yet essential treatment of his primordial stew, he introduces the most stereotyped elements of our modern culture such as cartoon characters on LSD and mixes all these elements together with current world events. Like many of his contemporaries, he samples and diverts, ultimately obtaining a hybridisation, held together by confronting us with discomfort, injecting life into the bizarre and creating witnesses out of his audience. The virtuosity of Jim Delarge’s technique is clear. Not only does he posses an extremely unique stylistic assertion, with extraordinary variation throughout his work, he demonstrates endless possibilities of graphic expression in his attempt to understand the world through conflict. Jim Delarge surrenders to his imagination, to the bizarre nuances of his instinct to hollow out a collective unconsciousness. He equalises a number of antagonising forces.

Turning one’s attention to the apparent absurdity in his titles, after having seen there is much to interpret, read or lose sight of in his conjectures, there are also in fact, many latent messages present, many subliminal images, flaws and projections to encourage the audience’s imagination to create the effect of previously hidden meanings. Everything’s an act. Everything is out of balance. As such, very dynamic. Equally, Delarge avoids moving towards self-expression. He continually evolves in this area, while remaining in the shelter of his own impulses. Jim Delarge works at distancing himself from himself, maybe to simply help him co-exist. It could even be speculated that what makes Jim Delarge paint is the impossibility of speech. Everything works cyclically. This is mannerism. Nothing is obvious. Everything is aggressively articulated. Nothing will be told as-is. Everything will change. There is one who mimics superficiality, placing everything in clear view, to conjure up another dimension.

Jim Delarge derives a certain pleasure from disconcerting his audience through continual self renewal. In addition to his usual, yet essential treatment of his primordial stew, he introduces the most stereotyped elements of our modern culture such as cartoon characters on LSD and mixes all these elements together with current world events. Like many of his contemporaries, he samples and diverts, ultimately obtaining a hybridisation, held together by confronting us with discomfort, injecting life into the bizarre and creating witnesses out of his audience. The virtuosity of Jim Delarge’s technique is clear. Not only does he posses an extremely unique stylistic assertion, with extraordinary variation throughout his work, he demonstrates endless possibilities of graphic expression in his attempt to understand the world through conflict. Jim Delarge surrenders to his imagination, to the bizarre nuances of his instinct to hollow out a collective unconsciousness. He equalises a number of antagonising forces.

Turning one’s attention to the apparent absurdity in his titles, after having seen there is much to interpret, read or lose sight of in his conjectures, there are also in fact, many latent messages present, many subliminal images, flaws and projections to encourage the audience’s imagination to create the effect of previously hidden meanings. Everything’s an act. Everything is out of balance. As such, very dynamic. Equally, Delarge avoids moving towards self-expression. He continually evolves in this area, while remaining in the shelter of his own impulses. Jim Delarge works at distancing himself from himself, maybe to simply help him co-exist. It could even be speculated that what makes Jim Delarge paint is the impossibility of speech.

Everything works cyclically. This is mannerism. Nothing is obvious. Everything is aggressively articulated. Nothing will be told as-is. Everything will change. There is one who mimics superficiality, placing everything in clear view, to conjure up another dimension.

Yves Tenret 2008

Jim Delarge was Born in 1965, Paris, France

Gratuaded with a PHD in Narratology and Film Aesthetics

 

Exhibition (selection)

  • 2016          Pas si love, édition 3, Galerie Bertrand Gillig (France)
  • 2015          Paysage contemporain, Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2014          St-Art, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2014          Pas si bêtes, édition 2, group show, Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2013          St-Art, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2012          Art Paris, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2012          Pas si bêtes, group show, Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2011          St-Art, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2011          Galerie Bertrand Gillig, duo show with Jacques Thomann (France)
  • 2011          Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris, solo show (France)
  • 2011          SOPA Art Gallery Kelowna BC, (Canada)
  • 2010          St-Art, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2010          Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris
  • 2010          Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu, Sceaux (France)
  • 2009          Galerie Lefor Openo Paris
  • 2009          Xavier Ronse Gallery Mouscron (Belgium)
  • 2009          Galerie Bernard Mourier, Saint Rémy de Provence (France)
  • 2009          Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu, Sceaux (France)
  • 2009          Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, programme 'Ces images venues d'ailleurs", Montréal (Canada)
  • 2008          Art Elysées, International Art Fair, Paris, with Galerie Lefor Openo
  • 2008          Abstraction figurative, Galerie Suty, Coye la forêt
  • 2008          Icônes, Galerie Suty Bordeaux
  • 2008          Galerie Lefor Openo
  • 2008          Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu
  • 2008          St-Art, International Art Fair, with Lefor Openo
  • 2008          La Galerie Libertine, Brussels, (Belgium)
  • 2007          Vips’Art International gallery, Rotterdam duo show with S. Polony (NL)
  • 2006          Arthome Studio, Liège (Belgium)
  • 2006          Prague ArtFair, galerie Françoise Souchaud Lyon (Tcheque Repiblic)
  • 2006          Palais Des Congrés, Le Mans. Guest star for Puls’Art (France)
  • 2006          Espace Mayol & Castangalerie, Perpignan
  • 2005          Galerie Françoise Souchaud (Lyon)
  • 2005          St-Art, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Lefor Openo & Castangalerie
  • 2004          Artevent Galerie Lefor Openo
  • 2004          Castangalerie, Perpignan
  • 2004          Livingwithart / Albert and Michelle, New York (USA)
  • 2004          Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris, avec Pat Andrea, Tony Soulier
  • 2003          Galerie Kämpf, Basel (Switzerland)
  • 2003          Galerie R.Treger
  • 2003          Art-Paris, International Art Fair, Strasbourg with Galerie R.Treger 
  • 2000          La Colectiva (Pèzenas) with Ben, Di Rosa, Arnal, Won Park, Garry Pollard.