A solo exhibition in VITRINE Project Space of new works by London-based artist Jeremy Willett. Combining sculpture, 2D print work and an overlying site-responsive installation. 'I believe in madness, in the truth of the inexplicable, in the common sense of stones, in the lunacy of flowers, in the disease stored up for the human race by the Apollo astronauts…. I believe in nothing' JG Ballard
Willett explores fictional non-space; a screen saver, a techno visual, a rustic landscape, wild and overgrown, a junkyard on a desert island, “a sky the colour of television tuned to a dead channel” (William Gibson, Neuromancer, 1984); Each idealistic, romanticised, surreal and as unreachable as the next.
These are worlds, more virtual than physical, synthetic in their process and appearance. Colour in Willett’s work is used to suggest an alternate state. The colour keys are those of counter cultures seeking a transcendental experience, such as in acid house and psychedelia. He approaches these places through both his small-scale polychromatic sculptures and computer-generated imagery.The sculptures are vignettes of landscapes that morph between abstract and representational. Wild plants are interwoven between fluid abstract forms, akin to grottoes except with a sleek futuristic design. These fluid shapes reappear in 2D representations. Repetitive op art inspired patterns are mapped onto a 3D form and redrawn in higher definition.
Curator Alys Williams