In Bloom: Exhibition and Printing Performance by Jean-Vincent Simonet
First London show of the French artist at Webber Gallery
French artist Jean-Vincent Simonet’s photographic practice pushes the poetics of chaos to the very limits, characterised by a penchant for sheer entropy and excess. In his first solo exhibition in London at Webber Gallery showcases his new project ‘In Bloom’. Part travel diary and part love letter to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, ‘In Bloom’ is a searing, hyper-visual journey into the heart of Japanese underground culture and an ode to the overwhelming experience of seeing a place with the eyes of a stranger for the first time.
For Simonet, Japan has always had an aquatic, almost mythical status. His images – of which all are original analogue photographs – are transformed through experimental manipulations; metaphors for the slow process of feeling ingested by these fluid, mutating organisms.
Printing his images onto plastic paper and sculptural resin so the ink never quite dries, Simonet uses water and chemicals, long exposure and torchlight to transform the surface of his prints, abstracting and blurring them as if the scenes are melting away in a live printing performance.