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Peres Projects features paintings by Jeremy that investigate the fluidity of queer identity and the constraints of heteronormativity. Intensified by a saturated color palette, his androgynous and hybrid figures probe at the relationship between desire and repulsion. Their twisted and transgressive bodies connect with ideas of abjection from the lineage of European surrealism and magical realism. Jeremy’s practice interrogates the essence of the human body through the lens of queerness, as a space in which the political and biological contradictions of the self are perpetually renegotiated. The presentation at Independent will follow the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in Berlin, Jeremy: Mourning Opulence (February 17 – March 17, 2023).
About the Gallery
Founded by Javier Peres in San Francisco in 2002, Peres Projects is a Berlin-based gallery promoting the work of contemporary American and European artists for an international audience. The gallery has worked with numerous artists, giving early exhibitions to artists such as Terence Koh, assume vivid astro focus, Alex Israel, Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Donna Huanca. Since the gallery's inception, it has operated project spaces and presented important exhibitions of contemporary artists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Athens, Stockholm, and Berlin. After several years of operating spaces in Berlin and Los Angeles simultaneously, the gallery closed its Los Angeles space in 2010. In March 2013, Peres Projects moved from a smaller space in Kreuzberg to its current location in a Soviet-era building on Karl-Marx-Allee.
Jeremy, Glowing figure, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 24 inches (80 x 60 cm.) Courtesy of Peres Projects
Jeremy, The kiss, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches (60 x 60 cm.) Courtesy of Peres Projects
Jeremy, The shepherd, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (60 x 45 cm.) Courtesy of Peres Projects