Freedom Leading Wool
Jérémy Gobé creates highly poetic works by transforming found objects through drawing, sculpture, and textile work. Gobé lives and works in Paris, drawing inspiration from chance encounters with whatever he finds in his path, such as objects from nature, building materials or abandoned pieces of fabric, that he then imbues with new purpose. In the room-sized installation, Freedom Leading Wool, Gobé uses fabric and mesh to create a dramatic enveloping space. The red jacquard wool, claimed from a shuttered factory in rural France, recalls a dying industry and its craftsmen.
Jérémy Gobé (b. 1986) graduated from the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in 2012. He has won numerous awards and was nominated for the prestigious 2015 IDF Prize for drawing given to emerging artists in France. His work has been included in exhibitions at the International Biennial of Media Arts at the CENTQUATRE-Paris (2015-2016), at the L’Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans Sartoux, (2014), and the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon (2014). At a 2013 exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Metlem, Gobé launched his now well-known series ‘Coral, Restoration’, an installation of red coral and pegs retrieved from a building site, that created the appearance of an organic invasive entity threatening to spread throughout the building. Freedom Leading Wool is his first solo exhibition in the United States.
Curator Jose Carlos Diaz says, “Gobé’s Freedom Leading Wool references the iconic painting by Eugene Delacroix Liberty Leading the People (1830), recalling the movement, drama and patriotism of that great work.“
In a separate installation, Gobé created a series of Miami-inspired work, including painted palm fronds and sketches of local scenery, displayed in the Walgreens storefront galleries at 23rd and Collins Avenue