Thick lines begin to form shapes. Children, animals, creatures from the furthest corners of the artist’s imagination fill the white space. Pencil strokes put on their caps. Colours give them life. Their faces are finished with smiles and bug eyes and satisfied sighs. The world of Jeremyville is a fascinating place.
From now until the end of 2015, Groove@CentralWorld plays host to the magical, peace-sign-wielding sculptures and illustrations of the Sydney-born, New York-based artist known as Jeremyville.
The exhibition is part of his Community Service Announcements (CSAs), projects that stoke curiosity and are united around the need for self-expression. Each exhibition — and there are many dotting the map, from Belgium and Italy to Hong Kong — features messages meant to inspire social and personal development, urging viewers to wonder about the human condition. Jeremyville’s visit to CentralWorld is part of the mall’s commitment to blend the shopping experience with the arts. Visitors will not only come face-to-face with the iconic artwork — including a four-metre-tall sculpture — they will also be able to bring some of it home in the form of shirts, skate decks, shoes, and more designed for Cappellini, Converse, Disney, LeSportsac, Kiehl’s, Mercedes Benz, and Uniqlo.
Titled “A Trip to Jeremyville,” the project at Groove centres on the theme “Feel Freedom Again.” The curious, vibrant exhibition engages passersby with a warm, friendly approach. Alongside the massive sculptures are messages posted at the Ratchaprasong intersection, poetry providing a break from Bangkok’s hectic pace of life.
The artist took a break from a live paste-up performance to talk briefly about his work and style.
What messages does “Feel Freedom Again” harbour in its title?
We work to express our sense of freedom — not necessarily freedom as a sort of political agenda, but rather an interior freedom to heal our souls. This concept is the base of our human essence. So the aim of the exhibition is to connect with people and provide a moment of stillness in our fast-paced lives.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I collect about six ideas a day, on average, and sketch them in my book in the evening. I like to explore love, virtue, empathy, sorrow and happiness, the ideas of self-empowerment and introspection. I post the sketches on my blog and Facebook page to share with my audience. Change and expression are within all of us. I don’t think there’s an end to creativity.
Has being in Thailand, however briefly, influenced your work?
I’ve already visited Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong, so I’m familiar with Asia. My first impression of Bangkok is that I love the atmosphere. There’s energy in the air, a sense of optimism that I really enjoy. I’m sure that what I’ve discovered here will influence my illustrations before long.
Follow Jeremyville’s daily CSAs on Instagram @Jeremyville or Facebook.com/JeremyvilleDaily. For more information about the artist, visit his website, jeremyville.com, and stop by Groove@CentralWorld to explore his fantastic world.