Jérôme Grivel, extract from A Quiet Place (made during occursus residency in Sheffield, 2011)
Jérôme made this work in Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley (which runs alongside the Rivelin Valley Road that connects Sheffield to the A57 Snake Pass to Manchester). Once the site of 20 cutlery-producing mills, you can still see the traces left by industry in the natural landscape – mill ponds, goits and dams. (Actually, perhaps it’s more accurate to talk about the ways in which industry made this natural landscape… ). On my walks along the river valley, I’ve discovered fragments of a clay pipe, pieces of broken crockery (one with the date 1789 stamped on the back), chunks of millstones, fist-sized lumps of black slag… On several occasions I’ve seen a heron – a strangely pre-historical bird that flies silently downriver like a grey and white pterodactyl… A few years ago, as we walked the dogs on Christmas day, an eagle wearing a yellow band around its leg observed us quietly from its vantage point in a tall tree. The fast-flowing river is punctuated with boulders, dams and waterfalls. In places, it runs ferrous red. (ACJ)
Jérôme is now in his second week as the third occursus artist in residence at Site Gallery.
Inspired by underground culture and artistic vanguard Grivel has developed a transdisciplinary practice that includes sound installation, sculpture, video and performance. As an interrogation of the extreme, his practice sails between silence and saturation, violence and quiet.
As an artist he has exhibited in group shows and festivals including Instant d’écoute, Le dojo, Nice, France (2011), 1975-2011, 6/6, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint Paul De Vence, France (2011), City Sonic #7, Mons, Belgium (2009), 54e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France (2009). As a musician he has played internationally with his band Sugar Pill and he has collaborated with several bands and musicians.
Jérôme will be leading the next reading loop (November 2nd) and, towards the end of his residency, will be screening one of the video works he has made during his time in Sheffield.
occursus welcomes its third artist in residence at Site Gallery, Jérôme Grivel, a graduate of the prestigious Villa Arson art school in France.
While he is in Sheffield, Jérôme will be exploring the possibilities of collaboration with Sheffield-based artists and musicians including Adam Denton (Trans/Human & Pandemic) and will also be developing two new video works.
Jérome Grivel, Galerie Cathérine Issert, September 2011
More information will be published about Jérôme’s residency throughout October.
The French artist Jérôme Grivel will be coming to Sheffield to begin a 4-week residency in summer 2011.
A graduate of the prestigious Villa Arson in Nice, his practice explores the problematic of sound and its reception by the spectator. His work is voluntarily physical, aggressive and even violent, drawing its inspiration from the artistic culture of the 1970s and the functions and principles of noise. This music, born of an underground culture, assumes from the moment of its production the effect it has on listeners. The work is about taking spectators somewhere, whether they appreciate that or not. It’s about saturating spaces, producing a physical implication in that space in order to confront better the elements which surround us.