KASPER SONNE - BLACK BOX, GALERIE JEANROCHDARD

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Installation view, Black Box, Galerie Jeanroch Dard

Black Box gives the visitor the opportunity to experience a situation of visualisation. The tents determine an aesthetic context, of approach and ownership at the same time as they include content under development. Arranged in the space as kinds of totems, the six insulating tents or growing rooms portray the scenario of a shift, a decision and suggest a hidden or invisible content. Kasper Sonne questions here the role of the individual and free will within their cultural and social context. The Danish artist develops here a dual vocabulary which questions the symbols and shared aesthetic values. Inside these tents, preserved by their insulating actions and lighting, the paintings framed by the artist redefine their own context of presentation. Offering the visitor a choice and an action, the artist refutes the accepted comfort a priori of passive aesthetic contemplation and urges the subject to adopt a position.
The TXC paintings and the BAD paintings (ashes), a new series of the artist, include like their enclosures their own paradoxes. Built a priori from symbolically destructive materials and principles - the toxic products which attack the acrylic paint or the volcanic ash resulting from the phenomenon of eruption - the canvas bears at the same time certain salvific virtue - the volcanic ash has been used for centuries by certain Melanesian or Polynesian tribes as skincare - based paradoxically on the principles of decomposition. As aesthetic, creative and powerful forces of language, the paintings transform and convey information that the visitor, taken in this context of involvement, is encouraged to approach in a new way. Broadcast on flat screens and completing the scenario, the «Bad Chemistry» (2014) and «The List» (2010) videos, emptied of any «image» content and any iconographic representation question and put into perspective our traditional relationship with the media and information through the repeated broadcast of a torrent of written statements affirming stereotype after stereotype in disarray and without hierarchy. Devoid of any seductive strategy, each affirmation offered up to the conscience and responsibility of each person.
The language of Kasper Sonne thus offers a distance and reflection of a situation. Blurring the aesthetic lines and turning pictures into words, and words into pictures, he creates real fictions that invite the visitor to join the experience. Thus protected a priori from social and cultural archetypes, the paintings are excluded from a form of trivialisation and simplification in their consumption.
Difficult to photograph in this scenario and therefore impossible to share on social networks in their entirety, the paintings defy the excessive circulation of the image and redefine certain visual reflexes. The Black Box, as with aeronautics, or the automotive or maritime sectors, is a data recorder which contains and keeps information, an insulated dark room, hermetic, where language is created which produces its own references, a space where the entrance, once unzipped, urges each conscience to transform itself. 

Kasper Sonne - Black Box
Galerie Jeanrochdard (Brussels), February 28 - April 11
www.jeanrochdard.com
Courtesy of Galerie Jeanrochdard - Photography by Hugard & Vanoverschelde and text by Elisa Rigoulet.