The one and only mysterious photographer we know as JR is back in NYC with a solo show at Perrotin Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As usual JR has transformed the space into his personal playground converting the gallery into a conduit for social change and awareness. Using his trademark black and white photo portrait style along with some interactive pieces such as moving model trains & a documentary film, JR expresses his concerns about modern society, and immigration in particular.
It seems like JR is not satisfied unless he can go BIG. Those familiar with his work know that he is always pushing boundaries, and doing so mostly on a grandiose scale. This has been illustrated many times over including his work in the favelas of Brazil entitled “Women Are Heroes” & his “Inside Out” project which was located in NYC’s Times Square.
Jr’s current show at Perrotin Gallery is no different. Patrons even before entering the gallery are treated to a larger than life photograph of an individual climbing the outside of the gallery and taking a peak into the installation. This alone is worth the trip!
Once inside viewers can explode the two story space and discover everything from standard framed photographs, to films staring past collaborators (like Robert De Niro), and full walls of trains featuring an almost mosaics effect of faces which travel back and forth on metal rails.
These photo’s do not do the exhibition justice. Do yourself a favor and head over to Perrotin Gallery and bring your camera!
130 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
June 28 – August 17, 2018
All Photo’s & Text Copyright 2018 Matthew A. Eller. Follow me on Instagram @ellerlawfirm.