Jeremy Penn
The Beauty in the Breakdown

September 21 - October 21, 2017

Bodyscape I , 2016, acrylic and vintage erotica on panel, 36 x 48 inches  (inquire)

Bodyscape I, 2016, acrylic and vintage erotica on panel, 36 x 48 inches (inquire)

What is love? This fundamental question has engaged humans for centuries, sparking debate and dividing opinion. Some say it’s merely a neurological condition; others believe it’s a more spiritual state of being. What’s undeniable is the power of love, and its ability to inflict both great pleasure and terrible pain. Jeremy’s latest artworks explore the darker side of the emotion: the addictive nature of being in love with someone, and craving love in return.

Love addiction may sound like a modern concept, but it’s been around for centuries. Sometimes called the Romeo complex, it is a paradoxical, occasionally destructive condition. Humans yearn for physical and emotional intimacy without understanding what drives this desire, and in doing so, lose touch with what love really is.

The Beauty in the Breakdown is one of Jeremy’s most personal collections to date, a sensitive reflection on what it means to lose (and rediscover) yourself. Though artists are often perceived as invincible, Jeremy’s work demonstrates that creativity can be vulnerable, and is often affected by loss of self-worth and purpose, brought about by destructive relationships. 

After a period of withdrawal from love addiction, unable to paint, Jeremy gradually broke through the lens of limerence, creating powerful art that blends modernity with affirmative wording. The collection represents the artist’s journey from a dark, lonely place to one of empowerment and positivity. Through the use of reflective surfaces, the viewer is encouraged to actively participate in the artwork, to question their own attitudes and values, and to reflect on the nature of love, on a deeper, more meaningful level.

New York-based modern artist Jeremy Penn, was born in 1979 in New York City and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and received honors from curators at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Penn’s work is prized within some of the most prestigious modern art collections in the world. In 2014, Refinery29 referred to Penn as an “Andy Warhol x Richard Phillips Hybrid.”