Jim Peiffer

 ( 1987, Luxembourg)

Jim Peiffer was born on 11 August 1987. In 2014, he graduated as a BA of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, with a focus on drawing. Jim Peiffer lives and works in Luxembourg.
For those standing before his works, the art of Jim Peiffer is of a singularity that is both familiar and disturbing. This singularity emanates above all from the shift of references that are disturbing for anyone facing them. The works in question were mostly executed between 2010 and 2017. Jim Peiffer studied in Brussels at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, of which he is a graduate, but he has been drawing and painting with a clear talent since almost his early childhood. Certainly expressive, but without any empathy, his works propose a mode of composition of which the artist is the subject actor and the object present / absent. Thus are represented immobile historiae, in like manner to the architectural spaces of De Chirico in which everything that is included is petrified...
In Jim Peiffer's works, we can identify motifs, figures, reminiscences or uses of external sources fairly easily, and he groups these together in order to create hybrid objects suggesting an attention paid to images and depictions seen in books, museums and countless websites where the flow of images is inexhaustible. We cannot list the nomenclature of these samples here, any more than we can describe all the motifs and figures they allow the artist to imitate and assemble. Let us emphasise again that it is hardly possible to describe each of the compositions in which the artist arranges them; at times, he aligns them through the more or less stable application of the rule of isocephaly typical of spaces with a signifying perspective, which in Byzantine mosaics, according to Paris and Grabar, confirms the symbolic power. We will confine ourselves here to some significant quotations of works whose “strangeness”, in the sense of “estrangement” accorded by Ginzburg inspired by Shklovsky, foils any methodical understanding in its realistic precipitation. It is easy to invoke Lautréamont in the face of these juxtapositions of female body parts on pedestals or implanted in architectural ruins, unfinished, resulting clearly from depictions of painted architectures. Firmly structured, intensely circumscribed or coloured, in their reality as non-functional object and given their size, they interfere in the space of the works by their foreshortened perspective that is out of scale and inapplicable, disorienting all points of view. It is just as easy, but much more convincing, to see Hieronymus Bosch as a purveyor of eccentric motifs and infernal figures. Jim Peiffer does not copy him, but he has looked at his works and has certainly seen something other than a grotesque and infernal world...

Bernard Ceysson
Luxembourg, April 2018
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Jim Peiffer, Wandhaff
December 14, 2019 - February 15, 2020