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Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013

   

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013
Oil and acrylics on canvas
210 x 140 cm

Jonathan Meese’s large format paintings take up the tradition of German Neo-Expressionism and Viennese Actionism to embody powerful images full of symbols and references. Through multi-media paintings that often include collages and writings, Meese invokes German historical figures such as Wagner or Hitler, Hollywood actors and comic figures. In a very personal style, Meese presents his chaotic and obsessive worldview on matters such as war, social disenchantment or the meaning of art. 

The painting DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG" from 2013 offers the viewer a mixture of confusing forms and expressive colors. The ambivalence between the bright, friendly colours and the somewhat disturbing choice of motifs is particularly striking. In this work Meese also plays with the combination of text, signs, line and surface. The result is a painting that provokes and overwhelms. With his works, Meese wants to stimulate, tease and take the viewer out of his comfort zone.

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013 (gerahmt)

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013 (Ausschnitt)

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013 (Ausschnitt) 

Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013 (Ausschnitt) 

About artist
Jonathan Meese
Tokio, 1970

Jonathan Meese (*23.1.1970, Tokio) is a German painter, sculptor, performance artist and installation artist based in Berlin and Hamburg. Meese's works include a wide range of medias, amongst others paintings, collages, drawings and writing. The prevailing subjects of his works are figures of world history, myths and heroic saga. From 1999 Meese has been included in several national as well as international solo- and group exhibitions.
His oeuvre substantially consists in staging and transforming his own character. Thematically, Meese often refers to National Socialist issues; he also uses idiomatic and theatrical stylistic devices with reference to German philosophy and literature.