ULRIKE THEUSNER UND JAZZ-MINH MOORE - THE PROMISED LAND
07.01.2017 - 22.04.2017
Ulrike Theusner und Jazz-minh Moore - The Promised Land
7th January till 22nd April 2017
We cordially invite you and your friends to the opening with Ulrike Theusner.
Please join us on Saturday, 7 January at 8 pm.
We welcome special guest speaker Kai Uwe Schierz.
Ulrike and Jazz-minh met in 2010 at a dinner party in the Village, NYC. That same year, they cofounded GutBox art collective, and had their first exhibition as a collective in New York City’s ‘Y Gallery’ on the Lower East Side. By 2012, GutBox had completed two more solo exhibitions, in NYC and in the LA area, as well as a permanent installation at the Magoski Arts Colony.
Ulrike Theusner, Van collecting Flowers, 2016, Acryl, Tusche und Pastell auf Leinwand, 60 x 40 cm
Jazz-minh Moore, And The Band Played On, 2016, mixed media, 27,6 x 34,8 cm
"This body of work begins with a series of paintings juxtaposing an abandoned American diner with the new multi-billion-dollar ‘Biospheres’ currently under construction in Seattle. The America of our grandparents’ generation is being abandoned for new, high-tech or exotic options. Many people have been left behind. This is not new news, but it has become magnified with our recent election.
A few days after the election, French painter Eugene Delacroix’s historic tour de force painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’ flashed in my mind. I began creating multi-figure scenarios based on that famous composition.
In addition to the Liberty paintings and the architectural works, there is a series of very small portraits of close friends. Their expressions hint at the complexities of life for my generation. Choosing in-between, raw expressions is my way to applaud something fiercely real and un-simulated.
‘And The Band Played On’ is a relief from heavy subject matter. I believe that it’s the artist’s duty to bring clarity, truth and vibrancy to the culture in difficult times."