Marcus Jansen: Frontline Report
Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
Reception Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 6-9 p.m.
Galleri Urbane in Dallas will host a solo show for Urban Expressionist Marcus Jansen entitled Frontline Report. The exhibition will include selected works (2008-2012) from Jansen’s two dimensional large and small sweeping urban style works created by Jansen.
Art Historian Jerome A. Donson has noted that Jansen’s work is reminiscent of the Ash-Can School, and has referred to him as the “innovator of Modern Expressionism.” With a gestural quality, Jansen’s paintings bring the urban landscape to life and he creates a critical dialog with his depictions of, what Art Critic and Historian Donald Miller calls, the “mean streets.” Jansen’s sensuous use of oil enamel paint lends his paintings a rich quality which makes these “mean streets” fabulous and enticing. Jansen, who is listed in the Who’s Who in American Art and the Who’s Who in International Art, was born in New York, but raised and educated in Germany. He trained at the Berufsfachschule feur Gestaltug/Design in Moenchaglandbach, Germany and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War. After the war he was treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with art therapy, and has since devoted himself fully to redefining the urban landscape through his painting.
Jansen’s works can be found amongst the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, and The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. His most recent commission from the ABSOLUT VODKA company, for the ABSOLUT BLANK bottle campaign, has brought him increasing global attention. With this commission his name joins the ranks of other artists who have painted for the company including: Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring.
Gallery Director/Owner Ree Willaford invited Jansen to show in November at the Gallery, making it his first solo show in Texas. Galleri Urbane, established in 1999, represents emerging and established artists living in the United States with a primary focus on artists whose work reflects current art movements both nationally and internationally. These artists are represented in museums as well as in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. The artists work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and conceptual. Amongst these ranks are the artists Michael Berman, Theo Wujcik, Kate Carr, and Jessica Drenk, among others.
The reception for Jansen’s Frontline Report will be held on November 17, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. Marcus will be at the gallery Saturday from 1-2 signing Absolut Blank posters, with a Q and A. Contact: Ree Willaford – www.galleriurbane.com – 432.386.0590 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
New American Paintings No. 94
There is something distinctly apocalyptic about Marcus Jansen’s paintings, which characteristically depict interiors that have been opened to the outside, often by way of an absent or partly shattered ceiling, but also by an ambiguous depiction of space itself. The rooms in his pictures are blocked in with slab-like planes of paint, which often seem to dwarf the solitary figure huddled inside. Very often the viewer has the impression that multiple spaces are crowded into one frame, vying for attention while also partly canceling each other out. What holds the compositions together are their strongly rectilinear structures, as well as the artist’s expressionistic paint handling. Through this combination of the familiar and the impossible, Jansen suggests a future in which all of the creature comforts that we take for granted may end up collapsing before our eyes.
Dan Cameron, (Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art)
Critics Review and videos about the artists