101/EXHIBIT PRESENTS ARTIST MARCUS ANTONIUS JANSEN SOLO EXHIBITION, â€œZEITGEISTâ€
WHO: 101/exhibit proudly presents â€œZEITGEIST,â€ a solo exhibition by internationally renowned painter Marcus Antonius Jansen. Jansen will exhibit large and small-scale works that carry us into the shadows of the 21st century. With a keen awareness of his surroundings, Jansen creates a surreal, urban-like atmosphere filled with subconscious revelations that foretell a future fraught with consequence. Violent brushstrokes, changing textures, and instinctive contrast of color reflect an explosive spontaneity that is the direct, raw effect of emotion.
Noted art historian Jerome A. Donson, who worked with many painters in the past, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, states, “Jansen’s paintings are reminiscent of the Ash Can school. There will be many followers in this style of work, but there will be only one Marcus Jansen.”
Jansen’s intellectually provocative and paradoxical work encourages discourse among viewers. Inspired by political and social events of today, he paints his own interpretations as he tries to separate truth from fiction in a world of increasing disinformation. His paintings ask us to look at the world in a new way and to consider not only our interdependence but also the universal nature of our existence. We are forced to recognize the repercussions of our own apathy and then ask ourselves, â€œWhat are my responsibilities and how much am I willing to sacrifice?â€
Jansen continues to remind us that progress has a price. In his most recent work, the streets are filled with the crumbling infrastructure of a previous generation. Isolated figures walk in the aftermath without refuge from the surveillance of new world technology. Spotlights illuminate the scenery, as the stage is set for a virtual wasteland rich in metaphorical imagery.
The themes that run through Jansenâ€™s work are vast in scope but are indicative of his insightful ability to see how they correlate. Genetically modified food, increased surveillance, the degradation of education, corporate greed, and global dominance are just a few of these themes. He brings our attention to the things we would normally overlook, while reminding us that within our struggle resides beauty.
WHEN: Opening reception with Marcus Antonius Jansen
Saturday, May 8, 2010
7:00 â€“ 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view until June 8, 2010
WHERE: 101/exhibit, 101 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Marcus Antonius Jansenâ€™s sweeping urban landscapes show a unique display of apocalyptic dreamscapes from the artist’s imagination. His delivery is a sophisticated blend of complex overlapping layers and compositions. Marcus Jansen is a world traveler who spent his childhood living in New York City and Germany. He joined the Armed Forces and eight years later discharged and transformed his life from a Gulf War Veteran to an internationally sought after painter. His work can be found in important art museum collections such as The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. Jansen’s art commissions include Ford Motor Company and more recently, Warner Brothers, Hollywood and FIFA World Cup TM 2010 in South Africa.
ABOUT THE GALLERY: 101/exhibit is a unique space dedicated to showcasing provocative art and, as such, will provide an ideal backdrop for Fleisher and his work. By pushing boundaries and dissecting the predictable, the gallery is quickly gathering a strong following of fine art tastemakers and trailblazers. Owned and operated by Jerome Shaw, Sloan Schaffer and Adam Wolfson, 101/exhibit strives to provide a dynamic gathering place unrestricted by era, locale, or convention. 101/exhibit is located at 101 NE 40th Street, in the heart of Miami’s Design District. For more information on the exhibition or 101/exhibit, call (305) 573- 2101 or visit www.101exhibit.com.