12 November 2015 – 9 January 2016
12 November 2015 – 9 January 2016
“Delights” is the title of Jårg Geismars first solo show at the gallery. We are proud to reintroduce him in the art scene of Stockholm. Jårg Geismar is a German artist, born on Gotland and based in Dusseldorf. He graduated from Dusseldorf Art Academy and has a MFA from Parson School of Design and New School of Social Research in New York in the 80´s. He spent extensive time in New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and Gotland. The wide range of his works goes from sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, film, installation, interactive work and performance.
His artistic breadth, width and depth is impossible to categorize. And difficult to predict. Events in the present, the site's expressions, available materials, all this together and act portrayed in his works. One can still assume that there is always a social commitment, an interest in human life and interpersonal relationships. This seemingly simple and mundane reassessed and re-materialize in Geismar work.
As Kenny Schachter, one of the authors of Geismar's recent book, described “He is also known for titles of his works and projects that are light, humorous and optimistic, but in depth they projects on critical topics aiming for an open dialogue with the audience.”
In the site specific and humoristic work of Geismar How to get a mattress into a coffee cup in the gallery space one of Geismars most striking expressions of dialogue comes true; like a stage for humor and in the same time a stage for tragedy, as much like a scene for the theater as from real life, as much personal as common. This commutative entities makes life and art walk together in a contradictional dialogue. And once again quoting Schachter; “Geismar creeps and crawls into our consciousness like (nearly) invisible virus”
The title of the show, "Delights", is also imbedded with contradictions and an underline of questions about art and society. It raises a discussion about the beauty and joy of art in comparison to our time of increased commercialism and also of political activism, and about an unbalance between art and art business.
The line; the hand drawn line as well as the red cable, is a strong sign and nearly a trademark for Jårg Geismar. He always draws, every day, since childhood, and the lines he draws is both personal and reflective as well as something random that sharpens our sight. He draws on everything and clearly he often uses transparent materials as plastic, cellophane or glass panels. Those materials give the work a symbolic dimension of transparency, about hidden and shown, about private and common. There is also a sense of ambiguity about the piece, its combinative between drawing, reflection and moving image.
is born in Gotland 1958, he lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany and has lived and worked in Tokyo and in New York for long periods. He has, among other things studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art (1986) and at The New School of Social Research and Parsons School of Design in New York (MFA, 1988). Since 1995 he is a visiting professor and lecturer at several art academies in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is the founder of ATW - Around the World (1985), a global forum for interdisciplinary exchange. Since 1980, he has extensive international artistic activities with exhibitions at museums worldwide, numerous awards and scholarships. He is a well established artist in the international art scene. He was presented to the Swedish audience in 2003 with the major exhibition The Optimists on Liljevalchs. He participated in the show The Collectors at Uppsala Art Museum 2012 and he was also a part of GALLERY FAGERSTEDT first show – Observations 2014.
Exhibited at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, The Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto; Sagacho Exhibit Space Tokyo; The National Gallery Bangkok; the Fundacio Joan Miro Barcelona; Le Magasin-CNAC Grenoble; MAC Contemporary Art Museum Marseille; Göteborg Konsthall, Bildmuseum Umea; Konstmuseum Uppsala; BAC Baltic Art Centre Visby; Liljevalchs Konsthall Stockholm; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunst und Ausstellungshalle Bonn and venues such 45th Venice Biennial, the 7th International Bienniale of Architecture, Venice, Cultural Capital of Europe Stockholm 1998 and Marseille-Provence in 2013. He received grants and fellowships such DAAD (for New York), Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, Kunstfonds Bonn, AIAV Yamaguchi, Japan and IASPIS, Stockholm. Since 1995 he has been invited as lecturer and guest professor at various schools in Europe and Asia such HISK Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Gent; Musashino University, Tokyo, Silpakorn University, Bangkok; Kunstakademie Münster; Konstfack, Stockholm and Umea University.
Recent monographic publication Jårg Geismar "The Red Line" by Hatje Cantz with texts by Noemi Smolik and Kenny Schachter in English, French and German.