Jana Gunstheimer: Methods of Destruction Galerie Conrads

ISBN: 9783942405966

Published: September 25th 2012


176 pages


Jana Gunstheimer: Methods of Destruction  by  Galerie Conrads

Jana Gunstheimer: Methods of Destruction by Galerie Conrads
September 25th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9783942405966 | 8.24 Mb

Ghostly Sceneries and Inscrutable Apparitions.Jana Gunstheimer (b. Zwickau 1974- lives and works in Jena) draws on the world as a reservoir of undiscovered possibilities, ferreting out what is concealed and mysterious. Reality turns out, in her art, to be a conglomerate of labyrinthine spaces and fantastic stories.

Fact and fiction can no longer be clearly separated.Gunstheimer spent the year 2010 as a fellow at Villa Massimo, Rome. The city became for her the point of departure and source of motifs for drawings, objects, and environments in which the omnipresence of the Catholic Church, with its belief in miracles and its outlandish legends, plays a particular role.

In her most recent series of pictures, Methods of Destruction (2011-12), she documents what seem to be historic precedents of the symbolic destruction of art. Yet the destructive act remains an imagination that is realized only in Gunstheimers drawings: the watercolor by Paul Klee is safe and sound- Anselm Feuerbachs painting Nanna as Virginia remains undamaged.Gunstheimers works always operate with possible truths, deftly taking up past or contemporary events and spinning them out, with striking logical consistency, into the realm of invention.

In so doing, they employ the means of irony and black humor in such subtle doses that the artists confabulations, rather than appearing to the naked eye, operate in this play of absurdities as brilliant moments of artistic irritation and amusement.This monograph presents Jana Gunstheimers works in pencil as well as some earlier installations. With essays by Magdalena Kroner and Vanessa Joan Muller.

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