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Jonathan Meese


There isn’t much to be added to the reputation of artist Jonathan Meese, born in Tokyo in 1970. Hardly anyone today so casually performs the role of the „major artist“. Over the course of the last decade, Meese has amassed a huge oeuvre consisting of installations, performance, collages, paintings, bronze sculptures, videos, film props and stage sets. His works are networks of references to the history of German literature and philosophy, fictitious ur myths and real heroic epics, all fused into a idiosyncratic private mythology. At the centre of this seemingly obsessive artistic production, it is Meese himself who figures prominently: be in self-portraits in case of his collages, paintings and drawings, be it in persona in his performance actions and videos.

For Texte zur Kunst Jonathan Meese has produced an artist’s edition entitled „STIRNBAND ,BRUZZZELEE ‘, SHINGSHANGSCHEU“, 2009. It consists of a styrofoam head onto which red and yellow paint has been applied or poured. On different spots – for instance at the back of the head and around the ears – eyes and mouths, cut out from magazines, have been collaged. Around each head Meese has draped a samurai head band that he each time designed differently. The two unique copies, measuring 112 × 6 cm (head band ) and 27 × 14 × 20 cm (styrofoam head) come in an edition of 100+20APs.