JAN-OLE SCHIEMANN | NADA MIAMI BEACH 2015
1107 Greenacre Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan-Ole Schiemann: Nada Miami Beach 2015
MIER GALLERY is proud to announce a project booth at NADA Miami Beach 2015 featuring the work of German-born artist Jan-Ole Schiemann. This will be the gallery’s first time participating at NADA and second solo presentation of Jan-Ole Schiemann, after Expo Chicago 2015.
A recent graduate and student of Albert Oehlen and Andreas Schulze at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Schiemann challenges the tradition of paint on canvas through collage-like techniques in multiple layers of ink. Blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration, the traditional figure-ground relationship is in question within his practice, constructing works of a psychological and playful nature.
The gallery will mount paintings, displaying a different painting each day, while incorporating his rigorous drawing practice in an atypical form – wallpaper. The dynamic environment that the wallpaper will create offers his paintings a backdrop to play off of, also emphasizing the many-layered nature of his process.
Working with ‘cells’ from Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoons, Jan-Ole Schiemann produces drawings and paintings that via layer-by-layer construction, reflect the production process of 20th century animation. These darkly hallucinatory compositions retain something of Modernism’s formalism yet conflate histories such as comic strips, Soviet art and Abstraction in a contemporary manner that echoes the process of cell animation itself. He begins by collecting stills, or part of a still, and collages the images using transparencies. These selections are then projected on the wall, with each image serving as a new layer of the composition. The picture planes begin with bold, absorbent fields that act more like dyes or stains, providing the groundwork for successive layers of more restrained, sharp gestures. The resulting surface creates the illusion of depth, but is surprisingly flat; so flat that they could be printed.
Formally, Schiemann’s paintings follow a pattern similar to comic strips or even filmstrips, painted frame upon frame. The main characters emerge from the eerie, exaggerated shapes of shadows or the elegant curve of Betty Boop’s camisole – originally secondary players in a scene. In the rhythmic and melodic swoops of his lines, he glides through large areas of ink with elegant movements and pristine results.
Schiemann not only utilizes found footage out of the cartoons but also merges the appropriated imagery with elements from his rigorous drawing practice. Although the compositions are prepared and planned, there always remains an element of spontaneity; as the painting progresses, there is room to react, to change something, or to use coincidences.
Schiemann’s works on paper are integral to his practice. Both bodies of work, often created simultaneously, influence and inform one another in form and content. His drawings bring together elements of memories and his own interpretations of the animations. As shapes pop in and out, it is clear that many of the artist’s own marks and lines are directly translated into his paintings. Shown together, they give full insight into Schiemann’s oeuvre.
The presentation addresses the contemporary condition of the two afore mentioned disciplines, providing a condensed context for how Schiemann deals with and understands timeless concepts such as color, line, form and composition. The works also provide an exploration of what it means to conceptually mine the prevalent histories that connect these two disciplines and the historical contexts through which they move. Schiemann’s distinct voice is a clear example of the crucialnature between the two mediums.
Jan-Ole Schiemann (b. 1983, Kiel, Germany) lives and works in Cologne, Germany and is a graduate of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Albert Oehlen and Andreas Schulze (2007-2013). Recently Schiemann was included in 17 Abstract Paintings, Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne (2014) and Modell Kusntverein1: Benefiz Auktion, Kunstverein Aachen, Germany (2014). For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the exhibition online www.miergallery.com.