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Jens Joneleit

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Offenbach, Germany

Birth year

Lives in

Works in
Berlin & Frankfurt

UW-Madison, 1997, MFA
U-South Dakota, 1994, BFA

Representing galleries
Hübner + Hübner (Frankfurt)

abstract, digital, photography, modern, video-art, mixed-media, video, film, music composition, discontinuity, non-objective

Jens Joneleit

Born 1968 in Offenbach, Germany.

1994: BFA Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota, USA

1997: MFA Painting,  University of Wisconsin, USA 

Studied with painters Jeffrey Freeman, Richard Long, Richard Reese & Daniel Ramierz 

Visual works have been shown in both USA and Europe.


Also, known as a contemporary music composer and filmmaker.  

2006: Recipient of the Ernst-von-Siemens Composition Award

2010:  World premiere of his opera METANOIA with Daniel Barenboim conducting, State Opera Berlin and transmitted live by ARTE Television across Europe 

2013/14  Music Video SMOLA-DIVE appeared in four festivals in NYC, Toronto, London and Frankfurt

2014  Finished first feature film BACHOFFEN.  

Currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

Personal Artist Statement

What is the purpose of the artist in a time when everyone out there is an artist? Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube — anyone and everyone with access can express him or herself in the blink of an eye to a niche audience or even wake up one morning to a viral hit. Does this kind of expression though drive current issues that stick out or is it just consumptious regurgitation in which anything goes?

As a visual artist,  I take a particular point of view. I like to surprise myself exploring current issues through discontinuity. With each new series I create using canvas, paper on wood, I want to engage in a total re-evaluation — confronting the storm of possibilities.  By keeping my ego in check, I want to create works that stand alone trying to unify the un-unifiable.  Even when I create chances I know I run the risk of failure.  But that’s what makes it fun…that razor thin edge. 

For me, post-modernism, with all the constant borrowing, mashing, sampling and appropriating, has utterly exhausted itself and stands at twilight.  I don’t appropriate any content of virtual reality nor take inventory of iconographic information.  I just want to embrace a new visual language that’s fresh and confront my own perceptions of today’s quickly changing Zeitgeist.  I want to create experiences, not messages and I never ask whether my art is political or not because I believe all art is political.  I want to surprise myself and the viewer with unpredictable puzzles and paradoxes always stretching my boundaries of creative vigor. 

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