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Jens Joneleit

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Birthplace
Offenbach, Germany

Birth year
1968

Lives in
Berlin

Works in
Berlin & Frankfurt

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

Representing galleries
Hübner + Hübner (Frankfurt)

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

Jens Joneleit

BORN 1968, OFFENBACH, GERMANY 

1994: BFA IN PAINTING; COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, USA 

1997: MFA IN PAINTING; ART DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, USA 

STUDIED WITH PAINTERS JEFFREY FREEMAN, RICHARD LONG, RICHARD REESE & DANIEL RAMIREZ 

2006: RECIPIENT OF THE ERNST-VON-SIEMENS COMPOSITION AWARD 

VISUAL WORKS HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN GERMANY & USA 

2010: FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION, GALERIE HÜBNER & HÜBNER, HALLE AM WASSER, HAMBURGER BHF, BERLIN 

2010: WORLD PREMIERE OF HIS OPERA - M E T A N O I A - DANIEL BARENBOIM CONDUCTING, STATE OPERA BERLIN, TRANSMITTED LIVE BY ARTE TELEVISION ACROSS EUROPE 

WORKS AS ARTIST, COMPOSER & FILM-MAKER 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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