Works on Paper
Thomas Solomon gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Berlin based artist Jonas Lipps. This is the artists first solo exhibition in the US and the first time his work will be shown in Los Angeles. The show will open at Thomas Solomon Gallery with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 14th, 6 - 8 PM at 427 Bernard Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Jonas Lipps (b. 1979, Freiburg, Germany) most often makes works on paper alluding to genres ranging from landscape to still life. In small format typically no larger then the standard European size A4 paper, he uses watercolors and found imagery. The paper, ill-suited to these materials, poses a resistance to the images leading to something more imagined then representational.
When viewing the work as a collection, these landscapes, still lifes, and portraits begin to suggest a narrative, albeit an ambiguous one. Like a draft for novel, the pages are laid out as potential scenes later abandoned by their author. The paper ranges in origin: leaflets, book pages, grid paper torn from exercise books, sometimes stained or ripped.
Still the viewer lands in a situation that avoids the anecdotal. Much of what’s needed to fill in the blanks seems to be happening outside of the frame, between pages. Things that are familiar in the pictures only suggest meaning temporarily, before traversing into a wry accumulation of gestures, symbols, and anthropomorphic figures.
Jonas Lipps was educated at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin and is currently living and working in Berlin. He has had solo exhibitions at Klostefelde Gallery (Berlin) and two-person shows together with Tobias Buche at Fracesca Minini (Milano) and Lehmann Maupin Gallery (New York.) In 2007 his work was part of an exhibition at Allsopp Contemporary (London) that included the work of Kitty Kraus and Blinky Palermo. This is the first time that Lipp's work is being shown in Los Angeles.