Horst Janssen

February 23, 2010

I actually don’t have any concept of how popular Horst Janssen is, but because his name clicked in my memory the other day I want to share.  My German freshman-year room mate was in love with Janssen and exposed me to all of his work.  She even painted an uncanny portrait of him from memory late one night.  Being up, she asked me down to the studio to see.  His face was imprinted in her mind enough to need no reference to capture his image and personality.  Since, many variations of his name have been in my mind.  “Jansen” is what I couldn’t get out of my head the other day and I googled variations of “jansen,” “german janson,” “painter hans janson,” etc.  I clicked images and found that oh-so distinctive style.

It is the richness in mark-making and crazed intention that is what I strive for unsuccessfully in my own work.  I will spare a bio on Janssen here, but here is one here.  And here.

And here he is:

And here he is as drawn by himself:

Here is an image we are all familiar with locally:

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Louisiana ’08

December 30, 2008

I recently got back from my annual trip to Louisiana to visit my family.  Overall it was pretty exciting.  

 

I bunched all of the pictures together, but most of them are from Prospect 1 in New Orleans.  

While there, I visited the NOMA and the CAC.

 

 I wasn’t able to get many  pictures from the Contemporary Arts Center than I did, but there were many really neat things there.  

* One really great one was Candice Breitz’s video installation, LEGEND (A portrait of Bob Marley).  Thirty Jamaicans individually sing their version of Legend to headphones.  It’s really cool.  This is the only video i could find of it.

 

* Jackie Sumell’s work, The House that Herman Built 

A sort of collaboration between artist and Angola prisoner (Herman Wallace) answering the question “What kind of house does a man who lives in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?”

Through a 4 year correspondence , Sumell was able to create multimedia examples of Herman’s dream house, including a fly-through CAD model (pictured above).

Here is the Times Picayune article on it.

 

There were a few other artists included that I don’t have documentation of, but they included: Julie Mehretu, Robin Rhode, Isaac Julien (who’s video installation starred and was entitled Baltimore), and Allora & Calzadilla.

 

If in the area, it’s worth it.  I wish I would’ve had more time to explore because I know it won’t be there the next time I visit.