Jonathan Meese - DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013
Oil and acrylics on canvas
210 x 140 cm
Jonathan Meese’s large format paintings take up the tradition of German Neo-Expressionism and Viennese Actionism to embody powerful images full of symbols and references. Through multi-media paintings that often include collages and writings, Meese invokes German historical figures such as Wagner or Hitler, Hollywood actors and comic figures. In a very personal style, Meese presents his chaotic and obsessive worldview on matters such as war, social disenchantment or the meaning of art.
The painting DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG" from 2013 offers the viewer a mixture of confusing forms and expressive colors. The ambivalence between the bright, friendly colours and the somewhat disturbing choice of motifs is particularly striking. In this work Meese also plays with the combination of text, signs, line and surface. The result is a painting that provokes and overwhelms. With his works, Meese wants to stimulate, tease and take the viewer out of his comfort zone.