Tang Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by the German artist Jonas Burgert. Burgert’s first solo show in Asia, introduces new paintings constructing other dimensions and filled with obscure characters. Burgert examines contemporary life and illustrates his vision of human existence.
According to the artist, “For me it is not interesting to show what is there, for me it is interesting to show what is also there. The subtext. I try to see what is behind the people around me, what is behind the surface. Painting is a visual media: how can I visually show what is behind the surface? Maybe it is a very little thing – sometimes I leave tiny clues, sometimes I make it look very dramatic. It is interesting for me to see what is behind the scene, and not only the bad things, also the good things.”
Burgert uses omniscient view to present a grand narrative on his large canvases, while his small canvases offer a microscopic view of the individual subjects, under his meticulously examination and mysterious portraying. Burgert has the ability to introduce us to a visual collection of events and individuals, allowing us to identify ourselves with it. His paintings show human figures dressed in odd costumes, painted faces, and obscure objects. What is inanimate and what is alive is often unclear. Darkness looms in Burgert’s works, reminding the viewer of the dangerous interaction with life and death. There are apparent references to the Renaissance and the Flemish masters such as Hieronymus Bosch in Burgert’s paintings. The use of luminous colours and grotesque figures highlights the balance between memory and imagination. Burgert creates a wide range of works with in-depth analysis, culminating in the exhibition Ein Klang Lang.