MARQUIS D’ OCTAN (MISS MEESI-P-EGGY DOC DOGGY PIGGY DICK DICKSON DICK DUCKY IS IN TOWN)
January 12 - March 1, 2012
Opening Thursday January 12, 20:00-22:00
The Bernier/Eliades Gallery is proud to present the latest body of work by Jonathan Meese in the exhibition: “MARQUIS D’ OCTAN (MISS MEESI-P-EGGY DOC DOGGY PIGGY DICK DICKSON DICK DUCKY IS IN TOWN)”. It is the artist’s first show in Greece and includes a series of new paintings and sculptures on a large scale created especially.
Jonathan Meese (b. 1970, Tokyo) appeared on the international art scene back in 1998 and is now one of the contemporary art world's most enigmatic, seductive and rebellious figures. He is renowned for his multi-faceted work, including wildly exuberant paintings that mix personal hieroglyphics and collage, installations, ecstatic performances, and a powerful body of sculptures in a variety of media.
At the core of his work remains an unrelenting sense of history, based on intimate drawings, symbols and objects which form the mythological universe of his life’s work, drawing in the innocent by-stander almost by force.
Meese has a reputation for explosive productions in large formats, in which he positions his mythological figures, collage poetry, fields of colour and quotations in an uncontrollably expressive fashion. In his works one can also observe a particular obsession towards the more notorious or tragic figures: Nero, Imhotep, Caligula, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler have all made guest-star appearances, alongside Meese’s self-portraits and literary quotes that come to embody ideological and political statements.
His latest paintings and sculptures are the fruit of a new phase of exploration of the medium. Paintings overflow with collage, slogans and graffiti in a post-apocalyptic twilight that lingers between extreme humor and violence. The artist has orchestrated a conflict between varnishes and impastos, dynamic action strokes and fine lines derived from an esoteric universe that squeezes the forces of good and evil out of antiquity, history and contemporary popular culture.