MEESE - THE BOILER ROOM
JONATHAN MEESE – THE BOILER ROOM
The Saatchi Gallery is to open an exhibition of work by Jonathan Meese in its Boiler Room on 23rd January 2004.
Meese, one of the more infamous young artists working in Berlin, is showing a new 30 ft painting, one of his most ambitious works to date. Die Staatsversuchung der Gebenedeiten im Erzland ("The Temptation of the State of the Blessed Ones in "Archland") is a religious painting for the 21st century. Comprised of three panels, it’s an altarpiece to a different kind of god.
A self-proclaimed ‘cultural exorcist’, Jonathan Meese embodies various aspects of contemporary social issues (politics, religion, science, history etc) in his work. He mangles ideals of power with b-movie media references and heavy metal aesthetics in a quest for an ultimate ‘Truth’.
Further Meese works on display include a bronze sculpture and a series of portraits.
The ‘Empire’ portraits explore notions of power. A fictional and factional cast of characters from Jesus, Satan, Stalin, vampires, wolves, leopards, military leaders and filmstars are Meese’s source material – all have become vehicles to produce self-portrait ‘performances’, using his own trashy aesthetic.
A Jonathan Meese solo museum show, featuring his bronze sculptures, is opening this month at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.
The Boiler Room is dedicated to showcasing emerging talent and over the past year has exhibited works by Rebecca Warren, Ian Monroe, James Hopkins and Christian Ward.
Other European artists with works currently on display in the gallery include Luc Tuymans, Martin Kippenberger, Daniel Richter, Marlene Dumas, Tal R and Berlinde de Bruyckere.