Paper Positions Munich 2018
18. – 21. October 2018 / Solo Show with Paul Jacobsen
GALERIE VON & VON is pleased to present new works on paper by the New York artist Paul Jacobsen at the Paper Positions Munich from October 18-21, 2018 in a solo show at booth #34.
The paper series shows flags made with charcoal that float dynamically across the canvas. The streaks running to the lower edge of the picture support the composition by referring to the historical context. Burnt wooden beams frame the work and support the statement of the works.
Since the 1880s, the black flag has been considered an authoritarian symbol that represents both the absence and resistance to a nation-state. Nowadays the artist sees the role of a government increasingly critical. He argues that democracy and authoritarianism are not necessarily a contradiction. Even if society has been a long way from egalitarianism since the genocidal beginnings, Jacobsen believes that a new shameful chapter has recently opened in the book of American history. But instead of concentrating on the ideals of an economy with workers’ collectives, consumer cooperatives or an end to the military-industrial complex, Jacobsen wants to illustrate a moment of silence and lamentation with the motif of the black flag. He is referring to all the hard-won victories of indigenous people, the common people, and women’s and homosexual rights, which he sees threatened today more than ever, as well as work and environmental protection measures.
The works are not only to be understood as a political statement, but can also be seen as a return back to the roots with regard to the materials used and the inherent elements of fire, wood and coal.
Paper Positions Munich
18. – 21. October 2018
Alte Bayerische Staatsbank