Lecturer in: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Jårg Geismar is an Artist as a philosophical visualist
Jårg Geismar is a philosophical visualist who utilizes a variety of mediums to interrelate human and the world, human and history, and humans and humans, to create vivid scene where self and the other “reunite”.
“Reunion” is a word that I believe well describes his attitude. The global truth is now constrained by the implanted, homogenous frame of the world, but it originally resides within innate ourselves. I’m sure Geismar has explored to find the way to encounter, or, “reunite” with the truth.
It is obvious that his nomadic experience, drifting along Düsseldorf, Bangkok, New York, and Tokyo has had undeniable impact on his philosophy.
Whatever Topos, places, he resides has different history and culture, but he always has had clear consciousness of being himself as a living existence, while sensing the world through anti-authoritarian objects, all of which are quite ordinary and mundane, like thin wires, transparent sheets, or folk crafts.
The role of art is clearly exemplified here, which is to guide us to discover inherent meaning of the world, history, and human beings, in the manner Wittgenstein contemplated philosophy and the world from linguistic point of view, definitely not by merely providing pragmatic production to the society.
Hiroshi Minamishima, art critic, professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan 2008
On the move- Shinyoung Chung
The time spent on the move is perhaps the only hours my brain cells are relaxed
Once the flight is airborne, all the trouble seems far away
When the second mini bottle of red wine kicks in and the in-flight entertainment features yet another Scarlett Johansson movie
I stretch my legs and let someone else worry about proofreading the essays, checking on the translations, contacting artists for captions and calling designers yet again for the mock-up that was supposed to have arrived four days ago.
By the time the seatbelt sign is turned back on and you get that sinking feeling in the stomack.
I peel off my moisturizing facial mask and dig into my bag for the cell phone
Shinyoung Chung, curator, critic,Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan 2008
I like your drawings very much, especially your way of presenting them, of involving them into the contemporary world, contemporary future. Future is now. It is with this kind of work possible to keep the art alive in the world where everything is being aesthetizied. It is this manual primordial works that is capable of making a difference. I like the way you are playing with time, by making drawings, art works in limited edition, limited time, non durable, what I think is a beautiful illustration of contemporary situation which seems to try on one hand to preserve, remember, archive everything and on the other makes you forget everything by constantly, buying, producing and spending - using commodities.
Your work is really inspiring form me, since it shows that there are still ways, new principles of making art, and bringing new experiences to the people.
I see Cy Twombly reference in your work and what is of no less importance the beautiful meaningless dada experience. The question that comes to mind is what the purpose of all of our activities is. The answer is none.
Jernej Kozar, curator at Gallery of Fine Arts Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, 2008
A thing never moves unless it is moved. But a person is different. He can choose not to move or he can choose to leave.
Why some people want to stay in one place while other people would like to go all around? Those who rather stay in one place build home and root deep into the land. They are like trees and they make history of their land. While the others who leave to act as strangers in new places cut off the bound of the land. They are given a character of chameleon, even though they never use this to disguise.
For those who choose to stay, they know their destiny. But what is the destiny for those on the move? Twenty years away from home for Odysseus was a big struggle. So was Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver, they eventually found the home the destiny and home the adventure they were looking for. They are home returners.
Also there is a kind of constant on the move. It seems nothing could pull them back. They just move on and on. Neverthless, one day, their impotent physicality will force them to anchor in a place of nowhere, like a ship in the ocean. The energy is finally released, the impulse is never found. Then and where we find our destination. They are homeless wanderers.
The world used to be of many isolated tribes. They must be so colorful that they were distinct from each other, I imagine. The desire to survive and to explore for an individual and for a whole kind created the goers, and the goers cross joined all the tribes and made the international and globalized reality of today. Those on the forever move unite all the differences. They are full of messages wherever they stop. An ideal future goer will move with his mind, like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, an outcast and then a helper.
Kong Changan, curator, critic, Los Angeles, USA, October, 2008
All texts selected from the catalogue “unterwegs-contemporary future” Jårg Geismar at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tokyo, Japan 2008
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