Saturday, 13 February 2010

Jost Muenster: Ground Control at Museum 52

Forever Young, 2009 Acrylic Paint, Wood, 100 x 44cm

Anlage, 2010. Acrylic Paint, Wood, Spray Paint 74 x 35 x 8cm

Things Have Changed, 2009. Acrylic Paint, Wood 61 x 16 x 32cm

Spot, 2009. Acrylic Paint, Wood 61 x 46cm

Lift, 2009. Acrylic Paint, Wood, Paper 37 x 65 x 124cm

Jost Münster's works experiment with colour and the painted surface exploring the reaches of representation. Working from his urban surroundings, Münster strips away pictorial detail, flattens and collages surfaces with abstract, mosaic-like colour swatches and backgrounds. Using shapes and silhouettes derived from the interplay between architecture and the painterly aspects of the everyday, Münster forges a new and subtle vocabulary of forms and references.

With a distinct musicality Munster's interplay of forms, textures and rhythms creates both a series of individual works, but equally an installation bound by his varying use of speeds, punctuations and chords of colour, which move seamlessly through the works. His work offers a playful and subtle figuration; by continually subtracting points of reference, the work treads a fine line between being weathered and depleted, and conversely, entirely full of fresh content; the painterly marks that obscure and delete become potent and colourful scapes.

These works both invite a genuinely formal response but also question their own status as either paintings or sculptures. This type of distinction establishes the backdrop to Münster's oeuvre as the presence of a set of possibilities that remain significantly undefined.

The origin of all the works is in the painted surface and a very pure interaction with colour and its formal interplay. Münster presents points of departure, several layered chords, all building towards a cadence of colours, textures and forms, which explore the depictions of space. This elegant balancing of the planes of vision makes the space in front of and behind the works seem to fold in and out simultaneously. Solidity gives way to emptiness, constructions are replaced by proposals or suggestions of form as paint is diluted, washed and simultaneously pushed within the surfaces.

Jost Münster was born in Ulm, Germany. He studied at The Fine Art Academy in Stuttgart and Goldsmiths College in London. He currently lives and works in London. He has exhibited in both Europe and the US, with a recent solo exhibition at the Kunstverien Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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