Cameron Jamie
Bodies, Faces, Heads
21. 10 – 10. 12 2017

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Cameron Jamie: Bodies, Faces, Heads 
21. October – 10. December 2017

Opening: Friday, 20. October 2017, 6-8pm

With Bodies, Faces, Heads, the Kölnischer Kunstverein presents Cameron Jamie’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Born in Los Angeles in 1969 and currently based in Paris, Jamie has built a body of work over a good 25 years using an enormous variety of media: It comprises wood sculptures, ceramics, drawings, prints, photographs, films, artist’s books, and musical productions.

One of his central themes is identity as the existential foundation of the individual, which is generated by social and anti-social codes. Jamie’s view of marginalized realities and magically obscure rituals that embody the hidden side of our society is both analytical and immersive at the same time: Jamie himself is partly shaped by the subcultures that he transforms artistically. His creative process is, therefore, anything but scientific or coolly calculated – Jamie follows a spontaneous, psychologically inspired search for form, the result of which is deeply personal while giving off an archaic, primitive atmosphere at the same time. It is about states of being and consciousness instead of concrete connections of meaning.

The Kölnischer Kunstverein is presenting five groups of works revolving around the topic of the body and nature, all produced between 2008 and 2017. The group Smiling Disease (2008) consists of large-format wooden masks in the tradition of the Austrian Alpine region of Bad Gastein. Jamie produced them in collaboration with a professional wood carver who re-interpreted Jamie’s drawings and lent them a grotesque, deformed countenance. Ceramics on metal pedestals are shown in the second room, ghostly figures hand-produced by the artist that intertwine with the organic flow of the plinth forms in the third room. The direct, powerful treatment of the clay, the pulsating variety of form, and the elaborate glazing all allow the figures to lead a life of their own like alien beings in the room.

A series of ceramic masks hangs on the walls, their interiors presenting as peculiar, hollow faces, like monotypes that evoke a variety of floral and figurative associations. Each work on paper is unique and contains several layers of drawings and colors – a characteristic that reflects Jamie’s creative process in general: erasing, overwriting, destroying, and restoring are fundamental features inherent in each of his works.

Cameron Jamie’s previous solo exhibitions have included the Kunsthalle Zürich in Zürich (2013), the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2010), the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes (2009), and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2006). He has also been part of group exhibitions like The Absent Museum at Wiels Center of Contemporary Art in Brussels (2017), the Lyon Biennale (2015), the Berlin Biennale (2010 and 2008), and the Venice Biennale (2005). His work was first shown at Kölnischer Kunstverein within the framework of the exhibition Keine Donau: Cameron Jamie, Peter Kogler, Kurt Kren (2006).

Supported by

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Das Ausstellungsprojekt wird mit großem Engagement begleitet und unterstützt von
Andra Lauffs-Wegner & KAT_A

Picture: Cameron Jamie, 2017, 111 x 86 cm. Photo: David Regen

Jahresgaben 2017

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Opening: November 29, 2017, 6 pm
Exhibition: November 30 – December 10, 2017

The works could be seen in the exhibition and on our a href=”http://koelnischerkunstverein.de/wp/category/jahresgaben-koelnischer-kunstverein/jahresgaben-aktuell/”>homepage.

Please note the following regarding the Jahresgaben ordering process:

Each order must be IN WRITING AND IS BINDING. Please use the order form underneath each individual work and follow the steps indicated there. Reservations are not possible.

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OG OPEN 2017
10.09.2017

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10th of Sept, 2017
12 – 6pm

The Kölnische Kunstverein, in cooperation with both DC Open 2017 as well as the Open Studios of the city of Cologne, is pleased to present its ten resident artists.

On September 10th from 12:00 noon until 6pm the following artists will exhibit works in their studios:

Albrecht Fuchs, Erika Hock, Jan Hoeft, Cameron Jamie, Stefanie Klingemann, Alwin Lay, Peter Miller, Ralph Schuster, Thomas Wachholz und Alex Wissel.

Entrance is free of cost and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

 

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Aus- & Vortragen
Performative artist talk with Mary-Audrey Ramirez and Vince Tillotson,
Wednesday, 17.5., 7 pm

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Wednesday, 17.05., 7 pm Uhr
Performative artist talk with Mary-Audrey Ramirez and Vince Tillotson

Please note that the event will be filmed.
Admission 4,00 € / reduced 2,00 €, members free.

With kind support by:
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Motiv: Mary-Audrey Ramirez, PinkelPelikan, 2016 (Photo: Julie Wieland)

Aus- & Vortragen
Aritst talk with Eva Kotátková and Noemi Smolik (in english)
Wednesday, 24.5., 7 pm

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Wednesday, 24.05., 7 pm
Artist talk with Eva Kotátková and Noemi Smolik with screening

The Judicial Murder of Jakob Mohr (CZ, 2016, Czech with English subtitles, 63 min) recounts the story of the psychiatric patient and artist Jakob Mohr, who was convinced that his actions were being controlled by his doctor with the aid of a mysterious machine. Mohr depicted this machine in many of his drawings as a wooden box that transmitted beams or waves that passed through his body and took control of him. The drawing Justizmord (Judicial Murder) from 1909–1910 is of a trial depicted from self-contradictory perspectives. The victimised Mohr appears in the role of the accused and his doctor is shown to be an eavesdropper and manipulator influencing the machine and the institution of the court. Mohr identifies many disguised patients and doctors who support his theory of the monstrous conspiracy against him. The drawing becomes the scene for a staged session of the court where Mohr is presented as artist, patient and criminal and in which not only his visions but also other motifs and figures associated with art brut lay claim to their own right to exist. Mohr offers us a report on the details of the legal trial that takes place in his head and into which fragments appear from the outside world of his medical records, criminal records, and an analysis of his drawing from the point of view of its aesthetic qualities.

The film and performance were created and produced in collaboration with Are | are-events.org and supported by the Czech-German Fund for the Future, the City of Prague, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and its Culture Fund, and PLATO – platform (for contemporary art) Ostrava / City Gallery Ostrava and Trojhalí Karolina, association of legal entities.

Please note that the event will be filmed.
Admission 4,00 € / reduced 2,00 €, members free.

With kind support by:
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