Jens Einhorn, FUR DIE VOGEL (FOR THE BIRDS) 2017. Tarpaper, fabric, acrylic, acrylic spray paint, collage on canvas, 200 x 150cm. Courtesy: the artist and Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Jens Einhorn’s body of work develops his interest in channelling the assertive energy of the urban periphery. These new works incorporate tarpaper cut out silhouettes layered starkly above a vibrant collage of fabric, acrylic, and spray paint. The gritty, plant-like forms allude to East Germany, whose barren city landscape Einhorn explored as a teenager.

The concrete jungle represents Einhorn’s wilderness, where leaves cover tarpaper rooves and blend with the colours of graffiti and rust. Describing his interests, Einhorn references the abandoned shelters and overgrown junkyards that exist between the urban and natural worlds. Like Einhorn’s canvases, these plots are spaces of collage and metamorphosis. Just as our personal memories give meaning to others’ discarded objects, Einhorn’s collages emanate suggestion and opportunity within this context.

Einhorn’s working method requires instinct, determination, and condition. Difficult to handle and cut, tarpaper resists intention; Einhorn writes that it “often demands its own way.” In some works, rhythmic territories of colour give a spontaneous impression. In others, built-up layers of tarpaper attest to decisions accumulated, revisited, and rethought. This artistic practice parallels life in the period leading to “Deutsche Einheit”, where feelings of impulse and jeopardy are inherent in every decision.

Tensions between what is manmade and what is natural give force to Jens Einhorn’s vision of East Germany and present Berlin. Einhorn’s paintings harmonise design and intuition, motion and rest, freedom and control.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm, Wednesday 27 June 2018
Exhibition closes: 15 July 2018
Location: Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Rd, Woollahra NSW
Phone: +61 2 93273922


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