Galerie FELDBUSCHWIESNERRUDOLPH presents its first solo exhibition with Jana Gunstheimer (*1974) at Gallery Weekend Berlin.
In “MŒLK – Von der guten Absicht” (MŒLK – About Good Intentions) the artist shows her latest work complex of large and small-format drawings that document a campaign development.
When entering the exhibition, the visitor apparently finds himself in a showroom of an institute working on a new product: a product is to be brought onto the market – a product that is to help society to regain cohesion; at best it is to function as a kind of “social glue”.
MŒLK is the name of this miracle drug, whose starting material is milk. This is coagulated and then processed by a group of people.
The story of MŒLK is told by Jana Gunstheimer in her strikingly blue crayon drawings and manifests her pictorial narratives with a specially designed product logo and matching advertising slogans such as “DRINK TOGETHER. STICK TOGETHER”.
The appearance of the drawings is reminiscent of blueprints and conveys to the viewer that although the realistic representation creates a great closeness to reality, it does not aim at photorealistic accuracy.
“The craft of drawing allows me to place nonsense next to real evidence,” Gunstheimer explains her passion for the artistic medium. Thus the artist repeatedly plays with fiction.
The multifaceted narrative of the exhibition meanders between the good intention of making an invention that solves various problems at one blow and the use in real life that documents the failure of the action with extensive evidence and report material. Accordingly, MŒLK reveals how complex decision-making processes often are and how neglected aspects can sometimes prevent the greatest idea.
JANA GUNSTHEIMER (born 1974) lives and works in Jena. She studied ethnology and art history at the University of Leipzig, art at the Burg Giebichenstein College of Art and Design, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens and at Ohio University. The artist is also Professor of Experimental Painting and Drawing at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
Jana Gunstheimer has received several awards and scholarships such as the Falkenrot Preis, Berlin (2018), the Villa Massimo-Scholarship of the Federal Republic of Germany (2010), the Marion Ermer Preis (2005), the working scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2004), and many more.
Jana Gunstheimer’s works are already represented in international public collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Kunstsammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Museum, New York, the Kunstsammlung der Stadt Zürich, Zurich, in the art collection of Freistaates Sachsen, Dresden, in the Museum Folkwang, Essen, in the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in the Seattle Art Museum, USA, in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, Basler Kantonalbank, Switzerland, in the Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain Saint Etienne, France, in the Städtische Museen Jena, etc.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)