Methods of Destruction,2011-2012

Inst. view Kunstverein Frankfurt 2012
Inst. view Kunstverein Frankfurt, 2012
Inst. view Kunstverein Frankfurt, 2012
Inst. view CONRADS 2012
Inst. view CONRADS 2012
Inst. view CONRADS 2012
Inst. view CONRADS 2012
Inst. view CONRADS 2012

Jana Gunstheimer´s series titled "Methods of Destruction" started in 2011 according to an intense period of research.

"Methods of Destruction" has been exhibited at Frankfurter Kunstverein and Museum Folkwang, Essen in 2012 and gained remarkable attention and press.

Gunstheimer´s "Destructions" tell stories about violence, terror, vanity, obsession and perversions. The artworks substitutionally suffer in place of real life from massive kinds of injury, attacks and destruction.

The pencil drawings depict famous artworks - embodying inestimable value in western culture in a state of damage. The color is replaced by a masterly black and white "Chiaroscuro" reminding to photographic representation. For the viewer it is shocking to realize such traces of violence of nearly haptic clearness on the depicted artworks.

Each depicted painting is accompanied by a short but precise report on the course of events leading to the current state of damage. This is documented in letter press print on a second sheet of paper underneath the drawing.

For example in 1942 on occasion of Franco´s 50th birthday celebration Goya´s famous "The Shooting of the Third of May" becomes target for another shooting, a second execution of the revolutionists. Or, the face on Feuerbach´s "Lucrezia Borgia", Hitler´s favorite painting, gets lacerated at the Nazis´ headquarter in Munich by American troopers during the liberation. Or, a drawing by Lorrain is erased in parts by a collector´s wife with ambitions and replaced by her own hand with a local landscape. Besides the tragic aspects the last case is also a little side blow towards Rauschenberg´s famous "Erased de Kooning".