When the Blind Colonial Circus befalls the town and mingles with hybrids, cyborgs and masked creatures, be prepared for a bizarre scene that gazes straight back at you.
Justus Jager paints documentary fiction communicating a reality that is manipulated, confused and modified by our imagination. At the interface between nature and culture in the twilight zone of perpetual spectacle, blurring lines of time and space and a constant blending of public and private, Jager’s settings question established and accepted markers of different dimensions in our everyday world.
The exhibition Private Sensation combines two groups of work. First, Blind Colonial Circus, is a relic of overcome freak shows and exotic excitement spectacularly lit and elevated to a stage of scenic enacted grotesque. The second work group titled by Jager’s neologism Bioporn extends the first towards presence and gives reference to the voyeur and at the same time exhibitionist behaviour of contemporary media society.
Jager’s work is characterised by processes. His paintings layer shades of colour until perfect chromaticity mirrors light and twilight. Meanwhile, synchronicity of settings and perspective give cross references between each artwork, while paintings conquer the showroom beyond the lines of the canvas.
The conception of our reality is up for negotiation, being victim and perpetrator at the same time, forcing us to think about a realignment of what can be considered privacy.
Born in 1982 in Dresden, Germany
Guest student in the professional class for painting and graphic arts with Prof. Annette Schröter, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
2003 / 2011
Class for monumental painting, Prof Andrei Andreyevich Mylnikov, Prof Alexander Kirovich Bystrov, at the State Academic School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
EI. E. Repinc in St. Petersburg
Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany
Compulsory course for anatomy
1st year, at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
2010 / 2011
Art project in intercultural educational society MITRA Ev
Art project at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
Been Supersonic, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Private Sensation, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Group exhibition, Zirkus of 5 Clowns, Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
Solo exhibition in the framework of the program
‘MARIBOR 2012 European Capital of Culture’
‘Zwischen doom and Aufbruch’, Kulturni Center, Ravne na Koroskom, Slovenia
Group exhibition ‘Interkulturell very offiziell’, New Town Hall, Leipzig
Group exhibition ‘Crib’, ‘Erarta’, The Museum and Galleries of ContemporaryArt St. Petersburg
Group exhibition ‘After the summer’ The St. Petersburg Creative Union of Artist, St. Petersburg
Group Exhibition ‘egg love Picasso’, ‘Erarta’ The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art St. Petersburg
2008 - 2012
Participation in the project e—(Cirk-KRIC)
Group exhibition of ancient Russ ‘die saints in modern Malerei’, State Museum of History St. Petersburg
Group exhibition ‘Selbstportrait’, gallery Ejam Hall’, Saint Petersburg
Solo exhibition, Café “suburb”, Dresden
Group exhibition ‘mental Exhibition’, BMW Autohaus Melkus, Dresden
Silver Medal; Shankar’s International Competition Children’s New Delhi, India
Private & Public Collections