Justus Jager

Contemporary Artist

(1982 – )

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.

1982

Born in 1982 in Dresden, Germany

2011/ 2012

Guest student in the professional class for painting and graphic arts with Prof. Annette Schröter, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

2011

Diploma

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

Current

Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany

2012

Compulsory course for anatomy

1st year, at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

2010 / 2011

Art project in intercultural educational society MITRA Ev

2012

Art project at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

2017

Been Supersonic, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2016

Private Sensation, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2012

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

2011

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

2010

Group Exhibition ‘egg love Picasso’, ‘Erarta’ The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art St. Petersburg

2008 – 2012

Participation in the project e—(Cirk-KRIC)

2009

Group exhibition of ancient Russ ‘die saints in modern Malerei’, State Museum of History St. Petersburg

2007

Group exhibition ‘Selbstportrait’, gallery Ejam Hall’, Saint Petersburg

2006

Solo exhibition, Café “suburb”, Dresden

2001

Group exhibition ‘mental Exhibition’, BMW Autohaus Melkus, Dresden

1988

Silver Medal; Shankar’s International Competition Children’s New Delhi, India

Private & Public Collections

  • Private collections in S. D, RUS, GB Ð
  • “Erarta”
  • The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art St. Petersburg

Exhibitions

Private Sensations

Been Supersonic

Blind Colonial Circus

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