Jin Meyerson – Progress Is No Longer A Guarantee
19 September— 9 November 2007
Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin
The Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin has the pleasure to present Jin Meyerson’s first solo exhibition in Germany in September. Meyerson, born in 1972 in South Korea and raised in the US, lives and works in New York and Paris. In recent years his works have been shown internationally at institutions and galleries, among them the Chelsea Art Museum (NY) and the Saatchi Gallery (London).
Meyerson’s paintings remind one of American news broadcaster’s TV pictures absorbed by giants and spat out again with vehemence. Glaring streaks of colour undulate on large-sized canvases and make the embodied gures look as if shredded by a psychedelic distorting mirror.
Meyerson, professing TV junkie and part of a generation of artists grown up with mass media, collects the otsam of the daily pictorial overkill in his psyche, shakes it thoroughly and sends it back to the world outside, ltered through the cosmos of his private existence and seemingly without any assessment.
But the political dimension is already applied in the subject of the newscast pictures. Reports on natural disasters like the devastating hurricane “Katrina” in 2005, the attacks on the World Trade Center, or reports from the war in Afgha- nistan inevitably bestow a feeling of uneasiness on the viewer, the memory of collective helplessness and horror. The permanent cuts and abruptly interrupted narrative strands build the formal equivalent of the disturbing impression that Meyerson’s pictures leave on a deeper level.
Jin Meyerson, Progress Is No Longer A Guarantee, Installation view, 2007, Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin