Jonathan Meese - Selected Works

selected works

For more than a decade, German artist Jonathan Meese, has provoked, seduced and irritated art audiences in Europe with raucous, libido-driven performances and dense, dissonant installations, packed with all sorts of detritus, fragmented photo imagery, graffiti-scarred painted surfaces and the like. All of his projects relay a sense of urgency—anarchical abandon with a dose of absurdist humor—the only unifying theme being art itself and the creative process. Propelled by sociopolitical undercurrents—especially those pertinent to Europe’s post-Cold War identity—and an acerbic critique of mass culture, Meese’s efforts convey a feverish, psychosexual energy. Despite the abject look of much of the work, there’s a Wagnerian grandiosity in its scope and scale.