From September 7, 2018, Kunst & Denker Contemporary will present the duo exhibition MELTING POINT as part of DC Open. The artists Michelle Jezierski and Jay Gard (SEXAUER Gallery) will make use of the gallery space together. At the center of the exhibition will be a site-specific collaborative work that attempts to fathom the media of painting and sculpture and dissolve their boundaries.
In Michelle Jezierski's works, different spatial dimensions are interwoven on the canvas to create light- flooded, surreal landscape compositions. Bright, color-washed areas or harsh color fields meet sharp contours, spackled edges, and diffuse lines. What is blurred appears as something distant, while clear, clean lines dominate the foreground, resulting in a visual impact. Born in 1981 in Berlin, Michelle Jezierski studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin under Tony Cragg from 2002 to 2005 and graduated in 2008 after a semester at Cooper Union New York under Valérie Favre.
In his artistic work, Jay Gard examines articles and objects that humans have been making for millennia. His objects, often inspired by architecture, play with function, simulate it, hide it. In doing so, Jay Gard plays on the collective visual memory of the Internet generation, for whom opposites such as surface and content, appearance and authenticity, the real world and the virtual are no longer relevant. Jay Gard does not program, he recreates this world with a saw, an angle grinder and a cordless screwdriver. While studying Installation and Space under Prof. Joachim Blank at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Jay Gard, who was born in Halle an der Saale in 1984, was a visiting student of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Berlin under Prof. Florian Slowata.