“One who reveals something covert or who informs against another.”
“One who stops a current ongoing action.”
Lazarides is thrilled to present Whistleblower, the latest showcase of dynamic paintings and mixed-media landscape installations by New York born artist Marcus Jansen.
Over the last decade Jansen’s subject matter continues to question a puzzling, fast moving world transformed through rich gestural paintings. The artist leads his audience on a journey across multiple views of abstract narrative scenes, combining action painting with objective subject matter while playing with space, light and perspective. The new series of complex constructions comment largely on socio-political issues of today, suggesting depth and movement within a flat plane using dramatic contrasts of colour, form, and texture.
Jansen belongs to a new generation of artists exploring urban influenced forms of expressionism, constructing landscapes with an embedded connection between street art and contemporary art disciplines. Demonstrating a keen awareness of his surroundings the artist creates a surreal atmosphere filled with subconscious revelations that foretell of a future fraught with consequence. Violent brush strokes, changing textures, and distinctive contrast of colour reflect an explosive spontaneity that is the direct and raw effect of emotion.
Jansen’s intellectually provocative and paradoxical work encourages discourse among viewers, continuing his quest to dissect truth from fiction in a world with expanding questions and mystery. The themes that run through Jansen’s work are vast in scope and indicative of his insightful ability to see the correlations that connect them, increasing surveillance, global dominance and genetically modified food are just a few. In his work lies a deeply rooted spirituality that becomes evident by his willingness to explore the unknown, bringing our attention to the things we would normally over-look while reminding us that within our struggle resides beauty.