Le Bateau Ivre “The Drunken Ship” Solo Show by Jürgen Jansen

Opening Reception April 18th 6-8 PM

The artist will be present.


JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present Le Bateau Ivre (“The Drunken Ship”), the second solo exhibition featuring works by German artist Jürgen Jansen in the United States.


Le Bateau Ivre features mixed media works on panel. Using anything but a brush, Jansen applies the mixture of oil, mineral spirits, and resin. Through 30-40 layers, Jansen creates a glass like surface with depths of colour and brightness.


Titled after a verse-poem by Arthur Rimbaud about a sinking ship drifting at sea and is known for its vivid imagery and symbolism, which is mirrored in the vibrant and contrasting colours used by Jansen. Furthermore, it is a surreal poem written from the perspective of the ship itself, wherein it describes its many transcendent sensory experiences. The artists’ pieces exuded a joie de vivre through the vibrancy and emotion expressed in the marks and gestures.


While listening to 80s pop music (which often inspire the titles of his artworks), the artist attacks the canvas from all angle; He moves around the canvas which he has placed flat on the floor, and even climbing ladders to achieve the desired effects of chance which permeate through his work. The artist lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany.



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About JanKossen Contemporary

JanKossen Contemporary founded in 2009 in Basel and opened 2015 in New York. The gallery represents international artists working across multiple disciplines whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, and large scale installation.

Bigger and Better Things

Bigger and Better Things 

Opening Reception: February 21, 6-8 PM 2018

Exhibition Dates: February 21 – March 30, 2018

February 10, 2019 (New York, NY) JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present Bigger and Better Things by American contemporary artist, Jon Rollins. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York City and will be on view from February 21st – March 30th with an opening reception February 21st from 6-8pm.

The exhibition features mixed media works on canvas and panel that incorporate studio scrap materials. Jon begins by selecting choice scraps, including sketches, tests, tape, doodles, and table coverings. These materials are collaged and combined with paint and drawing materials. As a work develops, a new set of excess materials are generated and saved for future projects.

Jon considers not only the formal qualities of each scrap, but their temporal significance as well: “They’re artifacts. They remind me of what was happening in my studio and life when they were made.” He imagines the materials as characters waiting for the right moment. He says of these, “They’re not failures, just ‘not yets’. I want to find a place for them beyond my studio.”

During this search, the scraps are altered, cut down, and sometimes completely obscured on the canvas. This leads Jon to question whether each piece transitions to a better state as result of these manipulations. He concludes that “A scrap may lose its original personality, but it also sheds its sense of incompleteness”. Thoughtfully composed, these materials transcend the scrap pile.

Jon Rollins (b. 1991) creates abstract and non-representational work through experimentation of materials and processes. His works evolve through oscillations of both spontaneous, intuitive movements and methodical structuring, ranging from gestural marks to grid layouts. His imagery incorporates realistic cues, doodles, abstracted forms, and patterns.

Manitoga: Peter Bynum’s Ecstatic Light

May 13 to November 14, 2016, Garrison, N.Y.

Untitled # 321 Acrylic paint on 3 sheets of tempered glass 24 in. X 36 in. X 3 in. D  2013The Russel Wright Design Center is pleased to announce Ecstatic Light– the illuminated paintings of 2016 resident artist Peter Bynum. A site-specific installation of Bynum’s works will be on display in Russel Wright’s House and Studio, marking Manitoga’s first presentation of a contemporary artist within the interiors.

The installation will be on view during seasonal public tours and special programs, including artist-led tours. A Member Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, 5-7pm.

Says Executive Director Allison Cross, “Peter Bynum has conceived a new way of painting. He presses paint between multiple sheets of glass to release its primal energy, then infuses it with light to expose paint’s intrinsic branching behavior. These three-dimensional,illuminated paintings on glass, with their energy and ecstatic beauty, evoke the life-force found in ecosystems throughout nature.”

“In all life-forms, energy circulates through a nervous system,” says Bynum. “In animals, energy flows through a system of veins and arteries, in plants, through roots and branches. Paint has within it this same sophisticated intelligence — an organic ability  to express the life force in action. When paint is suffused with light, this ‘secret life’ of paint is revealed.”

According to Cross, Russel Wright, like Bynum, experimented with light, elements of nature, the effects of layering, and new ways to use materials at Manitoga, pushing boundaries and our expectations. “Peter’s ethereal illuminated paintings represent a significant departure from the history of painting. And like Manitoga, they offer an immersive experience. Our viewing of the installed work will unfold, becoming part of the choreographed whole and intimacy of visiting the site.”

Peter Bynum’s paintings will be a featured element of Manitoga’s 2016 tour season.

Registration for tours and other Manitoga programs and special events is available at Visit Manitoga.


FRESH! 2015

JanKossen Contemporary’s inaugural juried group exhibition will take place July 16th – August 15th, 2015. Entitled “FRESH!”, the show will feature works by 15 emerging artists.

Zeren Badar | New York, New York              Heather Comparetto | St. Petersburg, Florida
Sofia Echa | New York, New York      Christopher Paul Dean | Atlanta, Georgia
Adrienne Gaither | Washington D.C.             Chad Burton Johnson | Birmingham, Alabama
Rachel Niekamp | Dayton, Ohio                  Christopher Parrott | Huntington, New York
Olan Quattro | Sarasota, Florida           Lia Porto | Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Rebecca Rose | Davenport, Florida              Anastasia Samoylova | Chicago, Illinois
Rahshia Sawyer | Sterling, Virginia            Freda Sue | Greenville, South Carolina
Federico Winer | Buenos Aires, Argentina

FRESH! is both a platform for young, emerging talent as well as an opportunity for young collectors to discover art for their fledgling collection.

One of the cornerstones of contemporary art is the philosophy that the viewer plays a role by responding, reacting and interpreting art – even completing the artwork by contributing their own personal reflections and interpretations.

With this in mind, the exhibition offers the viewer a rich resource through which to re-consider and re-think that which is considered familiar; the viewer is invited to play an active role in the construction of meanings that are both apparent and hidden.


Chicago based photographer Anastasia Samoylova explores the way photography illustrates “the beautiful” and “the nature” in contemporary visual culture. Inspired by screen savers of retouched landscapes; the artist re-cycles open source images and advertisements into new imaginary; re-creating the concept of the landscape into a “still life”. The transformation is meant to further subvert the original maker’s intention. Samoylova’s work has been featured in the New Yorker and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois.


Glaciers, 2015, Digital Photograph,  24 x 36 inches

Photographs from Zeren Bader’s “accidental series” are collages made found objects laid on top of media images, photographs and reproductions of familiar paintings. The objects introduced into the sometimes familiar work, are reminiscent of early mixed media works such those by Robert Rauschenberg. Largely influenced by the DaDa movement, the objects are often accidentally combined with the image; and serve to enhance a suggested idea that is open to interpretation by the viewer – often tongue-in-cheek. The artist lives and works in New York.

art is fresh

Art Is Fresh, 2014 Digital Photograph, Mixed Media, 11 x 17 inches

St. Petersburg-based photographer Heather Comparetto is inspired by visual poetry in photography. Comparetto’s underwater series are created intuitively, transforming the ordinary into surreal images that magnify reality. She distorts her otherwise formal photographs and juxtaposes them in a way that manipulates the mood of the viewer.


Untitled (from Underwater series), 2011, Digital Photograph, 20 x 30 inches

Sofia Echa’s paintings are abstracts etched in metal. Her study in using different mediums and bases serve as an expression of her own personal language. The abstract forms inspired by the female form, nature and sensuality, allow the viewer to create their own interpretation within her artwork. Echa currently lives and works in New York, New York.

Sofia Echa Fluidity # 6 36 x 48 acrylic on aluminum 2015 small

Fluidity #6, 2015, Acrylic on Aluminum, 36 x 48 inches

Sarasota, Florida based mixed media artist Olan Quattro explores the perception of memory and allegory in her collaged works. By layering old photographs, vintage books and personal memories, Quattro obscures what lies beneath, reminiscent of fading memories. Inspiration gleaned from traveling, fairy tales, and myths, the artist raises the question of what is unseen and unsolved, and invites the viewer to ask themselves what lies beneath the obvious.

Olan Quattro - Conversation

Conversation, 2015, Mixed Media, 16 x 20 inches

Freda Sue’s relief woodblock prints reflect on human relationships with the environment. Sue is inspired by ancient Chinese culture, and her current body of work, “Mentors”, is inspired by an ancient Chinese poems written on the Wall of the West Forest Temple by Su Shi. In the Chinese language, the character for “reason” explains that people encounter one another in life for specific purposes. Sue’s body is physically involved in the work; she repeats the motions of carving and constructing, and in that moment she is wholly devoted to it- her prints create a dialogue that encourage the viewer to engage with their surroundings, and to live in the present. Sue is currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.

Freda Sue - Royal Triumph

Royal Triumph, 2015, Relief Woodblock Print, 12 x 9 inches

Christopher Parrott’s paintings are set in a fictional gallery space, featuring a fictional body of work—by a fictional artist. Interested how identities and individual narratives are constructed in contemporary life. Parrott’s real-life paintings capture performers and observers playing out well-worn archetypes within incompatible narratives. Exhibitionism and voyeurism are significant themes in the artist’s work, and he deliberately conflates personal history with broader cultural narratives. Parrott is currently based in Huntington, New York.

Christopher Parrott - Suspension

Suspension, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Chad Burton Johnson’s work is an ongoing investigation into the perceptions and social standards of masculinity, death and cultural norms in the Deep South. Johnson highlights these subjects through his personal narrative of hyper-masculine and historical imagery; his paintings combined with non-traditional materials such as sequins and rhinestones. The art is hence both visually compelling, yet weighs heavy on social issues. Johnson’s work has been featured at the Orlando Museum of Art. The artist is based in Birmingham, Alabama.


Burt, 2012, Sequins and Mixed Media on Wood, 36 x 36 inches

Buenos Aires based photographer Federico Winer uses imagery from Google Earth to “…play with the way we see our planet from above.” Specifically, his Ultradistancia project is both about perception, and a celebration of photography and the multiple forms it can take – weather through the lens of a camera, or the screen of a computer. Winer’s imagery allows his audience to vicariously travel above large cities, fields and neighborhoods and aerially view the new portrait of earth that has been created. Winer’s Ultradistancia project has been featured in the Huffington Post.

Federico Winer - Museo Y Biblioteca

Museo y Biblioteca, 2015, Digital Photography, 29.5 x 13.7 inches

Washington D.C. based artist Adrienne Gaither focuses on the mundane that we interact with daily. The artist dissects the common structures of the alphabet A-Z to combine form and content as image. Hence the artist frees herself from the confines of legibility required in graphic design; and in turn the viewer is offered a visual experience of information that lies beyond text and readability. Gaither’s work bridges the gap between the past, present and future; highlighting the dichotomy of what we believe we see, what we want to see and what is actually there. In an age where many people rely heavily on technology for information, Gaither is obsessed with the manner in which perception, information, and expression have been flattened by modern technology.


A Woman To Remember, 2014, Mixed Media, Digital Manipulations, 18 x 24 inches

The conclusion, if any, is left to the viewer’s discretion. Atlanta based artist Christopher Paul Dean explores the potentiality of entities that are defined by a certain set of historical rules, bodily interactions, and preconceived frameworks. His minimal, thought-provoking sculptures and framed pieces demand a specific level of manual and theoretical labor; which in turn offer a dialogue between both body (the viewer) and object.

Christopher Paul Dean - Circular Dowel Composition 1

Circular Dowel Composition 1, 2015, Wood and Paint, 21 x 21 inches

Rachel Niekamp’s photographs invite the viewer to find meaning in her rearrangement of common, domestic scenes. The artist presents common objects in a new and intriguing way photographed in her apartment, an opportunity to explore a familiar space in a minimalistic manner. When creating a scene, it is vital to see the potential of the objects in a new way that is not associated with its functionality. In her incipit series she alters familiar scenarios, adding a twist to the intended purpose of each photograph thereby making them compelling and distinct. Hence, she prompts the viewers to begin forming connections and narratives that were not present in the work; to engage and react in the scene presented. Niekamp is based in Dayton, Ohio.

Rachel Niekamp - Untitled 5

Untitled III (Potato), 2015, Digital Photograph, 16 x 20 inches

Rahshia Sawyer is a California native, who grew up in Thailand and currently resides in the Washington D.C. area. Sawyer takes photographs as an inquiry into the existential questions of reality, identity and belief systems put in place by the individual. She discusses life-changing events and questions associated with them: “Will things ever be normal again?”, “When will things settle down?” Her photographs reflect a sense of disconnect from oneself and their environment.


Some Things I Can’t Explain 210, 2015 Digital Photograph, 20 x 30 inches

Buenos Aires based painter Lia Porto creates work that “goes beyond the limits of words.” Porto considers her work to be a translation and development of a non-verbal and non-intellectual language. Every detail of her work corresponds with information that she describes as “being weaved through the image”. The completed painting, or final reading – is ambiguous, open and organic. Visually, the work takes elements from nature that are re-interpreted by Porto creating a “natural fiction”.

Lia_Porto_Electric feel

Electric Feel, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 38.5 x 66 inches

Davenport, Florida based artist Rebecca Rose creates wearable, “sculpturings” that are completely designed and fabricated by Rose. Her rings are reminiscent of childhood toys, game pieces and organic materials that convey a narrative or story. She recycles objects and elements that find their way into the mixed wax she uses to create her metal rings, and new life is then breathed into once discarded items, becoming precious metal – something to now be cherished and treasured. Each ring is a reflection of understanding human ingenuity, behavior and habits.

Starring - Rebecca Rose


Starring, 2105, Cast, 925 Sterling Silver

Sheila Giolitti

“Physics proves the fundamental unity of all material existence.

Quantum physics suggest that human consciousness may affect the outcome of physical experiments, suggesting the essential unity of everything extends beyond the physical universe of matter and energy, and that the deepest reality is not some minuscule particle of matter, but a universal consciousness that pervades everything.

My preoccupation with interconnectedness of all matter and consciousness as an ongoing process is present in the construction of my work as well as the concept. Each experience, be it organic or constructed, leaves its mark. As a whole or in fragments, sometimes less defined than others, but always affecting what comes next. In many instances this is carried on to the next work in the series, allowing for a continuing dialogue from one piece to the next, and directly tying the existence on the newer piece to the piece created before it, and the piece created before that.”

Sheila Giolitti, 2015

Sheila Giolitti’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, where it has received both critical and commercial success. Her work has been included in group museum shows at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA and the Daegu Culture and Art Center, Daegu, South Korea. Her solo museum exhibitions include the Rawls Museum and the Portsmouth Art Museum.

Art in America magazine Washington editor J.W. Mahoney wrote about her show at the Portsmouth Museum, “Sheila Giolitti’s mysterious fables are curiosities of a different order altogether. These are deeply autobiographical works, and as such they take us into the complexities of a personality that can be – equally – enraptured by the abstract beauty of the natural geometry of a thatcheria shell and by the sensual reality of a female nude. She will also occasionally include texts, fragments of poetry or open thoughts that take a painting to a further dimension of meaning. In “Transcendence,” the word itself is drawn across a large blue triangle, upon which is set a smaller panel containing a collaged drawing of a woman and, below her, three squares with images of oak leaves in them. All of these elements are symbolic signals from within Giolitti’s own evolving psyche; like a company of dancers, each of them draws and modifies significance from each other. And what we see is an assemblage of secrets that tells a tale about the mysterious interior life of memory, dream, and possibility.”

interrupted ii

Giolitti’s most recent work explores the dialogue between the interconnectedness of all matter and consciousness as an ongoing process. This preoccupation is present in the construction of her work, as well as the concept. The works are composed in layers of mark making built up and stripped away. As a whole or in fragments, sometimes less defined than others, but always affecting what comes next. Giolitti’s involvement with the physical making of the surface is an integral part of the work. Each layer of clear resin allows for a cataloging of time and the change that it brings within each piece. These different elements find themselves bound within a determined space. These boundaries serve both to unite and separate. They are definite or subtle, encroaching and ignored, erased only to reappear, self-organizing themselves into larger more stable wholes.

Sheila Giolitti received her BFA in  ceramics from Middlesex University, London UK.

…of the Venice Biennale

The Biennale is 120 years old and if it still has value as an exhibition then it is in the fact that it delivers, on an influential stage, successive and often conflicting perspectives on contemporary artistic practice and its relevance to the world in which we live. You might not agree with Enwezor’s vision of art and its utopian role in today’s world—I certainly don’t—but there is no denying the world today faces deep divisions and crises and an uncertain future. How those forces impact artists is worth exploring, I agree.

Venice Bienale 2015

Venice Bienale 2015