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Modern Urban Expressionism by Marcus Antonius Jansen

“My works are my thoughts and observations on canvas as well as my subconcious responding
to the things around me, using everyday objects as a tool to establish communication
and dialogue using a familar urban stage as a platform or meeting ground.



Mammal Habitat

My work tackles urban realities that are generally untouched by many painters.
I exlpore the chore and foundation of where we live with all it’s beauty and contradictions.
By working with a fractured sense of perfection, I find truth. It is through the “imperfections”
that we learn. This is also what allows the viewer to reveal the mystery in each work
which gives each painting their own identity and history. My work confronts, subcultural
expressions and Urbanization-Isloation in the 21st century and what impact it has
on our enviroment and ourselves as well as what we concider art or not. >


Urban Vison – oils/acrylics/pencil/paper
on canvas.

My interest is primarily in with what happens between the eye and the object when
I paint. What I feel not what I see. I use a spontaneous and loose approach ,that
emanates from the soul discovering rather than creating. I refer to my work as Modern
Urban Expressionism – a combination of the German 1900 movement of expressionism,
the New York movement of Abstract Expressionism and modern elements of Urban voices
such as graffiti art, using bold brush strokes, graphics, scetches, metaphoric like
sybolic messages to create dialogue and create a puzzled mystery. Having myroots in
both New York and Germany, I wanted to find something that connects the various techniques
of these times, making what appears to be nothing seem like something indeed sophisticated.
With that hopening to replace the negative stigma of vandalism associated by many
in the Unites States now with the term Urban Expressionism.



Illusions – mixed media
on canvas.
2006

In this way, my intention is to bridge the gap between that European masters of art
and the cultural platform that graffiti artists have been seeking to establish. This
type of communication allows me to reach viewers indiscriminately and brings awareness
to our enviroment through art. The characters in my work are mostly faceless or transparent
and may suggest a potential defaceing of humanity or transparency, while vague buildings
are in a constant revolving process of destruction and construction.



Surreal – Mixed media on
canvas.
2006

What the Hopi Indians referred to as the “Prairies of Stone”,
are the new playing fields of my generation. What used to be the farm land for Vincent
Van Gogh or Paul Gauguin is, for this generation, the Urban setting that carries voices
heard and unheard. My exploration in the following work is hopefully bringing awareness
to our own enviroment as well ourselves, enableing us to view our life as art. An
exploration of the chaotic-artistic, vibrant-exciting, living- breathing-and beautiful
Modern Urban center of the world.”


Marcus Antonius Jansen

www.marcusjansen.com

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