26. April to 24. May 2014
Saturday, 26. April 2014, 7- 10pm
Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg is pleased to present a selection of the latest works by Berlin- based artist Jutta Scheiner in her exhibition ‘Moonshiner’. Born 1972 in Sibiu, Romania, she completed her apprenticeship in ivory sculpting in Michelstadt/ Odenwald (Germany), and went on to study sculpture at the art college of Berlin-Weißensee.
Her narrative technique is the stream of consciousness – protagonists, landscapes and motives arisen from it are carved out of their larger context and interwoven in free association with ever new contents and figures.
And yet, her paintings pursue a clear intention and message: They confront the viewer with familiar shreds of the collective memory, embedding them in carefully staged scenery of the strangest landscapes, situations and constellations.
A wondrous cosmos of individually recognisable details reveals itself to the viewer, sometimes naively, sometimes brutally merged – as phantastical as a castle in the air, and yet eminently precise in its architecture.
In Jutta Scheiner’s works, remnants from various historical eras and social evolutions are newly arranged or painted, similar to a collage: Icons, doll-like figures and more realistic models are to be found amongst citations from art history and long-forgotten fashions. In their wild mixture of semantic levels, details and coherences they seem like the riddle and its solution at the same time.
And so one looks for striking clues, wanting to extract their redemptive nexus and wrest the meaning from them. Because everything is so auspiciously orchestrated for a wishful interpretation, similarly pregnant with meaning in its theatrical symbolism as a tarot card. However, one never gets past the search and longing. Coherences fade away just as one thinks to lay hold of them.
Author: Kristina Thomas
Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg
Greifswalder Str. 218
and by appointment
Image: Masonna, 2014 © Jutta Scheiner