Caro Jost (German,b.1965)

Munich Academy of Fine Arts
Munich Literature and Law, Ludwig-Maximillians University

慕尼黑大學法律學院及慕尼黑藝術學院畢業,現居住及創作於慕尼黑。每個藝術家都有自己喜歡的藝術家,然而將這種鍾愛在自己的作品中表露無遺的,就是來自德國慕尼黑的藝術家 Caro Jost,長期追溯以慕尼黑為大本營的抽象表現主義為主題創作。她的創作關於時間、空間及事件,另一成名系列Streetprints,造訪全球超過70個地點,將在街頭採集的痕跡烙印在畫布上。作品曾在紐約MoMA、紐約 Chelsea Art Museum、威尼斯 Guggenheim Collection等機構展出,並獲MoMA Library collection (The archives of MoMA, NY) 、Chelsea Art Museum (NY) 、Museum of the City of Munich等多間國際重要藝術機構永久收藏。

不使用畫筆或畫架,也不將攝影幻覺轉為現實,而從街道上尋找主題,Jost耗時數年完成的知名紀錄片作品Final traces of abstract expressionists,她追溯時代,像偵探般追蹤著前輩抽象表現主義藝術家的創作軌跡,造訪工作室並會面熟識藝術家的親屬及友人,走過藝術家取材的街道、公寓、會議場所、酒吧及展覽空間,所有的素材,關於逝去的藝術家,然而藝術仍在發展。抽象表現主義不以描繪具象為目標,而是透過點、線、面、色彩、形體、構圖來傳達各種情緒,沒有具象畫面,但紐約這個城市卻處處殘留著他們的足跡。當Hans Hoffman、Jackson Pollock、Mark Rothko等藝術家著正裝,在鏡頭前留下合照,在紐約各地的建築空間中留下他們的精神意志,在厚厚的剪貼紀錄本中,地上的痕跡烙印在畫布上,最後Caro Jost 站在Barnett Newman曾經駐足的地點,慢慢退後卻變成了自己作品中的人物,是一首穿越過去與現在時間交織的詩歌。

Caro Jost 也蒐集藝術家在某個特定時間點創作時使用的檔案,像是筆記手稿、 購買顏料的收據副本,挪用於畫布上再創作出屬於她的藝術,像是 Invoice painting B.N. February 8, 1956,Sketch G.M. March 15, 1922 (detail red, yellow and blue),Notes W.K. 1909 blue 等作品系列。這些材料購買的副本紀錄了現代重要藝術品的近期起源,Jost將它們化作創作的一部分。如康丁斯基居住慕尼黑時期的作品是以色彩為主導的浪漫概念,強調從物質主義中甦醒,讓觀看者被一陣陣厚彩的浪潮包圍;Jost則是一點一點地在模糊、不清晰的文本中,含蓄地分析這些色彩組成,重現The Blue Rider浪潮的浪漫色彩靈魂在作品上。

藝術上的Appropriation挪用,是適當地使用既有存在的物件及圖像,借用它、 採用它做出意義上的轉化,挪用的開端及翹楚是Marcel Duchamp使用readymades 現成物的概念,僅透過選擇工業產品及展示的過程來傳達藝術意義。自此之後,達達主義(Dada) Robert Rauschenberg 等藝術家都採用了非傳統的材料納入自己的作品。進到1990年代後的數位時代,不斷蛻變與進化的科技更讓藝術挪用的方式更加擴展,各式各樣的訊息、媒體都可以成為作品的一部分。

藝術層層疊疊不斷建構在過去的歷史上,Caro Jost 從藝術史中探尋過往藝術家 的故事,挪用他們最原始的文本、親自抵達原始的時空場域,輸入素材、轉化、重新編碼,直接用新的形式輸出,她向卓越的藝術成就致敬,並將精神性融入到自己的藝術作品中。使用「行動」即「藝術」的直接方式,表達一種自我發現的世界觀。一件件的作品像是無法被消去的副本,Jost將時間、痕跡、行動具體化,挪用,卻帶入一份愛意,存在於連續時空的美學物件裡。

 

Artist and filmmaker Caro Jost lives and works in Munich and New York. Her basic artistic theme: the documentation of time, space and events, the search for traces of the past and placing them in a current, contemporary context.

In 2000 she started her long-term project STREETPRINTS in New York. Using a special, self-developed technique to capture traces of the past, she takes real imprints of streets and sidewalks on canvas from so far over 70 cities worldwide. She also creates photo- and film documentaries, like the 2014 produced film “Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists“ about the former artist studios of the Abstract Expressionists in New York.

In 2015 she started working on the series INVOICE PAINTINGS and NOTES. Caro Jost uses original archive material, which she finds and collects in the studios or estates of her favorite artists, whose working lifes she studied with great intensity, like Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, or Günther Uecker and Wassily Kandinsky – just for the show at Blue Rider Art. Based on these templates, she produces large-format prints on canvas, which she then transforms and paints over.

For the exhibition “A road to red, yellow and blue”, Caro Jost uses original handwritten notes and invoices of two artists, who both have intensely analyzed the effects of the colors Red, Yellow and Blue throughout their work: Russian born artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and New York painter Barnett Newman (1905-1970). Kandinsky’s papers date back to the years 1909 -1911, a time where he laid the foundation for the “Blue Rider”-group along with Gabriele Münter, Alexej Jawlensky, Franz Marc and Paul Klee. Together they made one of the most important and influential contribution to the art of the 20th Century. Barnett Newman is known as one of the most important representatives of Abstract Expressionism. His purchase invoices, which Jost works over and folds, list the paints that Newman used to create his paintings during the 1950s and ‘60s. The exhibition was realized with the friendly support of the Gabriele Münter Foundation, Munich and the Barnett Newman Foundation, New York.

In addition to appearing in numerous international exhibitions, her work is included in the Jumex Collection (Mexico City), ICC Collection (Athens), Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Colby Museum (Maine), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Municipal Gallery in the Lenbachhaus, Munich), Stadtmuseum München (City Museum of Munich), and the archives of MoMA (New York) and Guggenheim Collection (Venice), et al.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020Final Traces Mark Rothko Art CentreDaugavpils Latvia
2019Guests of Gabriele Münter Münter Museum Murnau Germany
2019Walk the Talk Rettberg Gallery Munich Germany
2018A road to red yellow and blue Bluerider ART Taipei, Taiwan
2017Invoice Paintings Günther Uecker Walter Storms Gallery Munich Germany
2017TRACES Slewe Gallery Amsterdam the Netherlands
2017Invoice Paintings Barnett Newman Academy of Fine Arts Munich Germany
2016WHITE STREET Gallery 401contemporary Berlin Germany
2015FINAL TRACES Museum of Concrete Art Ingolstadt Germany
2014STREETPRINTS Gallery 401contemporary Berlin Germany
2014One night at Schumann´s Museum of the City of Munich Munich Germany
2013Film im K20 Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf Germany
2013Crosstown Reflections Gallery Oberbayern Munich Germany
2011Streetviews Royal Residence Munich Germany
2010Tenth Street New York Royal Residence Munich, Germany
2009stop-over / cross-over Royal Residence Munich Germany
2008Utcanyomatok/Streetprints Museum Laszlo Vass Veszprém Hungary
2008Streetprints Galerie Nero Wiesbaden Germany
2007Streetprints Galerie Florian Walch Munich Germany
2006Carpe Momentum Alp Galleries Frankfurt Germany
2006ongoing Mail Art & Streetprinting projectTaipei, Copenhagen, Abu Dhabi, Turin, Luxembourg, Bilbao, Munich, Vienna, Helsinki, Amsterdam,
Los Angeles, Oslo, Toronto, Havana, Rome, Jerusalem, Muscat, Kassel, Milan, Lisbon, Venice, Montauk,
Paris, Bayreuth, New York II, Madrid, Istanbul, Moscow, Prague, Hong Kong, Veszprém, Miami, Sevilla, Berlin, New York, London
2003Streetprints Shanghai Art Salon Shanghai China
2002Streetprints Galerie Charles Schumann Munich Germany
2001Art in the Box on Fifth Avenue Goethe Institut New York USA
2001Streetprints Alp Galleries New York USA
2001Open Studio 515 Greenwich Street New York USA
2001Streetprints American Institute of Contemporary German CultureWashington USA
2000Kunst gesehen VOID New York USA
2000New Works GACC New York USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019Yoko Ono-Water Event Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig Germany
2019The Abstract Cabinet Eduardo Secci Contemporary Firenze Italy
2019PRIVATE VIEWAdam Colton, Alan Charlton, Callum Innes, Caro Jost, Dan WalshGallery Slewe at Huize FrankendaelAmsterdam
2018Sixth Sense Walter Storms Gallery Munich Germany
2018Monumenta Leipzig Germany
2018Final Traces of Abstract Expressionists NYC Independant Film Festival New York USA
2017VOLUME 3 Gallery Britta von Rettberg Munich Germany
2017The Archive Benefit Anthology Film Archive New York USA
2017Challery Novomatic Forum Vienna
2017Final Traces Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert USA
2016Invoice Paintings Rupprecht Geiger Kunstverein Munich Germany
2015CONCRETE JUNGLE Walter Storms Gallery Munich Germany
2015SUMMER SHOW The Watermill Center Water Mill/New York USA
2015Final Traces of Abstract Expressionists American Documentary Palm Springs USA
2014Final Traces of Abstract Expressionists Mies van der Rohe Haus Berlin Germany
2014ChuckaChucka Kunsthalle Memmingen Germany
2014Final Traces of Abstract Expressionists New Film Makers New York USA
2013Konstruiertes Grau Mies van der Rohe Haus Berlin Germany
2013Salon der Gegenwart Hamburg Germany
2013Artist Comes First Festival International d´Art Toulouse France
201220Stuck Museum Villa Stuck Munich Germany
2012Black-White Galerie Nero Wiesbaden Germany
2011New Works Alp Galleries Frankfurt Germany
2011SprachRaumWelten DWS Frankfurt Germany
2010Via Streetprints VDA Berlin Germany
2010New Works Alp Galleries New York USA
2008Group Show Walter Bischoff Galerie Berlin Germany
2007Obsession durch Technik Galerie artMbassy Berlin Germany
2007Die Ü berquerung Galerie Haus Rhode VW Wolfsburg Germany
2006-2005-2004 Streetprints / New Works Alp Galleries New York USA
2003Streetprints Galerie Charles Schumann Munich Germany
2001Little Red School I-20 Gallery New York USA
2001ART hits ACADEME 5th Avenue New York USA
2000German Pavilion EXPO 2000 Hannover Germany

Selected Collections and Archives

Jumex Collection Mexico
Colby Museum of Art Maine
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich
Museum of the City of Munich
Ottmann Collection Munich
Vass Collection Budapest
ICC Collection Athens & Munich
Chelsea Art Museum New York
Wemhöner Collection Herford
VDA Verband Deutscher Automobilindustrie Berlin
KG Allgemeine Leasing Grünwald
Collection Lenz Berlin
Collection Villa Rhode Wolfsburg
Collection PAM AG Ypps Vienna / Austria
Peggy Guggenheim Collection Archive Venice
Barnett Newman Foundation New York
Smithsonian Institution – Archives of American Art USA
MoMA Library Collection New York

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