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Jans Muskee
updated: 01/27/2009
website: www.jansmuskee.nl
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Truth
Revelations
The light
Fire
Humilitas occidit superbiam
Fire II
Caritas
Breaking news
Green sofa
Jesus
Snow
Burning car
Sleeping
Death
Berlin Center
 
Portfolio Keywords:  childhood, domestic, figurative, narrative, political, urban, text
 
 
Truth by Jans Muskee
Truth
oilpastel on paper
2007
82.7" x  141.7" 
Revelations by Jans Muskee
Revelations
oilpastel on paper
2007
78.7" x  141.7" 
The light by Jans Muskee
The light
oilpastel on paper
2007
86.6" x  149.6" 
Fire by Jans Muskee
Fire
oilpastel on paper
2008
78.7" x  145.7" 
Humilitas occidit superbiam by Jans Muskee
Humilitas occidit superbiam
oilpastel on paper
2007
82.7" x  145.7" 
Fire II by Jans Muskee
Fire II
oilpastel on paper
2008
78.7" x  141.7" 
Caritas by Jans Muskee
Caritas
oilpastel on paper
2008
82.7" x  145.7" 
Breaking news by Jans Muskee
Breaking news
oilpastel on paper
2008
13" x  19.7" 
Green sofa by Jans Muskee
Green sofa
oilpastel on paper
2008
11.8" x  17.7" 
Jesus by Jans Muskee
Jesus
oilpastel on paper
2008
13" x  23.6" 
Snow by Jans Muskee
Snow
oilpastel on paper
2008
15.7" x  23.6" 
Burning car by Jans Muskee
Burning car
oilpastel on paper
2008
13.8" x  19.7" 
Sleeping by Jans Muskee
Sleeping
oilpastel on paper
2008
13.8" x  23.6" 
Death by Jans Muskee
Death
oilpastel on paper
2008
15.7" x  23.6" 
Berlin Center by Jans Muskee
Berlin Center
oilpastel on paper
2008
13.8" x  17.7" 

Artist Statement
In their commonplace, everyday literalism, the characters in Jans Muskee's drawings are primarily artificial and unreal. They are thrown back on themselves, like actors in a bad play. There is no genuinely experienced interaction. The poses they assume are vacuous and revealing at the same time. Precisely because these men, women and children scarcely display any emotion, they arouse our yearning for warmth, intimacy, and symbiosis. In short, the longing is evoked by exactly that which is not visualized in the drawing itself. You could say that, in doing so, Muskee uncovers human failure and the inability to escape from the subconscious, the servility of custom, the habituation, the cliché, and self-evident authority. But, at the same time, it also demonstrates that we want to see in his drawings something that we miss: protection, sympathy, emotion, contact. Fortunately. We also are here.

Artist Bio / CV

JANS MUSKEE
(Nieuw-Amsterdam, 1961)

Education
Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten “Minerva”, Groningen
Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

Exhibitions

2009

"tekenen nu ", galerie Majke Hüsstegel, 's Hertogenbosch


2008

"Tekeningenfestijn 2008", galerie de Zevende Hemel, Velp
"Contemporary Art Ruhr", galerie new Untitled, Essen
" Longstories", Torch gallery, Amsterdam
"The world is really gonna love you", galerie new Untitled, Venlo

2007

"Um die Ecke", Kulturpalast Wedding, Berlin
"the conciousness of the human being in the mind of an almost-human being", zoete-broodjes gallery, A'dam
"Bezembinder's geïllustreerde zoete broodjes", zoete-broodjes gallery, Amsterdam
“Mensch und Landschaft-diese ewigen Baustellen, PEK, Ede
“UitZicht”, Artwalk, Amsterdam
ArtAmsterdam, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam
ArtBrussel, Flatlandgallery, Brussel
“You make it easy to watch the world withlove”,Flatlandgallery,Utrecht
“Family Matters”, KunstEyssen, Alkmaar
ArtParis, Flatland galerie, Parijs
NOK, kunst uit Friesland en Groningen, landgoed Nienoord, Leek
ArtRotterdam, Flatland galerie, Rotterdam


2006

“Gelukkig met z’n twee, Pictura, Dordrecht
“Floating in your rainbow coloured eyes”, Noortse Bosch, Amsterdam


2005

“Playtime”, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussel
galerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam
KunstRai. Flatland galerie, Amsterdam


2004
“Jans Muskee”, Goed Gezien, Amsterdam
“Happy Go Lucky”, V/H de Gemeente, Leeuwarden
“Microkosmos” Centraal Museum, Utrecht
“Light the fuse!” Flatland galerie, Utrecht
“Snow White and the 3 Stooges”, de Branderij, Antwerpen
“Art Rotterdam”, Flatland galerie, Rotterdam