until 06.06. | #3890ARTatBerlin | Galerie feinart berlin shows from 27. April 2023 the exhibition SOIL of the artist Christine Jackob-Marks. Under the title SOIL, the exhibition is dedicated to a multi-layered guiding genre of the painter Christine Jackob-Marks: the landscape in transition from the 1980s to today.
Christine Jackob-Marks: O.T., Mixed media on canvas,, 130 x 120cm, 2000 © CJM
The English word soil summarizes themes that characterize the entire creative path of Christine Jackob-Marks: the soil, the earth (world, planet), the ground (cause); to soil: to pollute, contaminate, sully. The exhibition focuses on one of the painter’s guiding genres, the landscape in transition from the 1980s to the current series of works. In particular, the assaulted, threatened landscape, where something is at stake, is representative of her exploration of the threats to the natural world that is our home and condition of life. In doing so, the artist demonstrates sensitivity to a special, contradictory beauty of nature, which unfolds incomparably fascinating, bizarre and imaginative color games not despite but precisely in processes of withering, withering and decay. After all, isn’t it in the abysmal and the ugly that the real igniting power for change and innovation lies, while pure beauty knows only complacency?
Christine Jackob-Marks: O.T., Mixed media on canvas,, 90 x 70cm, 2022 © CJM
If one compares Christine Jackob-Marks’ works of recent years with earlier works on nudes, landscapes, still lifes, and animal portraits, one can describe a turning away from representational depiction. Significantly, the painter does not understand this in any way as a turn to abstraction. Quite the contrary: anyone following her artistic development will find, especially in the landscape-related paintings, a progressive intensification of essential thoughts that accompany the entire oeuvre. The driving questions such as “where do I come from?”, “why am I in the world?”, “what is the unity of the cosmos?” testify to an incessant search for the essence of being and refuse any simple solution. If Dr. Peter Raue saw in Jackob-Marks’ paintings the “loss of the innocence of the landscape”, today in them the guilt and innocence of color, form and ductus as well as of the painting process itself seem to be put up for negotiation. This would be the logical culmination of the credo described by the artist: “destroy what is seen because it is not really what is seen; there is another reality behind it”.
Christine Jackob-Marks: Baum im Schnee, Mixed media on canvas,, 110 x 80cm, 2018 © CJM
A look at Jackob-Marks’ path since her exhibition debut in Berlin in 1984 makes one aware that her artistic “keynote” has always remained the same through all variations of motifs and external form. Just as in Faust the search for what holds the world together at its core seems inseparable from the seduction of evil, so she repeatedly reaches out to doubt and the untrust(ed) to advance her artistic work. “I am the image,” she says, leaving the question whether her artistic path itself is not the answer.
Christine Jackob-Marks: Ibiza, Mixed media on canvas, 100 x 80cm, 1998 © CJM
Opening: Thursday 27. April 2023, 17:00 bis 21:00 | 19:00 Official Opening.
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 27. April until Tuesday, 06. June 2023
Finissage: Tuesday, 06. June 2023, 5pm until 9pmTo the Gallery
Image Caption: Christine Jackob-Marks, Ursprung. 3. und 4. Tag, Mixed media on canvas,, 130 x 160cm, 2012, © CJM
Exhibition Christine Jackob-Marks – Galerie feinart berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin – Contemporary Art – Ausstellungen Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin