Artists Space

Jana Euler: Unform

Two rectangular orange paintings, in portrait orientation, hang on a white wall. Both canvases depict slugs filling up each rectangle. In the painting to the left, the slug almost forms into a square. In the painting to the right, the slug is stretched in a long line, twisting across the surface area of the canvas. The eyes of both slugs protrude from their animated bodies like antennae, raised and peeking over the boundary of each painting
[Two rectangular orange paintings, in portrait orientation, hang on a white wall. Both canvases depict slugs filling up each rectangle. In the painting to the left, the slug almost forms into a square. In the painting to the right, the slug is stretched in a long line, twisting across the surface area of the canvas. The eyes of both slugs protrude from their animated bodies like antennae, raised and peeking over the boundary of each painting's edge.]

February 21, 2020 –
Opening Friday, February 21, 6 - 8pm

Artists Space is pleased to announce an exhibition by Jana Euler. As its title suggests, Euler’s new works extend many of the artist’s painterly investigations of the dynamic interrelations of sentient forms and their surrounding space—institutional, domestic, and perceptual. Unform stretches and complexifies the nature of painting itself, renewing its energy in confronting the conditions that inform identity and self-perception.

Responding directly to the renovation and character of Artists Space’s new exhibition space, Euler’s paintings include both conventionally-stretched canvases and expansive structureless forms that function as autonomous beings and architectural elaborations. In these works, Euler manipulates the forms of figurative representation to delineate new ways of looking at social and cultural confinements as well as those rare catalytic moments of change or realization, be they emotional or institutional, where unforming leads to reforming.

[Three large slug sculptures are installed on a series of cast-iron columns that run through the middle of a light-filled gallery space. The slug sculpture closest to the viewer is the largest and is bound to the column by two straps. The second slug sculpture installed directly behind the first resembles a battering ram and hangs between two columns, suspended by elastic cords. Its body moves back and forth between the columns. A final slug sculpture is installed by the gallery's back wall. It wraps around one of the columns, engulfing it.]
[A large, orange slug sculpture forming a circular ring shape is installed around a cast-iron column in a white-walled gallery space. The slug is suspended by eight elastic cords such that it encircles the column at rests at its vertical center. The slug sculpture pivots from side to side around the column in a back-and-forth motion.]
An animated gif of a rotating, square painting installed in a white-walled gallery space. The painting depicts four superimposed nude bodies in various positions (standing, crouching, extending their arms) in an amorphous yet contained space. The painting framed in a black wooden frame with handles on each of its four sides. The animation depicts the painting spinning clockwise, such that at every angle the figures appear to stand in a different position, carrying out a new action.
[An animated gif of a rotating, square painting installed in a white-walled gallery space. The painting depicts four superimposed nude bodies in various positions (standing, crouching, extending their arms) in an amorphous yet contained space. The painting framed in a black wooden frame with handles on each of its four sides. The animation depicts the painting spinning clockwise, such that at every angle the figures appear to stand in a different position, carrying out a new action.]

Jana Euler (b.1982, Friedberg, Germany) lives and works in Frankfurt and Brussels. Past solo exhibitions include Great White Fear, Galerie Neu, Berlin (2019); GLOBAL WARNINGS!, dépendance, Brussels (2018); High in Amsterdam, the sky of Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Cabinet Gallery, London (2017); In It, Portikus, Frankfurt (2015); Where the Energy Comes From, Kunsthalle Zurich & Bonner Kunstverein (2014); Outside Inside Sensibility, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (with Stewart Uoo, 2013); Under Abstraction, Cubitt Gallery, London (2012). Past group exhibitions include Maskulinitaten, Bonner Kunstverein (2019); The Violence of Gender, JC Contemporary (Tai Kwun), Hong Kong (2019); The Absent Museum, WIELS, Brussels (2017); Painting 2.0, mumok, Vienna (2016).

Lead Support for Unform is provided by Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley, Murray Abramson, Richard Chang, and R.H. Defares.

Exhibition support is provided by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Eleanor Cayre, Lonti Ebers, Paul Leong, Modica Carr, and Julien Wolf & Alexandre Chastel.

Additional support is provided by The Friends of Artists Space, The Artists Space Program Fund, Atelier4, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwich Collection LTD, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.