Hummer  2005

Oil on Canvas  70 x 90 cm

Variation (Garnele)  2008

Oil on Cnvas  24 x 30 cm

Natura morta (Widder)  2003
Öl auf Leinwand  150 x 180 cm

Schädel  2009
Öl auf Leinwand  24 x 30 cm

Variation (Schädel)  2008
Öl auf Leinwand  24 x 30 cm

Observatorium  2008
Öl auf Leinwand  24 x 30 cm

Phobos  2007
Öl auf Leinwand  24 x 30 cm

Johannes oder Salomé  2008
Öl auf Leinwand  30 x 24 cm

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Jan Czerwinski

 

Jan Czerwinski shows newest works in the solo exhibition orbita

November 9th to December 10th 2016

 

former exhibition: 

back to horizon  from March 20th to May 4th 2013

kassiopeia  from October 13th - November 13th 2010

 

geboren in Singen am Hohentwiel D . Doppelstaatsbürgerschaft CH / D

1966

Erste Ausstellungsbeteiligung

1988

Bezug eines Ateliers der Stiftung BINZ 39 in Zürich

1996

Werkbeitrag für bildende Kunst des Kanton Zürich

1998

Teilnahme am „Projectspace“, Balcik, Bulgarien

2000

Werkbeitrag für bildende Kunst des Kanton Zürich

2000

Seit 2000 Dozent für Malerei an der Kunstschule Wetzikon

2000

  

 

… everything inside a skull comes into existence and disappears just like in space – comets, epochs, everything emerges from and then decays inside the skull’s imagination.

Kasimir Malewitsch

 

 . I am especially interested in those things at the edge of our experience or at the fringes of our world, or that are a kind of symbol for just this.
Hence in my work, I have been preoccupied with skulls for years, with moons for a long time, and more recently also with the term 'observatory'.
 . The observatory, located on a mountain ridge between heaven and earth, expands our view of the outer worlds. Looking into a telescope means looking into the great beyond in the sense of experiencing a limit of what we are capable of perceiving. Like looking into the outer cosmos, looking into one’s own universe inside one’s skull always means looking into darkness. And yet the longer I look inside it, the more I will see. Painting thus is a kind of observatory for inner worlds, it enables me to make special, personal observations visible to others.
 . The bones of the skull are the edge where the outer and inner lives meet. The skull is the symbol of the transition between life and death par excellence, the edge we cannot see beyond off, yet offering us room for projecting fears and desires precisely because of this. *
Skulls are silent just as painting is a silent activity, which is why they put a spell on me. My paintings are not supposed to be chatty, or cause striking dread or appalled screams. They are supposed to be more of a deep, barely audible rumbling. Uncannily-beautiful bass sounds, so to speak. **
. Skulls represent the end of time as we can perceive it; they represent complete deceleration, not hectic busyness (which is another analogy of painting in relation to the media’s landslide of images).

 . It is similar with moons and asteroids. Superficially, they are not attractive: they are not inhabited and therefore change less than an inhabited planet. Stoically, they follow their orbit, waiting for a meteor to hit them every 10.000 years to reshape how they look. Magnificent craters, ridges and mountain ranges come into being. I have produced extensive works on the similarity of the surfaces of moons and skulls.
 . In the art of painting of Zen-Buddhism, *** a painting is great when it contains abysmal depth, is simplistic, and yet encompasses an other-worldly, detached touch. Currently, I feel like this describes my work best. And now I am going back to the observatory – to look and to paint!

* As an aside, I am thus happy to continue the tradition of vanitas paintings.
** These sounds can e.g. be found in music by doom metal bands, the dark ambient jazz musicians of 'Boren und der Club of Gore', classic and jazz pianist Misha Alperin or in the chants of Tibetan monks.
*** 'Zen in der Kunst des Malens', H.Brinker, 1985

Statements to my works in the book 'Paintings that creep' March 2009 . Jan Czerwinski

Translation by Iris Bitter  Strychnin Gallery  Berlin

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

'orbita' mitart gallery Basel

2016

'Back to Horizon' mitart gallery Basel with Michael Sherman

2013

'Cranial Mountains' Sam Scherrer Zürich

2011

'Kassiopeia' mitart gallery Basel CH

2010

„Observatorium“ Bollag Galleries Zürich

2009

„Hummermonde, Schädelblumen“ Galerie Stephan Witschi Zürich

2007

Galerie Schwind Frankfurt am Main

2006

Galerie Stephan Witschi Zürich

2005

„Analogie: Schädel / Monde“ Künstlerbund Tübingen

2005

Galerie Schedler Zürich / Warth CH

2003

Galerie Schwind Frankfurt am Main

2003

Lehman & Leskiw Fine Arts Toronto Kanada

2003

Phtalo Gallery Vancouver Kanada

2003

Soloshow Messe ArtFrankfurt Galerie Schedler Zürich

2002

Soloshow Messe kunst2000 Zürich bei Galerie Schedler Zürich

2000

Galerie Schedler Zürich CH

1999

Galerie Schedler Warth CH

1997

 

Group Exhibitions . Art Fairs  Selection

Winter Preziosen, mitart gallery Basel

2014

venti stelle . mitart gallery Basel

2010

"Interregio RJ 09/10" Minimuseum Vigano Rapperswil

2009

"Catch of the Year" Dienstgebäude Zürich

2009

Messe Art Fair21 Köln bei Strychnin Gallery Berlin

2009

Galerie Schwind Frankfurt und Leipzig

2009

„Accrochage“ Bollag Galleries Zürich

2009

Messe Kunst Zürich 2009 bei Bollag Galleries Zürich

2009

„Minimale“ Alpineum Produzentengalerie Luzern

2009

„Heroes for one Night“ Minimuseum Vigano Rapperswil

2009

„Do you Nomi?“ Strychnin Galerie Berlin

2009

„Blick Dicht“ Bollag Galleries Zürich

2009

Messe Kunst Zürich 2008 bei Bollag Galleries Zürich

2009

„Im Überfluss“ Bollag Galleries Zürich

2007

Kunstszene Zürich Toniareal mit Gähler Weilenmann Rüegg Leyeler

2007

Neueröffnung Galerie Stephan Witschi Zürich

2006

„Lokale Aufhellungen“ Helmhaus Zürich

2005

Messe MilanArt  Mailand I bei Galerie Schwind Frankfurt

2004

Messe Artfair Toronto CDN bei Lehman & Leskiw Fine Arts Toronto

2004

„value sells values“ Ausstellungsraum 25 Zürich

2000

Messe ArtFrankfurt bei Galerie Schwind Frankfurt

2000

„Zeichnungen“ Galerie Schedler Zürich

2000

Kunstszene Zürich Toniareal . Gähler Weilenmann Rüegg Leyeler Archetti

2000

„Museumsshop“ Shed im Eisenwerk Frauenfeld CH

2000

„project space“ Nationale Galerien Balcik und Sofia Bulgarien

2000

„Maler/innen“ Stiftung BINZ39 Zürich CH

1999

  

Publications

„Malerei“

2016

„Paintings that creep“ bei Korero Books herausgegeben von Yasha Young

2009

„Lexikon der phantastischen Kunst“ Gerhard Habarta Wien

2009

Katalog zur Jubiläumsausstellung der Galerie Schwind Frankfurt

2009

„Supermalbuch“ herausgegeben zusammen mit Mara Müller und unter Beteiligung von 63 Künstler/innen im Bilgerverlag Zürich

2003

Katalog zur Ausstellung in der Galerie Schwind Frankfurt D

2003

Katalog zum Project-space Balcik

2000

 

Works in collections in Switzerland, such as Bank Julius Bär . Credit Suisse . Jacobs Museum Zürich . Sammlung Bosshard