Jesper Just

Continuous Monuments

17 Mar - 16 Apr 2018

Installation view, WENTRUP, Berlin, Germany, 2018
Continuous Monuments
17 March – 16 April 2018

WENTRUP is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Jesper Just at the gallery.
The exhibition derives its title Continuous Monuments from a series of designs created in 1969 by the legendary Italian architects’ collective Superstudio. In the 1960s as steel and concrete boxes began to overrun the cities, Superstudio saw a need to ridicule this spreading of homogeneous modernistic architecture. They proposed that enormous mega structures would stretch out over the earth, across metropolises and pristine natural landscapes, even into outer space. Referring to the idea of Superstudio Jesper Just created a site-specific installation made out of aluminum profiles to present a selection of video works.

The exhibited videos Continuous Monuments (2017), Servitudes #6 (2015), In the Shadow/of a Spectacle/is the View/of the Crowd (2015) and Llano (2012) all show a solitary woman in interaction with a building or a structure, and how she uses this in a different way, by treating it like a musical instrument. By using a mixture of multiple video channels, sound installation, sculptural and architectural interventions the works follow female characters in the realm urban space, exploring the body’s relationship to public and private space and the limits and boundaries of the body itself in a search for selfhood. How they define the limits between their bodies and their surroundings, both physically and internally.

An important feature of the exhibition is, what Jesper Just himself calls, ‘the idea of interconnecting elements of the films: space, sound and visuals’. The exhibition is designed in a way that the architectural interventions, the moving images and the soundtracks of the films are interconnected and thus interact with each other. Images and sounds merge into each other, so new combinations and new compositions are created. By assembling these elements, Just creates a compelling audio-visual experience, in which the visitor is almost physically absorbed. This makes it possible to have another perception of the works, a perception with which a stronger relationship is realized between the ‘poetic wanderings’ in the films and those of the observers. Music and resonance serves as structural elements and vessels for connection – linking the characters, films and the experience for the viewers like an invisible web. Here we have the connection with the ideas of Italian architects Superstudio. In the words of Jesper: ‘In a sense, it rearranges the power relations, it dismantles the hierarchy and tries to democratize and equalize things.’

Jesper Just (1974, Copenhagen, lives and works in New York) had solo exhibitions at, amongst other places, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Miami Art Museum; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Brooklyn Museum; BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning; MMCA, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea; Portland Museum, Portland.

In 2013, he represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale.

His works are in public collections such as MET, New York; USA; The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark; AROS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburg, USA; EMMA, Helsinki, Finland; FRAC, Fonds Regional D Art Contemporain Champagne-Ardenne, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Herbert F. Johnson Museum, New York, USA; Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark; Honart Museum, Teheran, Iran; Israel Museum, Israel; Kiasma, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark; Malmø Konstmuseum, Malmø, Sweden; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Musac, Leon, Spain; Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg; Statens Museum, Danish National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Tate Modern, London, England.

Tags: Jesper Just, Superstudio