Tuesday, November 13, 2007

the great wall


2006 11 04
Jonathan Meese poses as a Chinese revolutionary soldier at the Great Chinese Wall near Beijing, China
Jonathan Meese is a self-proclaimed cultural exorcist. In his performances, sculptures, and paintings he adopts a shamanistic role, schizophrenically channelling all manner of chaotic zeitgeist and psycho/media debris. In his self-portraits, Meese exaggerates his real-life ‘wild-man’ features, his image continuously mutating through a cast of characters – from demons to divas and superheroes – to develop potential narratives exploring the nature of power, corruption and contemporary mythology.