Jana Euler “Unform” at Artists Space, New York
Artists Space is very pleased to announce a new exhibition by Jana Euler. Conceived over the past two years, “Unform” is both the first solo show at our new home at 11 Cortlandt Alley and Euler’s first institutional solo exhibition in the US. As its title implies, 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. Eschewing fidelity to any consistent style, Euler’s artistic practice generates eccentric pictorial fabulations which employ a myriad of image-making techniques to examine and exaggerate the very acts of depicting and viewing. Working with portraiture, stock photography, and text, Euler’s virtuosic and often hilariously abject paintings, sculptures, and installations address subjectivity in the hybridized digital world—whether caricaturing life’s contradictory episodes, envisaging the consumption, care, and containment in selfhood more broadly, or addressing the circulation of images and artworks via economic, social, and virtual value systems.
At Artists Space, New York
until 18 September 2020