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Julian-Jakob Kneer

Julian-Jakob Kneer

Berlin, Germany

Installation, Sculpture • Born in Basel, Switzerland • Studied at Univeristät der Künste Berlin, Germany

Published  31/03/2020

Inherited sociocultural symbol- and allocation systems; subconscious dualisms and deviances

In his artistic practice Kneer investigates the origin, logic, and contingency of inherited sociocultural symbol and allocation systems. Central to his work is the examination of subconscious dualisms and ‘abnormal/pathological’ deviances as judged from a bourgeois-normative perspective. This includes obscure and strongly emotionally-occupied objects and practices as well as artefacts and phenomena of everyday and popular culture commonly...

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In his artistic practice Kneer investigates the origin, logic, and contingency of inherited sociocultural symbol and allocation systems. Central to his work is the examination of subconscious dualisms and ‘abnormal/pathological’ deviances as judged from a bourgeois-normative perspective. This includes obscure and strongly emotionally-occupied objects and practices as well as artefacts and phenomena of everyday and popular culture commonly situated beyond ‘good taste’ (kitsch/camp, Mannerism). We live in a shared fiction made of agreed-upon symbols and codes which we’ve ascribed certain meanings, but which usually don’t possess any intrinsic worth. The vulnerability of these symbol and allocation systems offers potential for an artistic reevaluation. Within the framework of a Western world order founded on oppositions and dualisms, the artist is interested in exploring alternative manners of representation that elude the value attribution implicit in binary categories such as ‘pretty/ugly’, ‘sick/healthy’ and ‘right/wrong’.

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Julian-Jakob Kneer

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

MARTYR (feast upon me / Alle Uhren bleiben stehen), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

MARTYR (feast upon me / Alle Uhren bleiben stehen), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

LOSVER (life is a game and love is the price), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

LOSVER (life is a game and love is the price), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

Installation view / 'Ever After' at Shore gallery, Vienna 2019

NEKROMANTIK (Ich bin bereit für unser’n Pakt über die Ewigkeit), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

NEKROMANTIK (Ich bin bereit für unser’n Pakt über die Ewigkeit), 2019, varnish on polyurethane foam, 185 x 133 x 23 cm

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

Installation view / 'ornament sublime' at Lucas Hirsch gallery, Düsseldorf 2019

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, 70 x Ø 27 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, 70 x Ø 27 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, 70 x Ø 27 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, 70 x Ø 27 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, Swarovski rhinestones, 90 x Ø 30 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, Swarovski rhinestones, 90 x Ø 30 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, Swarovski rhinestones, 90 x Ø 30 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, Swarovski rhinestones, 90 x Ø 30 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, metal spikes, 100 x Ø 29 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, metal spikes, 100 x Ø 29 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, metal spikes, 100 x Ø 29 cm

ornament sublime, 2019, lathed oak wood, metal beads, metal spikes, 100 x Ø 29 cm

LosVeR II, 2019, dead roses, padded silk ribbon, lead wire embossing, silk fringes, 210 x 100 x 30 cm

LosVeR II, 2019, dead roses, padded silk ribbon, lead wire embossing, silk fringes, 210 x 100 x 30 cm

LosVeR I, 2019, leather roses, digital embossing on moirée-silk, 80 x 80 x 70 cm

LosVeR I, 2019, leather roses, digital embossing on moirée-silk, 80 x 80 x 70 cm

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'frottage' at Limbo, Berlin 2019

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

frottage, 2019, oak wood, lead, wax, sculpture: 95 x 75 x 35 cm, waxpanel: 115 x 78 cm

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

brutie, 2018, mannequin, papier-mâché-mask, suit, silk ribbon, metal chain, latex gloves, latex stockings, lacquer on wooden shoes, 210 x 60 x 40 cm

brutie, 2018, mannequin, papier-mâché-mask, suit, silk ribbon, metal chain, latex gloves, latex stockings, lacquer on wooden shoes, 210 x 60 x 40 cm

brutie, 2018, mannequin, papier-mâché-mask, suit, silk ribbon, metal chain, latex gloves, latex stockings, lacquer on wooden shoes, 210 x 60 x 40 cm

brutie, 2018, mannequin, papier-mâché-mask, suit, silk ribbon, metal chain, latex gloves, latex stockings, lacquer on wooden shoes, 210 x 60 x 40 cm

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

Installation view / 'wicked games' ROOM E-10 27 at Center, Berlin 2019

SANGuinic spleen, 2018, lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, metal chain, satin gloves, velvet ribbon, nail, dimensions variable

SANGuinic spleen, 2018, lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, metal chain, satin gloves, velvet ribbon, nail, dimensions variable

sardonic heraldrY, 2018, lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, metal chain, satin gloves, velvet ribbon, dimensions variable

sardonic heraldrY, 2018, lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, metal chain, satin gloves, velvet ribbon, dimensions variable

am Ende gibt es doch ein Ende (game is play), 2018, papier-mâché-mask, 80 x 80 x 45 cm

am Ende gibt es doch ein Ende (game is play), 2018, papier-mâché-mask, 80 x 80 x 45 cm

dance macabre (weiter! weiter ins verderben, wir müssen leben bis wir sterben), 2018, HD video, 4'20'' (https://vimeo.com/266276905)

dance macabre (weiter! weiter ins verderben, wir müssen leben bis wir sterben), 2018, HD video, 4'20'' (https://vimeo.com/266276905)

Lolita, 2019, (group exhibition ‘Cold Prey’, Lubov Gallery, New York 2019), lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, satin gloves, silk ribbon, cotton cuffs, metal spikes, wooden spikes, variable dimensions

Lolita, 2019, (group exhibition ‘Cold Prey’, Lubov Gallery, New York 2019), lacquer on wooden shoes, polyester pantyhose, satin gloves, silk ribbon, cotton cuffs, metal spikes, wooden spikes, variable dimensions

Romeo, 2019, (group exhibition ‘L’amour’, Fetisch-Hof, Berlin 2019). papier-mâché-mask, 100 x 65 x 65 cm

Romeo, 2019, (group exhibition ‘L’amour’, Fetisch-Hof, Berlin 2019). papier-mâché-mask, 100 x 65 x 65 cm


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019

ornament sublime, Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf DE

frottage, Limbo, Berlin DE

Ever After, Shore gallery, Vienna AT

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GROUP

2019

Tending Towards, AMOQA, Athens GR

Teen Ranch, Main Street, Toronto CA

Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten (Shortlist), Universität der Künste, Berlin DE

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