Of dreamy utopias, urban structures and green fields

Solo exhibition  at AVT. Foyer RWTH Aachen University.

This exhibition ended on February 18, 2020.

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In the exhibition “INNER GREEN FIELDS” the AVT presents five large-format and some small-format works from the current creative cycle of Jana Rusch.

In the spacious AVT foyer, it is the first time that so many of the artist’s large formats can be shown simultaneously.

They mark an exciting point in her artistic development and unfold an almost self-potentiating effect in this environment.

Jana Rusch has been engaged for many years in the search for forms, structures and speeds of human living spaces.

In the current series, which she calls “green fields”,  she goes considerably beyond the boundaries of the known and already existing.

Anyone familiar with the works of Jana Rusch will notice that they are increasingly enveloped by a seemingly idiosyncratic blurriness.

The light dynamic brushstroke, the dotty, dabbing application of paint, the fusion of graphic and painterly elements optically produce this effect.

On the level of content, the artist deliberately provides blurriness as a spatial means of reception and thus also a ground for the desired discourse.

What do we see? Is it a root structure of a tree? Are they landscapes? Are they dream fragments?

They are positive, life-affirming, powerful images of a dream of human existence on earth, its interaction with its habitat and also its traces on the planet.

We see utopias of a future worth living!

Rusch creates spacious landscapes. She invents soft, flowing forms, dynamic, powerful structures that appear organic, natural and at the same time urban.

“In my work I am always looking for liveliness and lightness. I am interested in capturing short, fleeting moments, insights into my own dream worlds, into a utopia of human existence on earth.“

And then the eye finally finds proof of a possible existence of such landscapes.

They are small fragments of old maps, which the viewer tends to find at third glance, well hidden in the shimmering surface of the picture. In this series, they are excerpts from the Ferraris cards, which were transferred by the artist to the painted pictures using transfer technology. Maps from the year 1777 – the first cartographic record of Belgium. They are collages of reworked map sections, which Joseph Johann von Ferraris, lacking the means to look at the earth from above, drew by hand.

“I feel a deep inner connection between these maps, myself and what I create on the canvas. With the exhibition “inner green fields” I pass on my longing, my dream of the green fields of the future to everyone”.

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