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The Thing Outside, collage #1 Collage

Jay Rechsteiner

United Kingdom

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 23.6 W x 18.9 H x 0 D in

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The Thing Outside was initially established as a live lecture on the discovery of a mysterious thing, a large patio umbrella and a table (without chairs). During a five day investigation into the nature and the possible motives of that thing outside, I compiled three videos, one slide show and various Photoshop images. About half a year later when I was stationed in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, as part of The Red Van research project, I came across a group of people who organized a street festival that would bring together Italians and immigrants. As an outsider, i.e. not classified as an Italian nor an immigrant, I found myself outside the festival circle and it all morphed into a thing, something I did not know, something that frightened me. The only thing left for me to do, was to record he location, the people, the event. It then became obvious to me that there was a intense connection between the encounter with the thing outside in Soiano and the thing outside in Casellammare del Golfo. This is the first of three collages I made for the first presentation of The Thing Outside as part of a group show in London. Read more: http://jayrechsteiner.com/the_thing_outside.htm

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Collage:Paper on Paper

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Size:23.6 W x 18.9 H x 0 D in

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My work is very versatile, in general process-based and sits at the intersection of different practices. However, I enjoy painting the most as it not only allows me to express my ideas most directly but it is also a great tool to explore and develop ideas. My painting work investigates pictorial composition and aesthetics with a focus on the notion of the concrete and the abstract, clash, balance, anarchy & the dialogue between opposites. My work is very versatile, in general process-based and sits at the intersection of different practices. An essential aspect of process is the element of change including new directions and abandonment (of work) which gives my work a seemingly peripatetic character. The quality of my work is not so much within the single pieces of work but rather in my overall approach and understanding. One of my principle interests lies in social constructionism, the analysis and documentation of (cultural, social) heritage, i.e. the (social, political, cultural and historical) makeup of people. Whether it manifests itself in the form of a drawing, a collage, a painting, an installation, an action or any other medium, my work is never so much about the discrete unit of work but rather the work as a part of the gesamtkunstwerk, the gesamt-story. My understanding of the gesamtkunstwerk in its truest sense is the entirety of my work as a cohesive body. It is very important to me that my work represents myself, my way of thinking and my opinions. Staying true to myself and having integrity is a very important aspect of my practice. I don't produce art for the masses, nor have I any desire to ride on the band wagon of current trends in the contemporary art world. I am currently working on a painting series titled Delphine & Jay: the Concrete & the Abstract. These are process-based works on canvas & paper. The work explores as the title suggests concrete and abstract ideas/concept focusing on clash, balance, anarchy & the dialogue between opposites.

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