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Jans muskee

 

In their commonplace, everyday literalism, the characters in Jans Muskee’s drawings are primarily artificial and unreal. They are thrown back on themselves, like actors in a bad play. There is no genuinely experienced interaction. The poses they assume are vacuous and revealing at the same time. Precisely because these men, women and children scarcely display any emotion, they arouse our yearning for warmth, intimacy, and symbiosis. In short, the longing is evoked by exactly that which is not visualized in the drawing itself. You could say that, in doing so, Muskee uncovers human failure and the inability to escape from the subconscious, the servility of custom, the habituation, the cliché, and self-evident authority. But, at the same time, it also demonstrates that we want to see in his drawings something that we miss: protection, sympathy, emotion, contact. Fortunately. We also are here.

+ABOUT THE ARTIST

 
 
The Hand   Oil pastel on paper, 2018

The Hand 
Oil pastel on paper, 2018

 
Protest I  Oil pastel on paper, 2017

Protest I
Oil pastel on paper, 2017

Rearrangement With Swimming Pool   Oil pastel on paper, 2016

Rearrangement With Swimming Pool
Oil pastel on paper, 2016

 
Diana   Oil pastel on paper, 2017

Diana
Oil pastel on paper, 2017

 
Two Chairs  Oil pastel on paper, 2018

Two Chairs
Oil pastel on paper, 2018

Hannah  Oil pastel on paper, 2018

Hannah
Oil pastel on paper, 2018