Posted on Jun 18, 2015 by WAAVE+DADA
Austrian/French stencil artist duo Jana & Js bring their urban landscape beauties to the gallery walls with "A Matter of Time" at Pretty Portal Gallery.
Appropriating their unique stencil-technique, the founders of the "Artiste Ouvrier" Movements in France traverse the use of material and subject matter, offering a passionate and engaging perspective.
"In fact, the images of Jana & Js are a snapshot in time. The sharp outlines in their work and the clean shapes created by the use of stencil, evoke the impression that the the portrayed characters in JANA&JS´s work act like a stop in time. As the knife cuts the stencils, the imagery of the artist couple slightly cuts out pieces from the flow of time and keep it fixed for detailed consideration. These so captured moments are closely linked to feelings that play a strong role in Jana & JS’s work.
Many of the works are painted on old found objects. These support the effect of the artworks, where transience and the after-effects of lived experiences resonate. With the objects, which originate in urban areas, the artist couple link their paintings with the urban surrounding. Likewise JANA&JS place their art as an intervention in the urban space, they intertwine urbanity in their works for the gallery space.
In the exhibition “Matter of Time” Jana & JS show a new series of works that have been painted this year. During the exhibition period Jana & JS and Pretty Portal will publish a limited stencil edition.
Jana & Js´s work can be found both in urban surroundings as well as in closed rooms. Inspired by the city and its architecture in the course of time, as well as by the residents and the viewers, they spray urban landscapes, portraits and details of architectures with a play of reflections and transparencies." [via PrettyPortal]