Place / Displaced

Annelies Jahn and Jo Meisner
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
April
   
12
 -  
April
   
23
Being out of place or in place in the world around us, brings us a sense of understanding and order to the world we inhabit.

INFORMATION

In and Out of Place / Tim Corne

Annelies Jahn / Jo Meisner

Annelies Jahn and Jo Meisner have developed a strong friendship over the past six years that allows an honest and critical engagement with each other’s art practice. Visiting each other’s studios, and through discussion, they found an association between their differing but parallelpractices, nding common ground in the idea of place.

Place relates to an area or portion of space occupied within the world physically, psychologically and metaphorically. Status, condition and location are all covered within place, a place anda sense of place. The word implies a sense of connection. Displaced conveys the opposite with connotations of extrication. Being out of place or in place in the world around us, brings us a sense of understanding and order to the world we inhabit. Our environment, both physically and mentally, makes sense to us through our place within it.

Displaced – being outside of, removed or detached with dif culty, are concepts of place exploredby Meisner in her ongoing practice dealing with isolation within urban environments. This hasbeen explored through the lonely gures within our cities, ranging from smart-phone users toimmigrants. More recently, displacement is investigated in a more personal body of work usingthe artist’s own form. Layered fabric gures with suggestions of comfort, warmth, and domesticitylie against cold slabs of black. The bodies and heads are separated and bear the marks of crude stitching. The artist examines the place she is in after a medical diagnosis and dealing with the impacts the symptoms have on her life. Threads of lost stories are to be found in the many layers concealed within these forms, with their frayed unravelling memories of a life. Each work stands in place, an artefact and chapter in life.

Being in place – existing within, and the habitation of place are explored through the practice of Jahn. The space and sites of the artist’s life and the experience of a place is the focus of Jahn’s work. These places are documented digitally, in drawings and recorded as objects which are both found and manufactured. The objects Jahn presents are often discovered, discarded and out ofplace in the urban landscape. The essence of place, particularly internal, is played with, con atedand re-examined. Displaced objects are positioned within the gallery setting. Layers of awareness are brought into focus through the careful examination of particular physical places. Thoughtful observations of the fabric of a place are brought to our attention through the artist’s work. Our mental space can be observed through a slow consideration of place as location, sewing together the place we are in, and the place we are at in our lives.

Our relationship with place and how we relate to the world – our place within it – are explored in the works of these artists. Both artists approach concepts of place and displacement in their work and invite the viewer to examine their own sense of place.

In and Out of Place / Tim Corne

Annelies Jahn / Jo Meisner

Annelies Jahn and Jo Meisner have developed a strong friendship over the past six years that allows an honest and critical engagement with each other’s art practice. Visiting each other’s studios, and through discussion, they found an association between their differing but parallelpractices, nding common ground in the idea of place.

Place relates to an area or portion of space occupied within the world physically, psychologically and metaphorically. Status, condition and location are all covered within place, a place anda sense of place. The word implies a sense of connection. Displaced conveys the opposite with connotations of extrication. Being out of place or in place in the world around us, brings us a sense of understanding and order to the world we inhabit. Our environment, both physically and mentally, makes sense to us through our place within it.

Displaced – being outside of, removed or detached with dif culty, are concepts of place exploredby Meisner in her ongoing practice dealing with isolation within urban environments. This hasbeen explored through the lonely gures within our cities, ranging from smart-phone users toimmigrants. More recently, displacement is investigated in a more personal body of work usingthe artist’s own form. Layered fabric gures with suggestions of comfort, warmth, and domesticitylie against cold slabs of black. The bodies and heads are separated and bear the marks of crude stitching. The artist examines the place she is in after a medical diagnosis and dealing with the impacts the symptoms have on her life. Threads of lost stories are to be found in the many layers concealed within these forms, with their frayed unravelling memories of a life. Each work stands in place, an artefact and chapter in life.

Being in place – existing within, and the habitation of place are explored through the practice of Jahn. The space and sites of the artist’s life and the experience of a place is the focus of Jahn’s work. These places are documented digitally, in drawings and recorded as objects which are both found and manufactured. The objects Jahn presents are often discovered, discarded and out ofplace in the urban landscape. The essence of place, particularly internal, is played with, con atedand re-examined. Displaced objects are positioned within the gallery setting. Layers of awareness are brought into focus through the careful examination of particular physical places. Thoughtful observations of the fabric of a place are brought to our attention through the artist’s work. Our mental space can be observed through a slow consideration of place as location, sewing together the place we are in, and the place we are at in our lives.

Our relationship with place and how we relate to the world – our place within it – are explored in the works of these artists. Both artists approach concepts of place and displacement in their work and invite the viewer to examine their own sense of place.

FEATURED  WORKS

Installation view of Jo Meisner's figures reflected in Annelies Jahn's Hemisphere.

Installation View 1

Installation View 2

‍Installation View 3

‍Installation View 4

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