Jason Jägel / The Castle And Other Works

26 October 2012

Jason Jägel / The Castle And Other Works



We invites you to the opening of the show “The Castle & Other Works” on Friday October 26th from 4pm – 7pm. At the reception Jason Jägel will be present and the young Scandinavian band Scarlet Pleasure will give a concert.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present “The Castle & Other Works”, an exhibition by the American artist Jason Jägel (b. 1971). It is his second solo show at the gallery. The talented artist is represented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. With this exhibition Jägel presents new gouache paintings on paper including a series of paintings entitled, “The Castle”.

Jägel creates many works at once, continually re-approaching paintings with spontaneity and instinct. His work is a form of autobiographical fiction, employing disciplined improvisation for the past twenty years to hone a singular language of picture writing. Scale shifts, linguistic expressions, multiple perspectives, color surfaces and overlapping spaces result in a shimmering expression. As spectators, the ambiguous and fragmented narratives are deliberately open to interpretation.

“The Castle” is a series of paintings that originate as “blotter” paper: a base layer beneath other on-going paintings that naturally accrues random overpaint, test brush marks, notations, inattentive attention and text. The series has been developing for the past 12 years. Concerning the works, Jägel explains: “These works function as a hub during which other types of work can flourish. They are a consonant outgrowth of super-marginal paint and the harnessing of peripheral energy. The title derives from these works condition as an ‘accumulation of facts’ –an unassailable state of becoming.”

In 2002 Jason Jägel graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University. Since 1995 he has participated in numerous exhibitions, including solo shows in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Milan and New York. Besides MoMa, New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jägel is also represented in collections of UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, USA, and in numerous private collections. Seventy-Three Funshine, a monograph of his work, was released in 2008. In 2012 Jägel was awarded a fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In addition to his rigorous studio practice, Jägel teaches at numerous institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The exhibition will run until December 1st 2012. Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 11-18, Saturdays from 12-16. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: or at +45 33 93 92 00.