Peana opens an exhibition featuring works by Robert Janitz and Jessica Wozny

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Peana opens an exhibition featuring works by Robert Janitz and Jessica Wozny
Installation view.

MONTERREY.- There happens to be a connection between the apparent and the unexpected, the detection of which is capable of revitalizing the perception of those structures with which we coexist. The encounter with this experience is irregular and permeable, a sign of the passing of an energy whose vibration is hidden both in rest and in things’ ability to fall into place despite their obvious ups and downs. Robert Janitz’s painting and Jessica Wozny’s sculpture share this character: one that is equally self-evident and surprising, in which their relationships seem simultaneously to disturb and to contain the activities from which they originated.

One finds them in a space that can be traversed as a sort of network of nuclei, in which each work clearly presents the system that governs its processes while also obscuring its purposes: there is no doubt about the apparition of forms, though their identity is profoundly indeterminate.

In another double operation, the subsequent pursuit of signs tosses up a world that is both encrypted and alluded to; the rapid passage of organic evocations in the use of the body and in flexion, as well as the discovery of a possible semantic sequence attributable to language. Material repertoires are confused with the presence of the alphabet.

Robert Janitz’s painting has been created through discrete modulations of pressure in order to make way for the traversal of surfaces mixed with oil and flour, while Wozny’s material reflects a close agreement between surface and structure via direct manipulation of different types of paper, including photocopy paper. In both works there arises a capacity in the exterior to merge with the interior: the confusion between a texture and a structure and a surface with a background. The result is a porous and rich visuality capable of reaching our desire for familiarity in order to transform it suddenly: it is not easy to know at what distance we can understand what is happening.

The drastic and at the same time silent effects of these operations make each work a hallmark in itself. An entity, both organic and inorganic, that self-calculates in material disturbances.

The work of Robert Janitz and Jessica Wozny plays with its own finitude and therein establishes links in readings towards its own interior. There is satisfaction in perceiving the balance of these equations, as well as in the intuition of a certain self-imposed
loneliness standing at its parameters: its signs do not appear to want to open or close, but to continue its secret way of life within a permanently distinctive ecology.

by Christian Camacho

Robert Janitz (Germany b.1962) is a Mexico City-based artist whose practice distills memories and experiences, as well as real world and art historical references, into semi-abstract and abstract images. In his compositions, Janitz foregrounds the process of painting and its material qualities through his luscious application of pigment, subtle color combinations, and the rough edges of his canvases. He also explores themes ranging from the history of portraiture to the mnemonic effects of the surfaces and textures surrounding him, to the sensuous appeal of such mundane sights as buttered bread.

Robert Janitz’s recent projects include UNITS a two person exhibition curated by Christian Camacho at PEANA Monterrey, MX; Best of All Worlds at Casa Gilardi, Mexico City, MX; Spirito Andante at Archivo Collectivo, Mexico City, MX; <3 ist ein Tippfehler en KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, DE; Elle & Lui, a group exhibition at Galerie PACT, París, FR; Janitz’s upcoming exhibitions in 2021 include Peppi Bottrop & Robert Janitz at Marc Leblanc Gallery, Chicago, US; and a solo exhibtion at Sevil Dolmaci Gallery, Istanbul, TR.

Jessica Wozny (Germany b. 1978) is an artist based in Oaxaca. Her paintings, drawings and sculptures are produced with everyday materials such as wire, colored plastics and composite fabrics. Her practice is informed by a compounded use of matter that reflects an intimate understanding between surface and structure.

Wozny’s recent projects include UNITS a two person exhibition curated by Christian Camacho at PEANA Monterrey, MX; Tú de mí / yo de ti at Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, MX; Don´t get 2 close 2 my fantasy curated by Endy Hupperich at Galería Karen Huber, Mexico City, MX; Gran sur, estados de ánimo fuera del centro, curated by Gustavo Ramirez and Luis Hampshire at International Baroque Museum Museo in Puebla, MX; and Ikat salvaje del telar domesticado, a solo exhibition at Fly on the Wall Project Space in Oaxaca, MX.

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