Serendipity happens rarely but when it does, the thrill and indulgence can be paramount. Walking down the gallery row of Orchard Street, AF came upon an opening and it was arresting enough at the front window where a baby doll is caught in a trance in front of a TV set. “You must go inside”, someone yelled and we’re glad to walk in to discover it was the opening for Marcus Jansen and his solo exhibition Future Ground. Lauded as having a great museum pedigree with visits from the MoMA and Guggenheim officials scheduled after his opening but the public got first dibs to marvel at his Urban Expressionism. Featuring a very apocalyptic and surveillance heavy state where faceless authorities lay to waste our landscape and leave you questioning about what the future holds. The two dimensional works were astounding and most likely endorsed by Rauschenberg touting Jansen as his heir apparent. Marcus Jansen can take it all in stride and know that his hard work finally paid off. It may be a bleak future in his world but his artistic career is assured of a brighter one. The future in art is made now and we were lucky to witness it that night.
Marcus Jansen: Future Ground : Opened last March 4, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday – Sunday (12 to 7 pm)
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery. 98 Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Max Noy Photo