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Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin

Art | February 22, 2021 |

Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin
Image courtesy of Perrotin

Jens Fänge. Inner Songes
Perrotin, Paris
February 06 – March 27, 2021

For his second exhibition at Perrotin Paris, Inner Songes, Jens Fänge presents more than two dozen new paintings as part of greater mise-en-scene that transforms the gallery itself into a human-scale composition.

Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin
Image courtesy of Perrotin

Jens Fänge‘s three-dimensional paintings welcome the viewer into topsy-turvy dreamscapes in which recurring figures, faces and furniture appear to hover over sparse domestic interiors or abstract backgrounds. In addition to using small wooden and copper elements to build and populate multiple planes within each composition, Fänge pushes the limits of painterly dimensionality even further by extending his fictional realms beyond the typically hermetic picture plane and into real space.

Collapsing the boundaries between his artworks and their exhibition space, Fänge uses modified photographs of his framed compositions or snapshots of his own surroundings to create yet another pictorial layer.

Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin
Image courtesy of Perrotin

Characterized by heavily made-up eyes, thin arched brows and coiffed hair, the androgynous protagonists of many of Fänge‘s paintings recall certain portraits by German Expressionist painters like Otto Dix and Elfriede Lohse Wächtler. Certain objects and styles referenced in the paintings corroborate this vaguely 1920s/30s aesthetic.

Rather than painting a scene across a single flat plane, Fänge assembles his paintings out of disparate component parts. He paints each individual element-whether cut from a wooden board or trimmed from a thin sheet of copper-separately, often decorating his subjects with intricate patterns that belie their natural materiality. The artist then moves these painted forms around on top of various painted backgrounds until, to use his own words, “the scene resolves itself.”

Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin
Image courtesy of Perrotin

Fänge’s peculiar use of scale and perspective creates an overarching sense of instability and dream like fragility across his paintings. In many compositions characters that seem to occupy the same physical space appear either monstrously large or ridiculously small, leaving the viewer to wonder which sense of size is “correct” (and whether such an assessment is even useful.) Upside-down figures suggest falling or flying, but it is unclear whether it is Fänge’s subjects or the viewer who might suffer from vertigo.

Giving the impression that certain pictorial elements might slide right out of the composition, Fänge’s off-kilter perspectives evoke palpable sensations of disorientation in the viewer. Yet another way in which the artist’s fictive realms bleed beyond the picture plane and greet us in the real world.

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Jens Fänge. Inner Songes at Galerie Perrotin
Image courtesy of Perrotin

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