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Jon Burgerman | The Lossy Botany Lab


Jul 1 - Aug 6, 2010

Opening: THU Jul 1, 8 - 11 pm

Artist website: jonburgerman.com

heliumcowboy artspace is looking forward to welcome Jon Burgerman back in town. “The Lossy Botany Lab” is the second solo exhibition of the young british artist in Hamburg that brings together a whole series of new works including soft sculp-tures, paintings, drawings as well as a botanical installation on site.

Jon Burgerman (*1979 in Birmingham, UK)  has built a strong reputation through his recognisable and colourful artworks of swooping, intertwining lines and hyper-emotional characters. In his mindful doodles and drawings, he tirelessly captures the images he is surrounded by. There is no distinction between figurative and abstract in them. Instead, he allows his lines to dance between those categories, softening the boundaries between the inside and the oustide, and also between high and low art.

Besides his work as an artist, he is also an illustrator and designs products and collectibles that are in high demand. Nothing is safe from his pen.

Not even the audience. The forthcoming exhibition will also be an extension of the “Lossy Data Lab“ presented by the artist at Scope Art Fair New York in 2009. This performance and installation – inspired by dada and fluxus – included the visitors of the fair. A special art laboratory was set up in order to research lossy data through questionnaires, word association games, psychological profiling, and spacial awareness tests. Based on the results of the various tests that involved guinea pigs (the visitors) artworks were created during the fair and following on.

This June, Jon Burgerman will travel to Hamburg and set up his lab anew. Again, he will explore the boundaries of art and scientific research in a neo-dadaistic manner:

The Lossy Data Lab has had to relocate and move it's research into botany after a lot of the data from NYC seemed in conclusive and corrupted. The lab also ran out of money. It felt studying plant life, observing new species and creating its own hybrid forms would be a better use of its merge resources. Also, through pure chance and accident the lab has discovered some of the plants it's cultivating have special medicinal properties. We'd like to state that the lab is in no way going to purely focus it's energies growing and selling such specimens to the down trodden and hedonistic thrill seekers of society.

– Well, not for too long anyway.“  (Jon Burgerman)

Jon Burgerman currently lives and works in Nottingham and in New York. He has exhibited internationally since 2001 and has shown work along side contemporary artists such as Banksy, Damien Hirst, Vivienne Westwood and Gerald Scarfe. His work is collected worldwide and is in the permanent collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Science Museum in London.

He gives lectures, public performances and signings, and has recently (late 2009) embarked on a pop music project as the band Anxieteam (with artist Jim Avignon), who have played a series of gigs in New York, Germany, Italy and Brazil.

In 2008 he was invited to appear as a guest on the popular BBC TV show Blue Peter, making a special piece of work live on air to celebrate the shows 50th anniversary. He has received two D&AD Silver award nominations and has collaborated with major global brands for bringing his art on their products. He designed a special sick bag for Virgin Atlantic flights. In 2009 burger was setup to further explore brand collaborations and to manufacture a Jon Burgerman product range. burger products are available worldwide and online. 

The artist will be attending the opening reception and also be available for interviews during a press-preview at the gallery on Wednesday, June 30th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interviews will be held in English. Please register by phone +49 –40 – 484 088 60 or by email to Isabel Abele i@heliumcowboy.com

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