Jårg Geismar (born 19 January 1958 in Burgsvik, Gotland, Sweden) is a German artist. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Jårg Geismar studied from 1979 to 1980 at the Justus-Liebig Universität in Giessen and at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He was interested in the topics of animation, drawing, psychology and sociology. From 1980 to 1986 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf at Fritz Schwegler and Irmin Kamp. In the following years 1986 to 1988 he studied at the New School of Social Research and at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. His teachers were, inter alia, Richard van Buren and Ronald Bladen. His main areas in New York were fine arts, art history and architecture with the conclusion MFA (Master of Fine Arts).
As early as 1985 he founded A.T.W. - Around the world (30) - a global forum for interdisciplinary exchange. Since then he has worked internationally on numerous projects and symposia together with authors, scientists, artists, dancers and musicians. Since 1995 he has been a lecturer and visiting professor at various colleges and art schools in Europe, Asia and the United States.
The work of Jårg Geismar reaches out from the painting, on installations, video art and collaborative projects with artists from different sectors. For him, all materials and objects are used to turn them into art.
"There is a very down to-earth, do-it-yourself aesthetics at play in the works of Geismar, an elegant performance refreshing in a world dominated by the values of money, bling and all of the materialistic accoutrements of our time. These works could be so fleeting that nothing more than a strong gust of wind could completely dispere with an institution's worth of art. The effords of Geismar are very much of the ilk inherent in the sentiment of Jasper Johns: to take an object, do something else. The context of Geismar's efforts are less to be seen in galleries than in public spaces, as this is a very open and generous art form, to be embraced from the mind and heart instead from the wallet alone." Kenny Schachter in "The Red Line".. (1a)
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