“Large and in Charge” Contemporary Master Jonathan Meese
There is a high degree of pedestrian compliance in Germany. I witnessed this one evening walking home from a biergarten at 2 a.m. A pile of students seemed to be loitering at a cross walk; but, actually, they were obediently waiting for the light to change. I thought this funny at the time. Where I come from, if there isn’t a car coming, we tend to view the traffic signal as a suggestion, not a rule – especially at that hour.
What I chalked up to a remnant of WWII era discipline was a little stereotypical. It turns out that 70% of German highways have no speed limit. The country is also ranked #1 in the world for beer consumption with the average citizen drinking 145 liters of beer per year. Now, that’s a cultural combo!
German artist Jonathan Meese makes his own rules. His work is best viewed where one can grasp its scale which is large and very in charge.
Current exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art Miami
Gallery representation, Leo Koenig