UNIT A opened its doors on Thursday, February 6, for an A-list private reception. A host of special guests were treated to the first glimpse of Marcus Jansen's newest work before it leaves for shows, exhibitions and collectors' homes in destinations around the globe.
Jansen displayed a number of large-scale museum-size canvases as well as four new additions to his Anonymous seires of portraits to a full house of visitors, most of whom stayed well beyond closing time. Collectively, the new paintings evince the continued growth and development of Jansen's work.
"It's sparser, more minimalist," observes Jansen's artist advisor, Terry Tincher. "More poetic and direct, his new work represents a huge step forward. Marcus knows his voice, his style. He is an artist who has important things to say and knows how to say them without being overbearing."
Although Jansen has been associated with an art movement known as modern urban expressionism for the last 15 years, there is a pervasive element of surrealism in everything he does. Whether it's mankind's destruction of the environment, government surveillance or genetically-modified animals, socially and politically-charged messages abound in Jansen's post-apocalyptic and distopian landscapes. Most of these were addressed in Jansen's works as early as 2007, and they resonate with viewers, regardless of whether they characterize themselves as liberals, conservatives or moderates. And because the New York-born but German-educated artist possesses a well-defined world view and sensibility, his works appeal equally to U.S. and foreign audiences.
Last year, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson acknowledged Jansen's contributions to the local art scene and economy with "Key to the City" during an ABSOLUT JANSEN signing event after his commission from the ABSOLUT VODKA company, and more recently, Jansen was given the "Face Award" by Gulf Business Magazine and D'Latinos Magazine, which will host its annual ceremony on February 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bonita.
Those not fortunate enough to have attended either the VIP event on Thursday or Friday's Art Walk open house may have missed their chance to see this group of new Jansen works.
"We already have several works sold and others pending sale." notes Jansen. "The rest will be shipped to shows in the next couple of weeks."
For more information or to arrange a private showing of Jansen's newest work, please contact Jansen's artist representative Terry Tincher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-340-6467. UNIT A Contemporary Art Space is located at 1922 Evans Street in downtown Fort Myers.