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"Jeffrey Teuton: Dracula, a Snake, and Narcissus Walk Into a Bar…"
2007-05-24 until 2007-07-07
We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Jeffrey Teuton in Berlin Dracula, a Snake, and Narcissus Walk Into a Bar… from May 24th – July 7th 2007. The OPENing will be held on May 24th 2007 and the artists will be present. Dracula, the Snake and Narcissus, are "creatures" which can be found in the works of Jeffrey Teuton. These creatures represent people and forces that have crossed his path and orbited around him over time. More frequently these beings have been coming in to the artists "bar" and have been competing for face time. One needs to understand that Jeffrey is not playing the sheep here. He has spent his share of time dressed up as the characters one can see at the party and can also be found in his glamour trash - f^(k off images.
These situations accompanied with character traits consist of; the one who takes and takes but wont let go, the one who just devours whole, and the one so in love with himself – all these three self chosen behaviours can be found in the recent and past paintings, of the questioning artist. These beings represent the masks used for ammunition in society. For Jeffrey they have been running and fighting and finally come to a point where critical mass has been reached. It was only in this extreme battle royal bar brawl with no winner, that a champion could emerge from the bodies of the dead. The importance for Jeffrey is that what is created knows from who he has sprung and acknowledges those parts from time to time. The artist himself describes his work as being: a part of destruction, a bit creation, but comes with knowing and accepting there will always be a little snake slithering around when things can get a bit draculated.
The notebooks and Polaroids are the visual and textual diaries of Jeffrey Teuton, through which his personalities and casualties are exposed. These pieces cover the rollercoaster experience of the past ten years from New York to LA and beyond. The paintings bring the viewer to the finale performance as all three characters walk into that bar and finally let go.
Jeffrey Teuton: “…….. Like falling into a hole wearing a nice Gucci outfit and trying to claw your way out holding a glass of champagne.” – this is the context of his works!!!
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