Jonathan Meese & Albert Oehlen

The Temptation Of The State Of The Blessed Ones In "Archland"

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Jonathan Meese & Albert Oehlen
The Temptation Of The State Of The Blessed Ones In "Archland"
2003

370 x 1,000cm
The canvas entitled The Temptation Of The State Of The Blessed Ones In "Archland" by Jonathan Meese is a large-scale triptych showing a crucifixion in its centre. The subject seems to be close to an apocalyptic scenario. Torn up and skinned bodies, sucking, parasitical creatures, violence and sexuality dominate the scene. This world is a slaughterhouse, a place of horror, cruelty and power. Only the strongest seem to survive in this horror vacui of chaos and although the rules are disgracefully destroyed there is a well organized form in this labyrinth of fabulous creatures and ghosts. They follow a certain kind of order, create their own state with strictly divided functions. Meese names the main creature which is nailed to the cross as god of his own state. This creature, partly abstract and partly carnal, is the energetic centre of the painting, the nutrient of this state. All figures are related to this centre, subtly involved with it, all is circling around this wounded and continuously pulsating core of this apparatus, the source of not only food for the mind. The cross being the place of this creature grows out of a trunk, a veined tree of life. The background shows a line of pinnacles, the cross is put in a defended castle as the centre of power. The power of this castle is protected by different creatures, guards, knights, which power and strength is fed by female sexuality. From this centre spreads out a multiracial state of mystical creatures, bend together by a spiritual order.

     
 


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