Jansson Stegner’s canvases contrive a humorous blend of romanticised beauty and pop culture dumbness. In paintings such as Sarabande and Grey Sky, Stegner adopts the pastoral hues and elegant compositions of historical painting to portray images of contemporary longing. Borrowing from the vernacular of TV heroicism, Stegner’s paintings of cops transpose the glamorised bravado, violence, and machoism of programmes such as COPS into a quirky fetishism, as his nubile girl-as-boy police officers languish in idyllic settings, rendered like cherubic pin-ups for sensual indulgence.
Through his use of cartoon-ish exaggeration, Stegner’s figures become both surreal and idealised: all gangly limbs and gesticular expressions their vulnerability is countered by their moral ambivalence. Throughout Stegner’s paintings is a sense of punk-ish aggression, where the authority is questioned, subverted, and manipulated both through his subject matter and ‘slack’ style of painting, which contrive a taboo intimacy from generic emblems of power.
2005 Dig Me No Grave Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2013 The Male Nude, Sorry Weâ€™re Closed at ART BRUSSELS, Belgium
En Plein Air, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Breed, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Bending the Mirror, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
2008 Special Opening, Sorry Weâ€™re Closed, Brussels, Belgium
2007 07/08, Bellwether, New York, NY
2006 Escape from New York, Curators Without Borders, Berlin, Germany
2005 Idols of Perversity, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY
New Figuration Show, Galerie Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Parable Show, Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery, Munich, Germany
Entourage, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY