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SELECTED WORKS BY John Kleckner

Untitled (Dead Bird)
John Kleckner
Untitled (Dead Bird)

2005

ink, watercolor, graphite on paper

15.9 x 22.9cm
John Kleckner’s ink drawings have something of the quality, in both form and content, of 1970s progressive rock album covers. Wild-haired men, like the forgotten drummers of once loved bands, their beards tousled into meticulous strands, suffer psychedelic indignities: decaptitated, noseless, they seem to stand for a kind of besieged heroism, subject to graphic assault but still dreamyeyed and maybe stoned. In Untitled (Faces), two floating heads (male and female) bob across the space like jellyfish, their hair entwined and entangled irredeemably.
Untitled (Faces)
John Kleckner
Untitled (Faces)

2006

ink on paper

16.5 x 10.5 cm
Kleckner’s descriptive line – both realistic and excessively so, with a focus on textures of hair, fur and grass – gives the image its air of amplified realism, which tips over into the graphic arabesques of Art Nouveau. These are characters disappearing into pattern. In another, untitled work, a decomposing human face deems either vomiting or being invaded by a sea of swirling textures: leaf-like, lava-like. The matter of the world itself, with all its complex internal patterns, seems bent on dissolution and decay; nature is an unbridled thing, teeming with destructive beauty, as in the clambering insects dismembering the title animal in Untitled (Dead Bird).
Untitled (Herucles)
John Kleckner
Untitled (Herucles)

2006

ink, watercolor, graphite on paper

222 x 131cm
In Kleckner’s work, humanity is a clumsy beast at odds with its surroundings. Untitled (Hercules) depicts the mythical hero as dumb nude, excessively muscled and void of expression, his Michelangelesque hand tweaking his tiny genitals as though checking they’re still there. Though rippling with strength, he seems softened and emasculated, aimlessly striding through a no-man’s land towards his certain doom.
Untitled
John Kleckner
Untitled

2006

ink on paper

6 x 7.5 cm
Text by Ben Street

John Kleckner's BIOGRAPHY

John Kleckner
Born in 1978, Iowa
Lives and works in Berlin



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Lesser-known Surrealist Drawings, Fruit and Flower Deli Gallery, Stockholm, SE

2011
Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, Italy
Those Ghosts (with Patrick Tuttofuoco) at Peres Projects, Mitte Berlin
A Ear In A Pond, A Tooth In The Wall, A Knife In The Socket, Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge, Athens, Greece

2009
The Master Cleanser, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
The 40 Seasons, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

2006
John Kleckner, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
John Kleckner, Peres Projects, Berlin


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Sticks and Stones, Peres Projects Mitte, Berlin
Köpfe & Helme: John Kleckner and Eva Maria Salvador, Ninety Five, Berlin, DE
John Kleckner and Riley Payne, Tristian Koening Gallery, Melbourne
John Kleckner and Riley Payne, Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne
a painting show, curated by Aaron Moulton, Autocenter, Berlin
Laced, Ninety Five, Berlin
BigMinis, CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux
New American Values, curated by Daniel Kingery, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin

2010
Vivere Country, Curated by Nonna Bruna, Grimmuseum, Berlin
Thrice Upon A Time, Magasin 3, Stockholm
Premio Lissone 2010, Lissone
Home and Origin, Bukowskis, Stockholm
Step Toward Home, EAST/WEST, Berlin
Cover Up, Tape Modern, Berlin
Videodrome, curated by Aaron Moulton, Autocenter, Berlin
Available Works at HBC, HBC, Berlin
Get Behind Me Satan and Push, curated by Margherita Belaief, Berlin
Waking The Dead, Autocenter, Berlin

2009
Minneapolis, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Rock Opera, CAPC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux
Deleted Scenes, Feinkost, Berlin

2008
Nevertheless, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Legende, Domaine departemental Chamarande, Chamarande, France,
Auslaender in Berlin, curated by Margherita Belaief, CITRIC Gallery, Brescia, Italy
I Will Never Lie To My Mother Again, Mogadishniaar Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
The End Was Yesterday, Kunstraum Innsbruck + Galerie, Austria
The End Was Yesterday, Autocenter Autocenter + Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany

2007
Destroy Athens, the First Athens Biennial
Gravity's Rainbow, Peres Projects Athens
The Four Horsemen / The RAND Corporation, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin,
Palisadenparenchym, Danese, New York, NY
Ginnungagap / Pavilion of Belief, curated by Tjorg Douglas Beer, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Venice, Italy
RAW, Among the Ruins Marres, Center for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Netherlands

2006
Panic Room, works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
LAXed, Peres Projects, Berlin

2005
The Zine UnBound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
Gods & Monsters, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
A Fantasy, curated by Malik Gaines, ARENA 1 GALLERY, Santa Monica
Werewolf Express, curated by Trinie Dalton, in Exploding Zines, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

2004
Sign of the Covenant, John Connelly Presents, New York
Pencil Me In, Geoffrey Young Gallery, MA
The Garden Lab Experiment, Art Center College, Pasadena,
Pickup Lines, Geoffrey Young Gallery, MA
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York

2003
RETREAT, Peres Projects, Los Angeles