ROBERT JANITZ SALEROOM

One could describe the work of Robert Janitz as a study of the genealogy of labour. The artist applies paint as a worker would slather a tile with grout. Faced with such constraints, the bored worker may begin to articulate her trowel strokes while still covering the tile’s surface. As generations pass, the gene tires of coding simple protein structures in favour of ornate skeletons. The spreading of paint often takes on a bonelike form — an illustration, perhaps, of the ideal form that the gene pursues.

Much of Janitz’ newest work concerns what is lost in the creative process. Janitz cites Goethe’s close study of the Abhigyanshakuntalam by the Sanskrit poet Kalidas as a driving influence of the new paintings. Goethe could not read Sanskrit, and his devotion to Kalidas’ work depended entirely on translations of the arcane ancient language. Undoubtedly much of the original nuance of the work was lost as it entered the continental discourse, which only enhances its enigmatic qualities. Much too is lost in the making of Janitz’ paintings — the artist describes traveling forward and backward in time as he removes sections of the wet paint with a rubber spatula. Thus, the painting — as a document — is written, translated, and recoded.

Robert Janitz was born 1962 in Alsfeld, Germany. He lives and works in Brookyln, NY, USA.
ROBERT JANITZ - Among the Peonies, 2019
ROBERT JANITZ - Among the Peonies, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - Casual Painting, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - Manners Of An Enthusiast, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - New York Cipher 2, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - Double Feature, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - Global Economy, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - The Nadir of Nihilism, 2019
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ROBERT JANITZ - Mount Fuji, 2021
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ROBERT JANITZ - Plates, 2020
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KÖNIG Issue 8
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ROBERT JANITZ - Archivo Subjuntivo, 2021
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ROBERT JANITZ - Die Ballade vom Broadway, 2021
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ROBERT JANITZ - Ex Libris
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ROBERT JANITZ - Made in New York
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