PRINCE & BROADWAY

UNIT A is giving residents and visitors a one time chance to view Marcus Jansen's oldest unseen works left in the collection, many experimental works early in his career dating back to 1997. UNIT A will show works from 1997 - 2002 in Museum Room II called "PRINCE & BROADWAY" in addition to Jansen's new 2013 works in Museum Room I with new sculptures by fellow artist Jonas Stirner.

Art Exhibition previously on at UNIT A - Contemporary Art Space in Florida, United States.
From Friday 02 August 2013 to Saturday 31 August 2013
Launch Friday 02 August 2013, 6-10pm

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Prince & Broadway exhibition is a selection of the remaining works of graffiti pencil sketches, paintings on cardboard and canvas works created by Marcus Jansen b. 1968, New York, NY between 1997 – 2003 at the early part of his professional career. Jansen attended the Berufskolleg fuer technik und Medien in Moenchengladbach Germany in 1985. It was there where learned the craft of working with enamel paints which has stayed his primary medium.

Most of the exhibited works are early works from his first series of publically released paintings consistent with the style he works in today, however at it’s early stages of development and perhaps less politically charged yet always with a heavy socially outspoken undertone. Jansen’s first paintings were created in Aachen Germany on cardboard where he lived with his past wife Michaela Jansen from 1997 – 2001 before moving to the United States permanently.

After his last residence in Aachen after his Military discharge from Vilseck in Bavaria where he was stationed with the 1st Infantry Division the same year, his attempt was to bridge an existing gap between European and American ideas of what contemporary painting was and in particular to investigate the definition of the word “urban expressionism” and how it had been used. A term used in art history and by law enforcement alike to describe two different aspects of art. One referring to the works like De Kooning and others and one to describe what many in the United States viewed as vandalism” in the streets of Inner Cities. Both were familiar to Jansen during his upbringing between Germany and New York. Jansen crossed the similarities and differences from both his environments, and produced his first gritty paintings that depicted a sophisticated yet raw urban feel or as Art Historian Jerome A. Donson stated: Reminiscent of the “Ash-Can School”.

Most works on cardboard were created at Begienen Strasse 18, in Aachen where Jansen lived and had a small 300sqft studio next door on the bottom floor where he painted and was noted by the Newspaper “Aachener Zeitung” in 1998, shortly after he returned from his last trip to NY where he was introduced to Graffiti Legend “WESTONE.” in 1982. The initial works on cardboard were created because they were significantly cheaper than buying canvas. These paintings were first shown at the Aula Carolina in Aachen in 1997 and later at the Dortmund Art Festival before being shipped to New York.

In 1999, Jansen leaves Germany and moves back to New York City where he shows works on the street corner of Prince Street & Broadway while working sixteen hour shifts on weekends as a bartender to make enough money to paint. That earned money would allow him to sell his works on the streets during the week and pay for his food and art supplies. Jansen was living with his Grandparents in the Bronx, from which he traveled daily with his heavy cardboard paintings on the Subway line to downtown Manhattan to set up between Prince Street with artist Carlos Ramsey. A commute that could take up to one hour depending on what day. Jansen would often spend his nights in Brooklyn with fellow artist Ramsey to avoid long commutes alone back uptown.

During the time in Downtown Manhattan, Jansen met numerous Hollywood actors and celebrities from Musicians artists to actors that walked by his corner. It was in 1999 where Jansen was approached by Hollywood actor John Ortiz in while admiring Jansen’s work. Ortiz at the time was filming his new movie with artist and Film Director Julian Schnabel only blocks away. He stated to Jansen that he had never seen works like these and that they depicted his neighborhood in a way he hadn’t seen before. Ortiz bought Jansen’s first work called “Harlem Deli” for $350 in 1999.