Jårg Geismar is a German contemporary artist. He was in Burgsvik, Gotland, Sweden. He studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and New York. After he lived and worked a longer time in New York and Tokyo he is back to Düsseldorf for some time.
Jårg Geismar has participated in many international art projects. At the same time he was lecturer and visiting professor at numerous art academies in Europe, Asia and North America. He has received numerous awards and scholarships,e.g. DAAD-Scholarship for New York, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, Atelier d'Artistes, Marseille, IASPIS Stockholm, German Art Fund Bonn and the Foundation of art and culture of Northrhine-Westfalia.
Jårg Geismar has exhibited in numerous wellknown museums worldwide, e.g. PS1, Contemporary Art Center, New York, Museum of contemporary art, Rio de Janeiro, National Art Museum of Tokyo, National Museum of Kyoto, Museum of contemporary Kumamoto, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum for Art, Sagacho Exhibition Space Tokyo, MAC - Musée d'art contemporain de Marseille, CNAC at Grenoble (F)), Foundation Joan Miró, Barcelona etc. Not to forgotten are exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, at Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, at Art Association Cologne as well as at the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republik of Germany, Bonn.
His works use the everyday objects of life, the leftover remains of a consumer society that gets rid of the superflous materials. Out of them he creates something completely new. He breathes them a new soul, he developes a new sensuality. His works arenot narrative, non-imaging showing and also want to show anything real. He is concerned with the essence of the essential, the unveneered view to an aspect or an object. He makes the transience of the monent visible and tangible.
Kenny Schachter wrote in an essay about his works: " The efforts of Geismar are very much of the like inherent in the sentiments of Jasper Johns to take an object to do something to it, to do something else to it and then do something else"
The monography of Jårg Geismar with texts by Kenny Schachter is published and available by: Hatje Cantz.
Jårg Geismar and Niclas Östwind realized a perfornance in Venice 2015 with the "Walking and Talking" on the following places:
Below an early interview from 1998 between the Swedish art historian Daniel Biernbaum and Jårg Geismar.