Smooth Operator
by Thilo Jenssen

Available at Collectors Agenda

  • Date: 2019
  • Type: Multiple
  • Medium: Photographic print
  • Edition size: Series of 10 unique pieces + 3 AP
  • Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: €800.00

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Materials: UV-print on aluminium on perforated metal frame construction optional spatial mounting devices are available on request and at a surcharge.       Thilo Jenssen's edition Smooth Operator is derived from the series Stabile Zustände, a compilation of various illustrations of the “stable side position”, a recovery position, and is based on a medical handbook from 1975, from which he fragmentarily extracts images of first-aid measures and creates intimate and sometimes grotesque moments through their selective cropping. The original didactic purpose of these illustrations is thus overwritten by Jenssen, thereby representing a new coding of the acquired signs. The metal plate printed on, using the UV printing process, is additionally pierced in certain places, emphasizing its materiality and at the same time evoking associations with markings or acupuncture. The title Smooth Operator is borrowed from the song by Sade of the same name, from 1984, and refers to the performing actor, who can only be seen peripherally in the illustrations and apparently interferes with the picture from the “outside”. A square-tube construction with pre-drilled holes as a frame allows for a wide variety of installation configurations in the room – hanging from the ceiling, protruding from the wall at a ninety-degree angle – similar to a shop sign, or mounted flat on the wall. In its physicality – both spatially and content-wise – Smooth Operator coincides with other approaches in Jenssen'sartistic system and explores the ambivalent relationship between support and restriction, control and support.

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