Six questions for
Janosch Jauch

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Janosch Jauch.

Artist Janosch Jauch
Lives in Dusseldorf, Germany

How do you describe your own art practice?

The characteristic trait for my work is the parallel processes of its creation. Sketches, installations, drawings, and surfaces finally merge within the photographic exposure on the canvas. I try to look at a work irrespective of its categories like painting, photography, drawing, model, copy, enactment, etc. The pictures are created by the discourse of its parts.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

What I ́m interested in is the idea of a picture beyond its subordination of different classifications. I work on processes of descriptions of pictures as a visualized gathering of the different languages of their media and categories. The picture should contain traces and signs of its kind and origin as well as show its functioning. The instruments of production are an equal part of the final work, found and artificial scenes become readable visual representations of its origins, contents, and relations. Different kinds of representational processes are alternate systems of a pictorial expression, or, I make images about images using images.

What was your first experience with art?

I used to draw a lot as a child, especially in the company of my grandfather, who was a printmaker back then and a painter until today.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Art, Reading, going out, being in the studio. I can find inspiration in a lot of things. One work can be inspired by the back window of a Korean Restaurant, the next refers to a short story by Ballard.

What do you need in order to create your work?

When I work in the studio there’s a wide range of materials and stuff I use. I collect parts of plants, bulbs, build small models, draw, paint, work in the darkroom. But if I had to break it down, I need a pen and a Camera. I collect ideas through images.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

It’s hard to say since there are usually quite some at the same time, but the ones I looked more closely at recently are some works by Saul Leiter, the latest exhibition by Thea Djordjadze at the Gropius Bau in Berlin, a text by Francois Laruelle about Non-Photographie, and the works of Win McCarthy.

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