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Jonathan Meese, BUBBEL DE BABE, PULL PULLI-PULL-PULLSNS’ VOLLE PULLE, 2014–15, oil and acrylic on canvas, 6' 11“ × 13' 10”.

Jonathan Meese

Tim Van Laere Gallery

Jonathan Meese, BUBBEL DE BABE, PULL PULLI-PULL-PULLSNS’ VOLLE PULLE, 2014–15, oil and acrylic on canvas, 6' 11“ × 13' 10”.

Jonathan Meese is nothing if not hyper-energetic. For his most recent exhibition, the German artist covered nearly all the available wall space with no fewer than twenty paintings, thirty-three drawings, and a thirteen-page manifesto on what art is, what it isn’t, and what it should be. What’s more, almost everything in “Spitzenmeesige Women (Schniddeldiddelson)”—the nonsense title of this exhibition, like those of many of the individual works, is untranslatable despite incorporating recognizable bits of German and English—was produced this year. This overwhelming assemblage resembled, or can be best described as, an explosion, a figurative variation on action painting. Often, the paint looks as if it was kneaded with the artist’s hands into the canvas. This method, in combination with a vivacious and broad spectrum of colors, allowed the paintings to convey the energy

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