kuk

cologne 

JON SHELTON

WORKS II BIOGRAPHY II REVIEWS 

Dick Armey, drawing, Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Dick Armey, drawing, detail, Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011

Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Gunslingers, Hoodwinkers and Teabaggers, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2011, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Freedom in America, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17 cm, 2010-15, © Kurt Steinhausen

Creative Healthcare Solutions, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17cm, 2010-15

Freedom of the press, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17 cm, 2010-15

Get Organized, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17 cm, 2010-15

Motor City, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17 cm, 2010-15

We love to see you smile, graphite and polychrome on paper, 19 x 17 cm, 2010-15

We call it ibomb, graphite on paper, 2008

Margin Milieu, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 2008/9

Margin Milieu, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 2008/9

Margin Milieu, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 2008/9

Mixed Inivitational, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2015, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Visitors, ink on cloth, 97 x 252 cm, 2015

Semi-Submersible Ultra- Deep Water Drilling Platform, ink and oil on cloth, 350 x 90 cm, 2015, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Capitalism without borders, wood, gold, paint, ca. 4 x 28 cm, 2008, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Mixed Inivitational, exhibition view, krupic kersting, Cologne, 2015, © Kurt Steinhausen 

Newspaper, installation view, Cologne 2005

Godzilla vs. The Dragon of Chunxiao, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2013

Pool Party at Shaybah, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2013

Rifle (Now You See'em), oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2013

Splash (Now You Don’t), oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2013

Oscigen Bugmaker™, graphite and polychrome on paper, 13 x 9 cm, 2007

Oscigen Bugmaker™, graphite and polychrome on paper, 13 x 9 cm, 2007

Oscigen Bugmaker™, graphite and polychrome on paper, 13 x 9 cm, 2007



Detroit born artist Jon Shelton has been living in Germany for many years now. Nonetheless, the role of the United States on the international political stage remains an important point of departure for much of his artistic activity. Political machinations hidden from the public eye, and banished from the official canons of US history, are a central preoccupation for the artist. Thematically, he uses a variety of artistic approaches to investigate strategies for maintaining power through military means, political and financial networks, and media manipulation.

In his work, Shelton makes use of different types of thematic and formal abstraction. Real conflicts are at times represented in caricatured national ciphers and distilled into barbed cliches; at others, real motifs begin to dissolve, step by step, into abstract painting. The use of early Renaissance glazing techniques also provides an unexpected vantage point from which to look at today's digital pictorial worlds, and into the chasm between virtual perception and reality. The transfer and collage of touchstones from a collective history into an atypical medium or an unusual context provokes shifts in perception, often legible as humorous, critical commentary. *

* Anabel Charlotte Runge, M.A.


BIOGRAPHY Jon Shelton


Born 1968 in Detroit, USA

Lives in Cologne and Detroit

              

EDUCATION

    

B.A. in Fine art & US history at Albion College, Michigan, USA / MFA in printmaking at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; USA 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015    Schau 2, Kunsthaus: Kollitsch, Klagenfurt, Austria

2015    Kunstverein Sundern, Sundern, Germany 

2015    Mixed Invitational, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne

2014    Studio works, studio tour at the occasion of ART COLOGNE, Cologne, Germany

             Books, Roygallery, Zülpich, Germany

2013    Exciting New Investment Opportunities in Oil, krupic kersting galerie, Cologne, Germany

2012    Nuits blanches, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2011    Gunslingers, hoodwinkers and tea baggers, krupic kersting galerie, Cologne, Germany

2010    Current drawing, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York; USA

2009    reDiscover, Galerie Slowboy. Düsseldorf, Germany

2008    Margin Milieu, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

2007    Projektraum, Cicognani Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2006    Passagen, International design in Cologne, Cologne, Germany

2005    OESPG [TFO], Chelsea Kunstraum 2  [ckr2], Cologne, Germany

2003    Topoi of nature, Galerie Völcker & Freunde, Berlin, Germany

2002    Special projects and other things, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf; Germany

2000    Black box, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin; Germany

 

RESIDENCIES


2005    
Hotel Chelsea artist in residence program. Cologne, Germany 

2003    Art grant of the Land NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany


PUBLICATIONS

 

2012    Artforum International, Noemi Smolik on „Gunsliongers“,Issue February/ March 2012

2008    Margin milieu / Daytime Lobbyists [mit Gerrit Göllner].750cid, Köln/ Detroit

1998    Oscitant / Osculent. Edition Howeg, Zürich.

1994    Nitrous oxide / Espresso machines. Walther König Verlag, Köln.

        

COLLECTIONS

 

2013    Private collections in Germany, Switzerland, France and USA - amongst other Collection Prof. Dr. Schröder

2009    Museum Ludwig / „Grafiksammlung“, Cologne

2009    “Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek” of the city of Cologne

1999    „Deutsche Nationalbibliothek“, Leipzig

1998    „Zürcher Stadtbibliothek”, Zürich

„Schweizer Landesbibliothek”, Bern