Jesper Just, The Lonely Villa, 2004,Super 16 mm transferred to video, Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds, Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.

Sweet Emotion and Romantic Delusion, the Films of Jesper Just

Jesper Just, Bliss & Heaven, 2004, Super 16mm transferred to DVD, Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds, Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.

Jesper Just, Bliss & Heaven, 2004, Super 16mm transferred to DVD, Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds, Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.

 

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
718-638-5000
Brooklyn
Blum Gallery
Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions
September 19, 2007-January 4, 2009

A new film by critically acclaimed Danish artist Jesper Just will have its United States premiere in his first solo exhibition at a New York museum. Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions also includes three of his widely praised earlier films: Bliss and Heaven (2004, 8:10 min), The Lonely Villa (2004, 4:30 min), and No Man Is an Island (2002, 4 min).

Jesper Just's films explore the complexities and contradictions of human emotion. Using overlapping cinematic, musical, and literary references, his films adapt popular songs to communicate the vulnerability and insecurity in personal relationships. Since 2002, Just has explored the nature of affection and emotional release, often through role reversals and the shifting of power between two male leads. In many of his films, his two protagonists express a yearning and restrained passion for each other that unfold into an emotional performance of song and dance. These short films, appropriate Hollywood's polished production values but then diverge from the usual narrative story arc in favor of creating a film noir-like atmosphere rather than a conventional plotline. Recent works continue to develop his moody and intimate environments, but with a new focus on female protagonists. His films comment on gender politics and the possibility of relationships across a generational divide, but more important, they present a broader, existential search for identity.

Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions marks the first time an all-film exhibition will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum. On view in the Blum Gallery, three films will be projected on walls and one film will be shown on a monitor. Just's new work, Romantic Delusions, currently in production in Romania, was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial 08 International; U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art; and Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen; the Danish Arts Council; and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris.

Jesper Just was born in Copenhagen in 1974 and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. He currently lives in New York and Copenhagen. His work has been shown extensively worldwide, in both galleries and museums, from the Hammer in Los Angeles to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His work is in the collections of institutions such as the Tate in London, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions is organized by Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator, Photography, Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Amsellem is also co-curator, with Eugenie Tsai, of a new long-term installation dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, with an emphasis on recent acquisitions, which will open concurrently with the Jesper Just exhibition.

Jesper Just, The Lonely Villa, 2004,Super 16 mm transferred to video, Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds, Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.

Jesper Just, No Man Is An Island, 2002, DV CAM, Duration: 4 minutes, Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.