Plein Air – Matthias Jackisch with Felix Ziem

14 September – 13 October 1995

Plein Air launches Beaconsfield’s new collaborative space at 22 Newport Street – with internationally renowned performance artist Matthias Jackisch from Dresden, Germany and French nineteenth century painter Felix Ziem, curated by Beaconsfield.

Jackisch installs himself for the duration of four weeks in an environment incorporating a single work by Ziem. The month long inhabitation of the gallery is accompanied and informed by research undertaken by Jackisch in the local vicinity of Vauxhall.

The commission draws upon tensions and relationships between the contemporaneous and the historical and examines conventions surrounding the artistic process and its preservation.