The exhibition title making things makes us human refers to man’s constant development of the tools and structures, which we surround ourselves with. The constant quest to make things better, and to develop and refine our concrete and visual language.
Jay Gard construct works whose visual language combine aesthetics and rationality. His expression is dominated by strict geometrical shapes. Here are no coincidences, rather a calculated and conceptualized expression. Industrial materials such as wood, steel and plywood are basic elements of the works, whose surfaces are painted in industrial colours or carries traces of calculations of angles and dimensions.
His works relate to our communication saturated contemporary society. Their clear design become an iconography of the signs and graphic expressions, that we are bombarded with every day. In a split second, we need to intercept a visual message while we are racing on. The concept must therefore be clear and precise for it to settle in us. With the exhibition making things makes us human the communication becomes a sense of clarity and beauty through the concrete and the rational.
The works refer to Constructivism, with pioneers like Aleksandr Rodtjenko, Bauhaus and De Stijl. Here the geometric shapes were used to prioritize the rational and objective. The movement sought to combine art, architecture and design.
Gard's works represent the junction between the rational and the beautiful. In spite of the industrial materials used, a beautiful coherence arises from the juxtaposition of the materials. A symmetry and visual balance is created despite, the coarse materials.
Jay Gard (f. 1984 i Halle) lives and works in Berlin. He is a graduate from Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst i Leipzig, 2011 and Hochschule für Kunst und Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, 2006. Jay Gard has solo exhibited at Museum Günzenhauser (DE), Jonas Mekas Visual Art Center (LT), KanyaKage (DE), Half Gallery (US), Sexauer (DE), Gether Contemporary (DK), Galerie Oelfrüh Cabinet (DE) among other, and he has participated in group exhibitions at Kunstverein Montez (DE), Bauhaus Museum (DE), Alexander Ochs (DE), BW Foundation Herbert Quand (DE), JG Gallery (UK), Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer (A), Axel Obiger Galerie (DE), Schau Fenster (DE). Recent publications include the artist monograph "Jay Gard: Form und Farbe” and "Zeichen unter Zeichen". The works of Jay Gard can be experienced at Bauhaus Museum and is acquired by Ny Carlsberg Fondet.