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ABOUT

Artist and curator Jonny Star (b. Düsseldorf, 1964) lives and works in Berlin and New York. Star’s work blends a variety of materials and media such as bronze, fabrics, photography, painting, and elements of installation art. Her ensembles explore biographical experiences, sexuality, gender roles, and identity and how it is perceived by society. Her work is shown internationally since 1996. In 2016, the artist's first monograph entitled "See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me" was published by Distanz Berlin. Star initiated art projects in Berlin like SchauRaum Berlin (1996-1998), JONNY´S (2007-2009), SWEET HOME (2011 - 2012) and SUPERUSCHI (2013 – 2016). Her current curatorial activities take place under her artist name.

 

“Jonny Star’s art is physical, spatial and corporeal. Her works are entirely present in the space – they occupy it, make one aware of it, define it and open it all at once. She is not out to develop a style that criticizes or comments on this or that – her work is about her love of being alive, of life, which does not distinguish between ‘high’ and ‘low’, ‘we’ and ‘you’, or ‘us’ und ‘them’. And even if the sheer heterogeneity of her works might appear to suggest that they are somehow contradictory, they are in fact all pursuing the same aim – of being objects within a community of human beings and having an impact in their own individual contexts.”

“Her artistic concept is to turn everything into art – things, situations and actions alike – in the same way that sculptors use their hands to form a work of art from some kind of ‘material’. The term ‘sculptor’ seems perfectly appropriate here in connection with Jonny Star’s cast objects. However, it seems a little more far-fetched with regard to the collages and wall hangings. The affinity of the fabric wall hangings to ‘female’ craft skills and (motivically) to politically correct ‘gender art’ and its focus on identity is hard to reconcile with the expressivity and intuition of the bronzes. But both constitute the same artistic, quasi-sculptural, ‘plastic’ praxis. Jonny Star is a builder – only in her case she creates something entirely new from the items she accumulates.”

(Both quotes taken from Eva Meyer-Hermann, "Art as Foodstuff in Jonny Star, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me, Distanz, 2016)

 

CV                                                                                                                        

Jonny Star                                              
*1964 in Düsseldorf, Germany
lives and works in Berlin, Germany

 

SOLO SHOWS

2017    The Circle Room - Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin (Germany)
            The Undone Ritual - 266 chashama, New York City (USA)
            Fire -  Botschaft in den Uferhallen, Berlin (Germany)
2016    See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me - Kosmetiksalon Bar Babette, Berlin (Germany)
2015    MY WAY - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
2014    INTERGALAKTISCH - ROMPONE artspace, Cologne (Germany)
2013    JETZT KOMM ICH - SALOON SU DE COUCOU, Berlin (Germany)
2012    Good For You - Klötze und Schinken, Berlin (Germany)
            Venice nexte stope - THE SURPRISE, Massat (France)
2011    Jonny is back - SWEET HOME, Berlin (Germany)
2010    My Flowerself - Galerie Crystal Ball, Berlin (Germany)
            JETZT KOMM ICH - Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie, Berlin (Germany)
2009    wachen sein tot - JONNY´S, Berlin (Germany)
2006    lang lang, Galeria Abraço, Lissabon (Portugal)
2004    suchen eine reise - Galeria Porca Preta, Monchique (Portugal)
2002    alle zusammen - Pasteur im Milchhof, Berlin (Germany)
2001    alle zusammen - Centro Cultural Vila do Bispo, Vila do Bispo (Portual)
2000    werde fliegen - Gallery Foro, Loulé (Portugal)
1999    and suddenly - schrotter&engel, Berlin (Germany)
1998    Pornopüppchen - Begine, Berlin (Germany)
1996    Weltstadt Berlin - schrotter&engel, Berlin (Germany)

 

GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION)

2018    NGORONGORO II, Artistweekend Berlin invited by Christian Achenbach, Jonas Burgert, Zhivago Duncan, Andrej Golder, John Isaacs, Andreas Mühe, David Nicholson
            Stolen Images curated by Ann Schomburg, Meinblau Berlin
            Ein Turm von Unmöglichkeiten (Salon Hansa) curated by Hansa Wißkirchen, im Glockenturm der Galerie Konig / St. Agnes
2017    Female Ejaculation curated by Jonny Star - Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin (Germany)
            Mein lieber Freund und Kupferstecher, Sammlung Haupt - Verband Deutscher Bürgschaftsbanken, Berlin (Germany)
            imaginary snowcloud diving curated by Ann Schomburg - Regierungspräsidium Kassel, Kassel (Germany)
            BERLIN-KLONDYKE 2017 - UGM Studio, Maribor (Slovenija)
2016   The Grand Superuschi Show curated by Jonny Star - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
            Der Flug der Königinnen. Women at work. - ROMPONE artspace, Cologne (Germany)
            NARGIFSUS, Online Exhibition curated by Carla Gannis and Tina Sauerländer, SCREENING - TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (USA)
            Erste Botschaft: frohe Botschaft - Botschaft in den Uferhallen, Berlin (Germany)
            DOES EVERY NAME ALREADY HAVE A SOUND? - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
2015    You Can Feel It curated by Jonny Star - Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie, Berlin (Germany)
            PORN to PIZZA—Domestic Clichés curated by Tina Sauerländer - DAM Gallery, Berlin (Germany)
            "selfie" curated by Ekaterina Mitichkina - SCHAU FENSTER, Berlin (Germany)
            SWEET LOVE curated by Jonny Star - Berlin Private Home (Germany)
            Ce qui je suis maintenant. Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim curated by Claudia Cosmo - Osthaus Museum Hagen (Germany)
            kitchen girls & toy boys curated by Jonny Star - Rush Arts Gallery, New York City (USA)
            Kopfzeile, Haarlinie, Fussnote curated by CHAMBER OF FINE ARTS Zürich - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
            4 Years and Counting! selected by Juror Omar Lopez Chahoud - Noospere Arts, New York City (USA)
2014    Ce qui je suis maintenant. Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim - ROMPONE artspace Cologne (Germany)
            *MOVE FORWARD #2 curated by Jonny Star - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
            viel Arbeit, wenig Rot curated by Hansa Wißkirchen - rosa lux, Berlin (Germany)
            My Paper Sunglasses curated by Otavio Santiago - Somos Art House, Berlin (Germany)
            </head> <body> curated by CHAMBER OF FINE ARTS, Zürich - souterrain, Zürich (CH)
            außen hui, innen pfui  mit Elke Graalfs - MONTAGEHALLE, Berlin (Germany)
            UNGEDULT DER FREIHEIT curated Hansa Wisskirchen - Galerie Holger John, Dresden (Germany)
            du weißt, ich liebe das Leben curated Jonny Star - Chashama 266, New York Ciity (USA)
            toy boys Vol. 2 curated by Jonny Star - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
2013    let us snow  curated by Heiko Pfreundt and Alessandro Vitali - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
            kitchen girls # 2 curated by Jonny Star - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
            Kunst und Banausen curated by Elke Graalfs - Galerie Walden, Berlin (Germany)
2012    WARHOL IS OVER - Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami (USA)
2011    SWEET HOME, Berlin at SCOPE Miami, USA, curated by Jonny Star
2010    komm rein - Klötze & Schinken, Berlin (Germany)
            Topsy Freerider! Le Trans Tier Salon - Galerie Crystal Ball, Berlin (Germany)
2002    Mitten ins Herz - Galerie Tammen & Busch, Berlin (Germany)
            MEETING IN B. mit Peter Solymos - NEUROTITAN, Berlin (Germany)

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2017    Female Ejaculation curated by Jonny Star - Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin (Germany)
2016    The Grand Superuschi Show (SUPERUSCHI) - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
2015    You Can Feel It (SUPERUSCHI) - Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie), Berlin (Germany)
            join the inner circle (SUPERUSCHI) - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
            SWEET LOVE (SUPERUSCHI) / artist Talk with Curator Tina Sauerländer - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
            kitchen girls & toy boys supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department (SUPERUSCHI) - Rush Arts Gallery, New York City (USA)
2014    I'm so lonesome I could cry (SUPERUSCHI) - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
           *MOVE FORWARD Vol. 2 (SUPERUSCHI) - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
           *MOVE FOWARD Vol. 1 (SUPERUSCHI) - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
            du weißt, ich liebe das Leben supported by chashama, New York (SUPERUSCHI) - 266 chashama New Yory City (USA)
            toy boys Vol. 2 (SUPERUSCHI) - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
2013    kitchen girls Vol. 2 (SUPERUSCHI) -  Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
            toy boys Vol. 1 (SUPERUSCHI) - Private Home Berlin (Germany)
            kitchen girls Vol. 1 (SUPERUSCHI) -  Private Home Berlin (Germany)
2012    kurz und knackig, Dan Hudson -  (sweet home) Berlin (Germany)
2011    SCOPE Miami, USA, group show (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            weit weg, Mechtild von Ahlers (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            kurz und knackig, Zipora Rafaelov (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            air conditions, Ute Haecker (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            Kirsch und Sahne, Anskar Skiba - (sweet home) Berlin (Germany)
            Mutti, Karin Christiansen (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            paper objects, Julia Büttelmann (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            desire!, Tulip Enterprises (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
            we are back, Michal Dudek (sweet home) - Berlin (Germany)
2008   her´mit dem schönen Leben,  Anna Borowy (JONNY´S) - Berlin (Germany)
           Flieg mein elektrischer Fisch, Bianca Döring (JONNY´S) - Berlin (Germany)
1997   Ortrun Blase (Schauraum) -  Berlin (Germany)

 

AWARDS / GRANDS / RESIDENCIES
2016    Ruth Katzman Stipend, The League Residency At Vyt, New York
2014    Travel Grant Cultural Exchange of the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, supporting Berlin artists of group show in NYC curated by Jonny Star

 

PUBLICATIONS
2016 Jonny Star. See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me, Distanz Verlag Berlin [German and English]
2013 Jonny Star Newspaper, Self Published [German and English]
2012 Jonny Sar Newspaper, Self Published [German and English]
2011 Jonny is Back by Bianca Döring (Text) and Jonny Star (Design and Photographs), Self Published [German]
2011 Where's Jonny, by Bianca Döring (Text) and Jonny Star (Design and Photographs), Self Published [German]
2011 Jonny and the Bio-Doctor, by Bianca Döring (Text) and Jonny Star (Design and Photographs), Self Published [German]
1995 Heuchelmund by Karen-Susan Fessel, Photographs and Layout by Jonny Star, konkursbuch Verlag [German]

ART PROJECTS
2013 - 2016    SUPERUSCHI
2011 - 2012    SWEET HOME – private art space, Berlin, Germany
2007 - 2009    JONNY´S, Berlin, Germany
2005               golden – souvenir de luxe shop, Raposeira, Portugal
1997               Schauraum, art space, Berlin, Germany