On the 18th of March A Juan Project in Amsterdam will be opening a solo show by Willehad Eilers aka Wayne Horse. The German-born and Amsterdam-based artist will be showing Alles Wird Gut (All will be good), an exhibition consisting of ink drawings that celebrate decadence, encounters, mutations, romance and disgust.

After moving from Germany to Amsterdam in 2000, Eilers graduated from the Rijksakademie and got involved in the local street art scene. A few years later he became tired of squeaky clean lines and producing work that says, “Look, I got skills”, so he started exercises named “breaking the hand.” Using different methods to distract what he worked for years to attain, he was aiming for the work to carry a spirit of looseness, possibility and punk. Drawing blind, drawing contours, left handed drawing, speed drawing, drawing to metal, and drawing intoxicated all resulted in a visual language that is spontaneous and free. These expressive, imperfect lines that are drawn immediately, are the base of his new body of work in which the process is a big part of the finished piece.

Loosely depicted, the new drawings show scenes of large crowds going wild and indulging in all sorts of pleasures. As scenes of victorious parties after a big triumph, they carry a positive message under all the vintage debauchery. In this manner he is using the compositions of historical paintings such as La Liberté guidant le peuple and The Raft of the Medusa but replacing the politically charged masses with modern day festival crowds. Influenced by the tensions present in the world today, Eilers’ drawings shout “The world is burning. Close your eyes and dance, dance, dance.” —Sasha Bogojev (Juxtapoz)

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About Willehad Eilers

Willehad Eilers (1981, Peine, Germany) also works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse.
Eilers graduated from the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.

His eclectic body of work comprises video, drawing, performance and installation, and is distinctive for its lyrical quality, playful humour and expressiveness. A recurring narrative in his oeuvre revolves around the bizarre, occasionally ugly but always compelling aspects of humanity.

To refer to Willehad Eilers as an artist-ethnographer is not too much of a stretch. Describing his practice as an investigation of the heuristically learnt political and cultural mores that define contemporary society, Eilers gently nudges us towards a poetic realisation of our social selves through his highly performative range of paintings, installations, videos and drawings. Infused with a mischievous, effortless confidence, Eilers’ crude-style works offer us anthropological insight into his observations of the flawed human condition and its perpetual evolution. He unflinchingly presents us with images that convey the disposition of the modern individual towards grotesque, even masturbatory obsessions. Underlying his practice is an artistic methodology that recalls the theorist James Clifford’s concept of “ethnographic surrealism”: he assails the quotidian situations that we think are familiar, and renders them unrecognisable. By mounting successive challenges to the hegemonic boundaries of our imagination, Eilers provokes his viewers into directly interacting with his highly unique works.

Visit www.waynehorse.com for more info.

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About A JUAN PROJECT

A Juan Project, founded by Gabriel Rolt in September 2016, is a new commercial exhibition platform located in the heart of Chinatown, Amsterdam. The project places its focus on international contemporary emerging artists together with the presentation of key figures from within the Amsterdam cultural scene.

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