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Marcus Janse: The Tao Of Modern Urabn Expressionism

Influenced early in life by the emerging graffiti movement in his neighborhood of Bronx, New York and later by the old German Expressionist work from the late 20th Century, as well as European culture, painter Marcus Antonius Jansen's work has received well deserved international acclaim. The decayed structures and human forms are exemplified in the emotional strife of his urbanscapes of the poor. 

Jansen's distortion and exaggeration through use of intense color, agitated brushstrokes and disjointed space is jarring, violent and dynamic. Either a reemergence of certain medieval art forms or of Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and the Fauvism movement, Jansen's work is a new angle on an ancient art and is reminiscent of the movement between 1901 and 1906 where several comprehensive exhibitions were held in Paris. One of the first avant garde developments in European art, these exhibitions made Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne universally accessible. The effect was one of liberation. Painters of that time period experimented with these radical new styles. Fauvism was the first movement of this time period in which color ruled supreme, much like Jansen's work.

"Many painters remove their 'imperfections' in their work, I use them to teach us what we do not know or see. It is through those imperfections that we learn," said Jansen in an interview with Malibu Arts Journal. "Expressionism is the art of the emotive, the art of tension provoked by consciousnesses with the forces that surround mankind. The inevitability of war, the rise of Industrialism, the power of capitalism, poverty, all these things weighed on people's minds at the beginning of the Century when Expressionism originated."

In his forward to Modern Urban Expressionism: The Art Of Marcus Antonius Jansen, noted museum director Allan Donson writes, "I told Jansen that I believed he was the originator of a new movement, which I called Urban Expressionism, and that I believed there would be many followers in this new style. But there will be only one Marcus Jansen."

Indeed Jansen's works absolutely use color as an emotional force. His painterly Fauvian freedom and expressive use of color give vivid proof of his intelligent study of and influence from Van Gogh's art. Jansen seems to directly apply the paint in aggressive strokes creating an explosion of modern expressionisitic angst. Revealing a primitive reality in his Fauve influence, Jansen seems to share a vibrant power of an unselfconscious application of color - a blend of the patterning and shape of elements.

A supreme sense of Synthetic Cubism - one of the most influential and revolutionary movements in art and a major influence on Western art - is present in these works. Radically fragemented objects; decorative shapes, stenciling and collage; flat two-dimensional surface of the picture plane; not bound to copying form; texture color and space; influences from the Spaniard Pablo Picasso and the Frenchman Georges Braque who each splintered the visual world sensuously and beautifully; breaking down subjects into a number of facets; showing several different aspects of one object simultaneously; giving the appearance of using pieces of cut up newspaper. The entire frame adds up to a sense of a past movement that is reemerging with artists the likes of Henry Eric Hernandez yet holds fast to a uniqueness all Jansen's own.

Expressionism to the degree of Freud.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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