Margarete Jakschik

LA-based artist Margarete Jakschik has been drawn for years to the popular American iconography of urban symbols, archetypal interiors and music scenes. In her solo exhibition at Galerie Gisela Capitain “Pardon my heart” (the title adopted from a 1975 Neil Young song) the artist lived for a while in Los Angeles with the intention to search for the remnants of the ‘bohemia de luxe’ of the 1970s, capturing a spirit that vanished for all times. But what happened in Jaschik’s photos really is not the representation of the glamorous city but the very declaiming of its notoriety. “The images seem to have come about by accident, and yet they tell the story of an era of dissolution – and they tell it with great precision.” (Noemie Smolik, Artforum, Nov 2006). In her exhibition at BROADWAY 1602, WHEN WAS IT EVER LIKE IT IS NOW, Jakschik shows a series of images which denote more than ever before layers of past time and dissonant places, they embrace a sense of exquisite mourning, and explore the edges of photography itself.  In this exhibition,  Jakschik goes beyond her medium by reproducing some of the motifs as silk screens, which moves them even further away from the immediacy of photography, while the curtain of the house in New England reappears as a prop in the gallery space, blinding it, as if we are asked to go for a journey of the inner eye.