JWAN YOSEF

Jwan Yosefs works explore both formalism and autobiographical themes. His subject matter plays around the notion of dualism, a constant search for approval and the process of an initiation. Working within the frame of in-between states, identities and the (un) importance of belonging. Our perception of medium and material is Yosef’s main concern. He consciously uses materials from different spheres— applying high status oil paint to low status acrylic glass. By combining a material commonly associated with fine arts with a plastic material normally found in construction, Yosef plays with the contrast between synthetic and authentic. For HENZEL STUDIO, Jwan Yosef created four designs based on his work with duct tape.

JWAN YOSEF
Duct, 2018
Edition of 20 + 1 AP
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Hand knotted
175 x 310 cm (69 x 122 ins)
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Yosef’s works are strikingly contemporary, painfully political, critical, and yet: aesthetically, so beautifully simple. 

JWAN YOSEF
Masking, 2018
Edition of 20 + 1 AP
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Hand knotted
165 x 330 cm (65 x 130 ins)
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In a way, I don’t really consider this carpet as two-dimensional. I worked with masking tape as a reference and the carpet became a pretty accurate three-dimensional imitation of that real object.

The elevations of the crossing pieces of “tape” are pretty real in proportions. I wanted to superimpose the idea of an adhesive object. To somehow tie in a room and its contents together through the image of a strip of masking tape. This all made it an obvious and fun object to work with.

Jwan Yosef

Image: Jwan Yosef portrait

JWAN YOSEF
Electrical, 2019
Edition of 20 + 1 AP
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Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Hand knotted
200 x 325 cm (79 x 128 ins)
Silk
High / Low Cut
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Yosef is working within the frame of in-between states, identities and the (un) importance of belonging.

JWAN YOSEF
Painter's, 2019
Edition of 20 + 1 AP
Numbered
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Hand knotted
200 x 325 cm (79 x 128 ins)
Silk
High / Low Cut
Custom size upon request

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Whether fixating on the materiality or language of an object, Yosef’s inspirations draw from the potentialities of states of being. The core of this fixation engages a reexamining of functions, routines and expectations of artistic gestures, materials and their interpreted values. Yosef invites the vernacular of everyday materials to a re-thinking of possibilities—a poetic exercise that extracts the many metaphors and biases society projects on familiar effects. The potency of Yosef’s endeavors ultimately refines a poignant and lucid reminder of our own relationships and interpretations of the everyday world and each other.

Images: Jwan Yosef portrait (Los Angeles, 2021), rugs in-situ; Masking, 2018 and Duct, 2018. JWAN YOSEF, Object, 2018, Oil on linen, 188 x 132 cm (74 x 52 in)

JWAN YOSEF, Untitled, 2019
Edition of 999
Art pillow
Printed on velvet
Unique artwork on each side
20 x 20 ins / 50.8 x 50.8 cm

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Select exhibitions: The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Basilica Santa Maria, Rome; Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles and Louis Vuitton Family House, Asnières.