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Ironic Self-Assist Titles Painted by Johan Deckmann Remedy Existential Woes

Ironic Self-Assist Titles Painted by Johan Deckmann Remedy Existential Woes

Ironic Self-Help Titles Painted by Johan Deckmann Cure Existential Woes



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March 15, 2022

Grace Ebert

All pictures © Johan Deckmann, shared with permission

A educated psychotherapist, Johan Deckmann (beforehand) has stacks of books to treatment our most painful emotional struggles and existential dread. His assortment contains the huge “Your possibilities of altering the world,” the a lot slimmer “Your possibilities of altering your self,” and the dismally well timed “Tips on how to take a deep breath and go on despite the fact that all the pieces feels so mistaken.”

Typically painted on comfortable, fabric covers evocative of classic self-help manifestos, Deckmann’s ironic titles are steeped in our tradition of incessant enchancment and are usually brutally trustworthy about human limitation. His simple messages will not be not like these present in a therapist’s workplace and harness the ability of easy language to confront modern dilemmas. “The concept of writing on books comes partly from my work as a psychotherapist, a music composer, and lyricist. I like the thought of distilling phrases to compress info, emotions, or fantasies into an essence, a fact,” mentioned the Copenhagen-based artist.

Deckmann is taking part in a gaggle exhibition up by way of Could 15 at Sala Amós Salvador in La Rioja, Spain, and can be on the Venice Biennale subsequent month with the Gervasuti Basis. He additionally has a solo present later this 12 months at San Francisco’s Modernism, and you’ll find an expansive assortment of his poignant messages on Instagram.

 

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Donald Kuspit on Joan Snyder

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#portray
#psychology

 

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