Muntean & Rosenblum

Placing themselves in Renaissance tradition, Muntean & Rosenblum make cartoons of their major works. Shunning silver-point and charcoal for pencil and acrylic, Muntean & Rosenblum’s end results show the subtle changes of character and the rationalising of compo- sition, the first drafts of a mas-terpiece. In Muntean & Rosenblum’s finished works, the texts are presented as selfauthored philosophy. Here, the skeleton of their composition is shown: worthy phrases and lines stolen from novels and magazine articles at random are pasted together like a poetic ransom note.

Markus Muntean & Rosenblum

Markus Muntean & Rosenblum

The works of Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum persistently confront us with people, whose appearances disclose them as chil- dren of our times. They are wearing up-to-date clothes, they are young, handsome, and seemingly adapted to our society. Yet, in a peculiar way they seem out of place. The vacant look in their eyes reveals that they have learned to embody the stereotypical image of youth reproduced by mass media. They are the products of a society marked by MTV and they have adapted the message of the advertisement industry well. At the same time, the written text in the paintings implicate that the portrayed persons are consciously or unconsciously longing for so much more. It is precisely this yearning for security and respect, for affection and for a fulfilling goal of life one reads in their facial expressions, that creates this unmistakable presence of all of Muntean / Rosenblum’s characters. The protagonist’s isolation, which they chose themselves, but which they are not responsible for, hinders them from seeing their own dreams come true.The works of Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum often refer to traditional formulas of expression, in order to represent certain emotions. By transferring representational conventions to their own work, they succeed in disclosing how throughout history the meaning of a certain gesture may change into it’s contrary. In one of Muntean / Rosenblum’s works for example, the lasciviously bending gesture of a male adolescent characterized by lethargy and boredom is reminiscent of traditional representations of Christ’s removal from the cross or depictions of martyr.

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