Jesper Just

born 1974

Jesper Just, ‘Bliss and Heaven’ 2004
Bliss and Heaven 2004
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Jesper Just (born 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish artist, who lives and works in New York. From 1997 to 2003, he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Just uses film technology and installation strategies as vehicles to create work that addresses complex contemporary issues through open-ended visual narratives rich in detail and metaphorical import, using a mixture of multiple video channels, sound installations, live performance and sculptural and architectural interventions. Just has works in over twenty-five museum collections, such as Guggenheim Museum in New York, Tate Modern in London and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Just works exclusively in film, shooting on a variety of film stock, including 8 mm, 16 mm and 35 mm. His works which date from 2003 and before were recorded in digital video. All of his later works were shot on film and then transferred to high-definition video. The resulting images are dense and atmospheric. Their prominent soundtracks are conceived specifically for each film in co-operation with different musicians.

His works have been shown throughout Europe and the United States, including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2005), the Miami Art Museum (2007) and the Witte de With in Rotterdam (2007). His exhibitions include Romantic Delusions at the Brooklyn Museum, U-Turn at the Copenhagen Quadrennial in Denmark and the Liverpool Biennial in the UK. Servitudes was on show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris from June 24 to September 13, 2015.

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