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    lot 721 — Julian-Jakob Kneer, “Lachen ist die schönste Art Zähne zu zeigen” (2020)

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Concluded. 2021/9/25, 3 pm to 6 pm
minimum price   1.500 €
price estimate   2.500 €

size   41 x 31 x 2.5 cm
edition   Ed. 2/5
signature   With certificate
provenience   Liste Showtime 2020 (Liste Art Fair, Basel, online edition due to Covid-19), with Shore Gallery
condition   Perfect
technique   Digital print on puzzle, aluminium construction

The title Lachen ist die schönste Art Zähne zu zeigen (by Werner Finck, 1968) roughly translates as: laughing is the best way to bare one’s teeth.

The skull is grinning at you as your mirror image (facing death), symbolizing the burden and promise of mortality and immortality / the narcissistic drive of self-immortalizing martyrdom.

 The work explores the gamifications of the human condition, focusing on the intersections of love and death (life is a game and love is the price – Avicii, 2013). 
This is the most recent form of a character the artist has been sketching for some while now, the losing lover / loving loser, who is both culprit and victim, agent and voyeur.

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