Jana Euler’s “international dance 1000 pieces” (2021)
For this edition of Spike, Jana Euler’s (*1982) recent painting, International Dance (2020), is transformed into a 1000-piece puzzle. Inverting a traditional hierarchy of classical painting compositions – and also puzzle images – where the centre is the focus, international dance 1000 pieces (2021) highlights the periphery and margins of an image.
Couples dance close to the edge, pushing each other into the corners of the work. This claustrophobia is amplified by a mirroring effect between the borders of the canvas and the figure’s colourful dresses. In one corner, the dance even turns deadly. The centre of international dance 1000 pieces, just murky greens and yellows, greys and purples, combine in abstraction; little if any difference between pieces can be gleaned.
This makes puzzling both a challenge and a revelation. Completing the task will not be easy, but you experience the process of an image emerging through your own hands, and once you’re done, you can even take credit for it.
international dance 1000 pieces, 2021
Puzzle: 1.9 mm cardboard, linen embossed paper, digital print,
68 x 48 cm
Box: 1.1 mm cardboard, linen embossed paper, digital print,
37 x 27 x 5.5 cm
Edition of 200 + 20 APs, signed and numbered