Pictures of Liverpool artist David Jacques
9 October to 24 October 2014
Opening: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 19 clock
Exhibition open: Fri, Tue, Wed 17-20 clock
Galerie Display
Höninger path 218b, 50969 Cologne ruler

Photograph by  Tony Knox

(The) demons among us. And there are actually not one, but many. Was there may once only one devil, who brought evil into the world or prevented it disappeared from her, he has long since created many demons that wreak havoc everywhere and constantly. You can not be safe from them. They come not only from the outside, they even slip into man. People are afraid of the demons and they carry the demons themselves. This is a tricky business. The Spanish painter Francesco Goya has brought in his famous etching "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" expression. A demon, however, is more than a monster, because it adheres to not only the monstrous, violent, and unpredictable Ravenous nature, but also evil.

In the Middle Ages, people still had no problem to call evil evil - even if everything was not evil, what they called evil. But they had no doubt about the existence of evil, which was directed against all the things keeping people at Ideal for desirable and beneficial. In the 21st century, that's different. In the age of "anything goes" and everyone's greed unleashed not only everything is possible simply lacking everywhere in serious ideals and the courage to name things as they are. Except for the pope of the Roman Catholic Church no longer speaks on a large scale by the demon as stubborn invisible enemy, while making the money manager of the Church's assets at the same time, however, blatantly business with him. Otherwise, the terms demon and devil in postmodern Western European media company like entering of prohibited grounds be avoided. Especially in Germany, where evil with National Socialism, a principle with Hitler received a name. As one can alone prevent the avoidance of words already that it returns. But the demons are among us, embodied by people who do not rarely very relaxed and friendly smile while they go at the same ruthlessness and cruelty easily through the thoughts and in their actions by the hand. You just have to call these demons - or so it sees the Liverpool artist David Jacques.

It is not enough to stay with abstract evocations. David Jacques has these demons looked at it closely and he has painted their faces. On small formats to focusing their attention more on the content than on the visual effect. Just as a small photograph forcing a viewer to look more accurate. There are the mighty of this world, Jacques shows in the picture who have wealth and decision making. Most of them are men. They are the ones who make decisions and relentlessly pursue their interests and also carry out actions that make other people to material in a ruthless economic system in which a richer and the others are getting poorer. These demons are greedy, they are greedy, they are cynical and they are ruthless. You make other people about the object of their interests, they often call interests of the system.

What is more, this system in which capitalist profit maximization, relentless competition and the happiness of the mostly silent majority people are indissolubly chained together. Even in cold blood, let the demons, if need be in her eyes, even the warm blood flowing on the other. They are the rich, the powerful, and some of them familiar, and other one knows not even because they operate silently and unseen. Many of them hold power as offspring of their family of origin for centuries in their hands. The Enlightenment, the class struggle and social movements have basic structures of ownership and influence never repealed, and thus these demons never repealed. These demons who want to frequently distracted by themselves by slip on the smiling stealth of good. Show David Jacques images: They need to take the mask off your face and show that the demonic has ordinary faces.

David Jacques does not hesitate to certain people to call demons, connected to their responsibility in what we call the abstract social relations. He says that a truly social person not at the same time could earn millions of dollars, UK pounds, or Euros, while other people suffered under it every day, do not come with their money to make ends meet. He says that a truly social person not - depending on the advantage and function - could alternately love and despise the people. David Jacques know that there is such an anachronism in Human-too-human, just as there is love and hate in the spiritual life. But knowing that there is that does not help, and especially not legitimize it. David Jacques believes that Kant's categorical imperative alone can not regulate the interaction between people appropriately: "Act as if the maxim of your will may at any time apply at the same time as a universal law." Expressed close to the people: "You do not want to have them do to yourself, do not do to others." We want these demons are actually pressed and eaten by another demon to the ground? No, they just fear the free fight against each and all against all, in whose name they also obscure the relationship between evolution and social behavior.
David Jacques insists on the Er note that the demons are not only not extinct in our post-modern democracy, but more because each have dominion over the course of events and the world. There are the owners of large fortune, the managers of huge corporations and the shareholder large blocks of shares that shape their decisions and their products, the living conditions of the most significant human influence and thus even control.

In his demons pictures of masterful realistic painter David Jacques, both the art of expressive and surreal escalation knows best, combines the medieval paintings of Hieronymus Bosch with the modern artistic collage of John Heartfield. The psychological drama of the late medieval painting and the concrete social dimension of political art of the Weimar Republic intertwine in his series and are of very recent explosive. Accompanied by informative and enlightening texts to the persons shown wants to show relationships between individual people, their behavior, their economic status, their financial interests and the developments in the world Jacques.


He insists in his art for many years on the moral and enlightened dimension of art. By linking his art with elements of traditional art unique pictorial works, he shows not only the relevance of traditional art forms, but also the constant timeliness of theming quite certain aspects of Human-too-human. Violence, power, greed, and that people make other people into victims are those aspects. Fear and the immaturity of the people are in the interest of the demons, painting David Jacques, they are their agents. He feels anger against the demons, and he laughs at the same time about it. Humor and horror come together in his demons images.

There are small paintings, very small for such a huge topic. David Jacques has the format chosen deliberately: You have to look carefully to see the demons of our day, because too often they look like you and me. They hide, they slip in clever disguises, distract with nice stories that present themselves as everyone, or angels. But they are there, such as social injustice are also an inescapable fact. You have to make the demons identify how bad pathogens and find means to keep them at bay. And pictures alone are not enough, David Jacques knows that.