Franz Jantzen’s show, titled Manifest Order is a series of six plus photographic constructs. He uses the term ‘assemblages’ to describe his technique. The end results are these birds-eye, architectural floor plan like layouts in the form of black and white photographic collages; Assemblages. If you see a detail of his work, you’ll notice some manipulation (especially seen in the Conservator’s detail) to enhance the aura of the space he is portraying. These works, in their entirety, force the viewer to comprehend space in such a manner that is upside down, backwards and flipped. To understand the image, one must twist and turn his head, almost in expectation that the image will become three dimensional. The rhythm that is formed by these assemblages, to a certain degree, cannot be controlled by the artist. The rhythm is formed by the layout of the space itself. Jantzen’s succees in creating aesthetically pleasing photographic maps proves there is rhythm and beauty to our physical man-made space, much like the view from an airplane proves the rhythmic beauty of the earth.
McSorley’s Bar New York, NY (and detail)
The Conservator in his Laboratory (and detail)