JACK JAEGER 1937 – 2013

Jack Jaeger, co-editor of Zapp Magazine died on March 15th.
Thanks for your great contributions and for sharing your extensive knowledge of the underground art and film scene.

This interview with Leigh Bowery took place right after Leigh’s amazing opening performance ‘The Laugh of Nr.12’ of the group show ‘The Laugh of Nr.12’ curated by Anne Tilroe at Fort Asperen, Acquoy 1994.
Participating artists Tony Oursler, Irene Grundel, Charles Atlas and Leigh Bowery.
Footage of the exhibition and performance are published in Zapp Magazine #2, July 1994

Jack interviewed by VPRO Radio after Leigh Bowery’s openings performance for
the group show ‘The Laugh of Nr.12′ curated by Anne Tilroe at Fort Asperen, Acquoy 1994. Participating artists Tony Oursler, Irene Grundel, Charles Atlas and Leigh Bowery.

jackJack Jaeger, artist, curator:
White Room Jack Jaeger, 2005
White Columns is proud to present the New York solo debut of the maverick Dutch artist Jack Jaeger. Based in Amsterdam and New York, Jaeger is perhaps better known as both a curator and editor. Between 1994 – 1996 Jaeger co-edited eight issues of the seminal magazine ZAPP (a quarterly VHS video art magazine); his curated projects include the exhibition and concert series “Bring Your Own Walkman,” W139, Amsterdam (1997); and the influential, and pioneering exhibition “Please, don’t hurt me!” Gallery Snoei, Rotterdam/Cabinet Gallery, London (1994), that introduced the work of Carsten Höller, Roman Signer, Elke Krystufek, and Lily van der Stokker – amongst many others – to British audiences. Jaeger’s art has taken many forms, recently utilizing the armature of the mobile, into which he introduces photographic, Xeroxed, and collaged elements. Employing graphic motifs reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s design with a free-wheeling approach to formalism, Jaeger’s kinetic tableaux and table-top arrangements of multiples connect with recent investigations into the (dys)functional legacies of modernism. This will be Jaeger’s first solo exhibition in more than 15 years.Jack Jaeger lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland, and New York, USA. Between 1967 and 1982 he worked as a film editor, cameraman, producer, and director of television commercials and feature films in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Group exhibitions (as an artist) include: “Prisoners of Art,” COLAB, New York (1989), “Unfair,” Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (1993); and “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,” The Drawing Center, New York (1993). His previous solo exhibition was at Galerie ALLES VOOR 12 & 24 VOLT, Rotterdam in 1989.http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/this-will-hurt-me-more-than-you-1567383.html“Please Don’t Hurt Me” bills itself as an exhibition entirely about violence. It’s the best show of contemporary art in London, and should be a benchmark for future curators.
Perhaps the exhibition is best understood as a single artwork by its curator, Jack Jaeger. Jaeger is Dutch-American, middle-aged, gentle, with serious eyes. His exhibition was first shown in Rotterdam, but looks better here, messier, more dense. Music plays constantly. “We’ve got Jack’s private record collection here. And he keeps bringing more bits and pieces. I think he was glad for a second chance.”
Jaeger proves elusive. “He’s very retiring,” Wheatley tells me. I speak to a friend of his, Dominic van den Boogerd, editor of the Dutch art magazine Metropolis M and an aficionado of the more barbaric art. “He used to be a film cameraman in the 1960s. Since he met Lily [van der Stokker] he’s been into contemporary art. The first show he curated was `The Red Light Show’, about sex and pornography. He’s very well-informed, a very peculiar curator, It’s more of a hobby, for love of art, not to make money.It’s very sincere I think. He has something in his past about German concentration camps. I think his parents were there but if you ask him he won’t talk about it. So I’m not quite sure.” McGeown: “I don’t know. Jack talks about an illness – he had a total physical and mental collapse. It’s something he went through and came out of.” Sincere is right. It’s an oddly gentle show in many ways.http://w139.nl/en/article/12606/bring-your-own-walkman/Galerie van Gelder
In Associated Publishers:
Mechanical Reproduction, curated by Jack Jaeger
GALERIE VAN GELDER EDITION: catalogue with hand made photo prints, limited edition of 50, numbered
21 mei t/m 16 juli 1994Jack Jaeger, The red light show
Casco, Utrecht 1992
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