A man in a jumpsuit is either a plumber, a house painter or a forensic analyst. Or he’s about to jump off a plane with (hopefully) a parachute on his back. When you wear a jumpsuit you want to make sure that nothing from the outside gets in (paint, sullage) or vice versa (think of crimescenes). Apart from that a jumpsuit is not particulary useful. You have to get half undressed if you have to use the bathroom and make sure that your garment is not cleaning the toilet floor at the same time (or worse). You cannot take off your top if you are too hot. Once you spill something onto your pants you have to wash the whole thing although the top might be entirely clean. So what is it that draws men and women alike to this sort of unpractical piece of clothing? I have a theory. We are all multi taskers, we work, talk, like, walk, eat, drink at the same time, we have to be prepared for everything, all the time. So putting on a jumpsuit is a way of simplifying your life. Just ONE thing. Not much to think about in the morning. Jump in, done. Get on with your business. It’s classic blue-collar workwear. Sort of a socialist way of dressing. Hiding your individuality behind a uniform. But hold on, when I wear a jumpsuit, I want to prove my individuality, not hide it! Right. And Joerg is neither a plumber nor a crime scene investigator. So is it irony or arrogance? Refusing to stick to a dress code? Maybe it’s even simpler than all that. Remember when we all wore jumpsuits? Onsies? When we were babies, kids. Maybe it’s just a way of getting in touch with the long forgotten child in you. Ready for adventures, crossing the oceans in small planes, wearing kitty cat socks…
Joerg wears jumpsuit by Carhartt and desert boots by Clarks.
Thank you Lothringer 13 and Förderpreis der Stadt München 2018 for the great location and exhibition.
Artwork seen in the pictures: Bamboo by Raphael Krome, Fountain hood by Sofia Dona