Jankowski's work has been associated with New Gothic Art and compared with artists like Rirkrit Tiravanija, Gillian Wearing, and Pierre Huyghe. Using various media formats, the collaborative nature of his practice is paramount as each participant unwittingly contributes his or her own texture to the work.
The Hunt (1992), a performance video piece, is one of the artists earliest works. For one week the artist visited supermarkets and rather than select his goods as customary, he‘ hunted down’ his groceries, shooting each item with a children’s bow and arrow, accompanied by a friend with a video camera. For the 23-minute video Lycan Theorized (2006), Jankowski persuaded the cast and crew working in an actual straight-to-DVD werewolf movie (in which he had a bit part) to re-enact some of its most violent scenes while quoting the writings of various film theorists. The film Casting Jesus (2011) focuses on an audition to select an actor that best interprets the role of Jesus, judged by a jury of Vatican members.
Jankowski has also created a number of television interventions. His video installation Telemistica was included in the 1999 Venice Biennale, and shows five Italian television fortune-tellers responding to a phoned-in question about the artist's success or failure at the upcoming Biennale. The Holy Artwork (2001) is a collaboration with a televangelist pastor from Texas. In Discourse News, Senior Business Anchor Annika Pergament reports on Jankowski's definition of art from her newscaster’s desk at NY1.
Jankowski's installation Strip the Auctioneer (2009) consists of sculpture, photographs and a video connected to a live auction that was orchestrated by the artist in May 2009. The action takes place at Christie's auction house in Amsterdam and incorporates the auctioneer, Amo Verkade, as the desired possession. Verkade bids his garment piece by piece down to his hammer. He strips himself of his suit, baring and transforming those parcels of clothing into objects of desire.
Jankowski's videos, films, and installations have been exhibited internationally in places such as Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (2012), Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (2009); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2008); Miami Art Museum, Miami (2007); List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts (2005); Artpace, San Antonio (2001); and Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (2000). The artist participated in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in the 48th Venice Biennale.
- My Life as a Dove (1996)
- Let's get physical/digital (1997–1998)
- Telemistica (1999)
- The Holy Artwork (2001), held in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London.
- Point of Sale (2002), held in the collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
- Tableux Vivant TV (2010), produced for the Biennale of Sydney
- The Finest Art on Water (2011), first on show at Frieze Art Fair
- Casting Jesus (2011)
In an interview with Phaidon Press ahead of Frieze Art Fair in October 2011 Jankowski said of his new work, 'The Finest Art on Water' "I’m not saying it’s the best investment ever. History will show! If you can afford it and you’ve already spent 65 million then if you spend 75, there’s a chance that this vessel will have a higher value in the future. My artistic career, the next works that I will do, will inform the price of this thing.”
- Gavin, Francesca. Hell Bound: New Gothic Art. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2008.
- Roberta Smith (January 4, 2002), ART IN REVIEW; Christian Jankowski New York Times.
- Roberta Smith (April 9, 2004), ART IN REVIEW; Christian Jankowski -- 'Now Playing' New York Times.
- Christian Jankowski: Casting Jesus 7 September – 1 October 2011 Lisson Gallery, London
- Christian Jankowski: Bravo Jankowski! 17 September – 1 November 2003 Lisson Gallery, London
- Roberta Smith (December 1, 2006), Art in Review; Christian Jankowski New York Times.
- Noemi Smolik, Christian Jankowski, ArtForum, Feb, 2000.
- Christian Jankowski, The Holy Artwork (2001) Tate Modern, London.
- Christian Jankowski: Discourse News, June 21 - July 28, 2012 Petzel Gallery, New York.
- Christian Jankowski: March 4 - 27, 2010 Petzel Gallery, New York.
- Whitney Biennial website
- "My other Caravaggio’s a yacht." Phaidon.com, October 2011.
- Klosterfelde.de a description of the artist and his work
- Christian Jankowski on Artcyclopedia
- Lisson Gallery
- BBC interview
- ArtForum review
- For the Neons Project, «What I still have to take care of» a neon installation by C. Jankowski, 2007
- Text by Agustín Pérez Rubio about the work "Flock" by Jankowski