Thomas Scheibitz: about 90 Elements/TOD IM DSCHUNGEL
This first solo exhibition in Ireland by the young German artist Thomas Scheibitz comprises a selection of new paintings and sculptures. Scheibitz’s paintings have a distinctly post-Cubist orientation, his puzzle-like forms are carefully composed in tightly connected compositions locked into shallow spaces. These forms suggest fragmentary landscapes and architectural elements, at once recognizable and abstract. Broken and fragmented, these images are deconstructed to mere formalist devices - geometric shapes, organic masses and flat colourful components from which he creates highly-distorted spatial illusions. His paintings are filled with consumerist references derived from images collected from the media – illustrations, movies, television, magazines and Japanese comics, breaking them down until abstraction takes over from representation. Through abstraction, he offers a futuristic vision of a fast-paced consumer society, where nature and technology merge, and realism is replaced by the higher aesthetic truth of pop design.
Scheibitz was born in Radeberg in 1968 and currently lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and America. In 2004 he participated in the Bienal de São Paulo and also represented Germany in the 2005 Venice Biennale.
A fully-illustrated Artist’s Book produced by Thomas Scheibitz accompanies the exhibition with essays by Rachael Thomas and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, and a conversation with the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Sereptine Gallery, London. To buy the artist's book please click here