Selected works by Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Untitled

2002

Oil on canvas

205 x 281cm
In Untitled Thomas Scheibitz deconstructs a suburb in all its prefab glory. Breaking his painting down into compartmentalised units of colour, the effect is far more sophisticated than folksy faux naïveté: he uses painting as the human equivalent of digital compression.

Stripped of all extraneous detail, he renders the scene as pure codified information. Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t offer a representation of reality, rather, a universally recognisable idea of it, reassembled into digestible shapes and hues.
Thomas Scheibitz
Skilift

1999

Oil on canvas

220 x 150cm
Skilift boasts a Cezanne-like mountain as if it were captured straight from cyberspace, the glass-panelled lodge as unnatural as a spaceship. There’s nothing clean or precious in the way Thomas Scheibitz renders his subjects: painterly gestures and drips are used to create mirage-like effects. The paintings revel in illusion over representation, not symbolising ‘subject’ but pure desire.
Thomas Scheibitz
Rosenweg

1999

Oil on canvas

200 x 270cm
In Rosenweg Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t paint a subject, but offers a panoptic view as a solidified whole. Adopting the flatness of medieval painting, perspective is delineated through overlapping layers and scale. Flower, building and mountain integrate as an abridged version of space, a synopsis of grandeur.

Thomas Scheibitz presents the sublime as an algorithmic formula: mysticism denuded into a composite of shapes and patterns. A super-modern reinvention of the romantic landscape, Thomas Scheibitz creates a sense of awe not in the picture itself, but in the graphic simplicity with which such an overwhelming concept is inferred.
Thomas Scheibitz
Untitled No. 242

1998

Oil on Canvas

142 x 106cm
In Thomas Scheibitz’s world of synthetic replication and commodity signifiers, even people are reduced to ideologically pragmatic form. Sparingly represented as flat cap and box ears, this figure meets all the requirements for the role of ‘sad professor’.

Thomas Scheibitz renders personal intimacy as a function of caricature, where visual description is inextricably entwined with stereotype and expectation. Through his simplified portrait, Thomas Scheibitz doesn’t proffer dehumanisation, but a super-race streamlined for instant identification and hypothetical interaction.
Thomas Scheibitz
Anlage

2000

Oil on canvas

200 x 270cm
In Anlage, Thomas Scheibitz’s shapes and lines compete for visual prominence. Through maze-like composition, he creates an architecture of illusion where depth, height and perspective are implied through planes which make no attempt to conceal their flatness. He uses an intricate system of overlapping to create spaces within spaces.

Drawing reference from artists such as Joseph Albers, Thomas Scheibitz adapts the Utopian principles of Bauhaus and constructivism in a contemporary way. Subtlety of colour and sophistication of design imbue his composition with functionality: of aerial photography or engineering blueprint. Through abstraction, Scheibitz dissects the virtual infinity of space and replicates its subliminal nature as two dimensional paradox.
Thomas Scheibitz
Brillux

1999

Oil on canvas

200 x 150cm

Working in both painting and sculpture, Scheibitz's reference points are often architectural. His organic forms and sharp angles smack of high design. Suggestions of location are found in patches of shrubbery green or sky blue. Working in washed-out pastel colours, his paintings seem to have faded through continuous exposure to the California sun.

Thomas Scheibitz
Douglas

1999

Oil on canvas

229 x 150cm

Working from found media images, Scheibitz takes his subject matter from the empty and idealistic scenes of consumer culture. Deconstructing the original images into abstracted components, Scheibitz's paintings become design-oriented simulacra: architectural blueprints for themselves. In Douglas, Scheibitz paints a kaleidoscopic distortion of suburban pleasantness, a kind of twenty-first century cubism that references virtual reality as much as painting

Thomas Scheibitz
Funny Game

2000

Oil and marker pen on canvas

200 x 150cm
Often working from doodle-like sketches, Scheibitz carefully maps out his compositions to create an order in space that seems both mechanical and biotic. Funny Game I is less an abstraction than an inkling of an abstraction in the making: thin washes create a dreamy sense of movement, a noncommittal translucent ground that evades concrete form. Exposing the process of artistic invention, he offers the viewer only fragmented suggestions, in which logical patterns or an insinuated subject might appear.

Articles

Thomas Scheibitz

Berlin, Germany, April 18-July 14, 2002

To stand before one of Thomas Scheibitz's vast canvases can be an unsettling experience: the brightly colored surfaces of his paintings manage simultaneously to convey unbridled energy and leave one inexplicably cold. It is precisely this paradox that enables the German artist to so successfully evoke the malaise of contemporary culture. His work hovers uneasily between abstraction and representation, residing within the ever-growing rift between lived experience and mediated image. This exhibition includes an entirely new body of paintings created during Scheibitz's residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA as well as works on paper and sculpture.

Each of Scheibitz's paintings features some recognizable and usually quite mundane object or landscape-a flower, an apartment building, a stairwell. This subject matter is then thoroughly abstracted so that only the vestiges of its structure shine through. Solid forms are broken up into jagged planes of color, which are thickly outlined with contrasting hues in a manner reminiscent of the late-nineteenth-century Fauvists. Each shape manages to stand boldly alone, yet the composition never seems unduly fragmented; the shapes somehow coalesce to form a coherent whole.

The surfaces of Scheibitz's works are far from uniform: streaky brushstrokes and drips of color permeate the canvas, and some sections are left unfinished, merely sketched in. These visible traces of Scheibitz's process serve to activate his paintings, imbuing them with an expressionistic vitality. At the same time, Scheibitz's compositions keep his paintings at a chilly remove. We are clearly not invited to enter his world-an impression intensified by the unyielding flatness of his picture plane.

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Source: artpace.org