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Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz (*1968) is part of the Dresden school generation that emerged in the ’90s and which included Frank Nitsche and Eberhard Havekost. Scheibitz usually underlines the essentially pictorial quality of his work by finding a starting point for his paintings in the apparently arbitrary choice of a motif from his rich collection of illustrations. GP 55 seems, at first sight, selfreferential: there is neither figuration nor narration and this is rare in the artist’s work. There is merely the picture plane enlivened by abstract shapes and flat areas of colour. The image is enigmatic and requires attention. The edges of the two cycles, like that of the painting, make the process of creation readable: we can make out the superimposed layers, the intervention of brushes and aerosol spray, we can even distinguish the lines of the preparatory drawing. The traces of drips of colour on the edge prove that the artist must have rotated the painting, thus reversing its equilibrium. The initially brilliant colours (green, blue and red) have been covered by several layers of duller colours. Thus, an attentive reading of pictorial details enables us to understand Scheibitz’s painting as a looking exercise, an incitement to look more closely and to sharpen our gaze.

Artworks

  1. Thomas Scheibitz GP 55, 2003–2004

    Technique mixte sur toile (spray, gouache, peintures vinylique et acrylique)
    143 x 218 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Dépôt 2003
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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