THOMAS SCHEIBITZ: ONE-TIME PAD: BALTIC CENTRE, GATESHEAD, UK
Thomas Scheibitz is one of the leading German artists of his generation. This large-scale presentation of Scheibitz’s work retraces the conceptual and painterly development of his career with a particular focus on the human figure and the existence of form between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition brings together over two hundred works from the past five years including painting, sculpture, drawing and works on paper. It also includes an archive of the artist’s source material and models, and a new sculptural work commissioned especially for BALTIC.
Scheibitz draws upon motifs and themes from everyday popular culture and takes inspiration from art historical imagery such as Renaissance paintings or Medieval engravings. He feeds his visual memory with a collection of found materials including photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, memos, book pages and objects, using them as a basis for the forms and structures of his paintings and sculptures. The finished work is a synthesis of object and image with a new visual language: for Scheibitz, the distinction between figurative and abstract art no longer exists.