October 21, 2013 NSR Admin

Baltic: Thomas Scheibitz. ‘ONE-Time Pad’

Thomas Scheibitz is a German artist, viagra sale born in 1968 and he studied at the Art Academy in Dresden where he developed his signature visual language. Scheibitz creates work across a variety of media but most are concerned with the formality of geometric shapes, no rx vivid colour and a continual play between figuration and abstraction. Scheibitz tends to seek his inspiration from assorted found objects, which feature in the exhibition; he has deliberately painted some of them yellow so that the colour of the object less easily distracts from its formal quality’s. Thomas Scheibitz’s work also references themes in the everyday and he draws from a wide range of motifs; from film, literature and design to the great renaissance masters. This exhibition is a showcase of over two hundred works by the artist over the last five years, and is spread across two floors in the Baltic. The lower level, is mainly large scale paintings but also an archive of found objects taken directly from the artists studio in Berlin. Whilst the upper level contains a more eclectic mix of pieces and covered more of the artists process behind the works with a room full of preparatory drawings. I really enjoyed the exhibition and found it quite engaging, especially Scheibitz sculptures out of cardboard which were highly glossed and gave the illusion of wood and dense materiality. I was less impressed with the paintings, however this could be to do with my irrational prejudice towards all things ‘Neon’ in artwork. Nevertheless Scheibitz large scale works do have a striking quality about them, he paints a very shallow pictorial space with interlocking geometric forms that almost echo some kind of impossible jigsaw. Formally the paintings are quite interesting as Scheibitz uses a combination of traditional paints such as oils alongside household ‘B&Q purchases’ with even greater juxtaposition between rapid painterly marks and a carefully rendered almost graphic approach. Furthermore this flirtation between the figurative and the abstract in his work is interesting, and wholly subjective so defiantly take a trip so see what you make of it yourself!!

Review by Alice Craigie