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Film, Music and Novel is an “ideal” solo exhibition presented in book form: a core collection of art works by German artist Thomas Scheibitz, which he has selected and sequenced himself.
As the title anticipates, the book is divided into three sections. In the Film section Scheibitz exhibits oil paintings including the six pieces he created for the 2005 Venice Biennale; Music showcases his drawings, sculptures and work-in-progress models; the final Novel section brings together the artist’s most significant works on paper. The book opens with a unique essay-collage, mixing together a variety of sources such as articles, polaroids, sketches and personal notes, through which Scheibitz provides a deeper understanding of his oeuvre.
Always taking familiar images from contemporary culture as his starting point, Scheibitz works in the abstract tradition, using vibrant colours, geometric forms, fragmented type and deconstructed shapes. Fascinated by constructions and compositions, and the various ways people experience them, Scheibitz is on a constant quest to define the limitations and legitimacy of the very medium he is working with, be it painting, sculpture or drawing.
Designed by Jason Beard, Film, Music and Novel presents a unique and thorough overview of the artist’s work to date, as retold by him. The book is available in English and German, each with a variable cover.
Thomas Scheibitz was born in 1968 in Radeberg, Germany, and studied alongside Frank Nitsche and Eberhard Havekost at Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Dresden. Developing his skills within the influential Dresden painting tradition, he uses symbols of contemporary culture to create canvases that exist between abstraction and figuration.
In 2005, the artist collaborated with Tino Seghal to create the German pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. Recent group shows include Construction New Berlin, Phoenix Art Museum, USA, 2006; Radar: Selections from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, USA, 2006; The Artist's Dining Room Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007; Less is more - more could be Less, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2007 and Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, 2008. Scheibitz has also shown widely with solo exhibitions: Brot & Spiele, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York, USA, 2004; Casa Amalia Index, Gallerie Sprüth Magers, Cologne, Germany, 2006; Low Sweetie # Omega Haus, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany, 2006 and about 90 elements/ TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK and Musée d' Art Moderne Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2008.
The artist lives and works in Berlin.