This exhibition will simultaneously expose rare and unseen works by a wide range of international creators and provide insight into the working processes of Thomas Scheibitz, one of Germany’s most important contemporary artists.
The Drawing Room has invited Scheibitz to curate its third artist-curated exhibition. A Moving Plan B for Chapter 1 reveals the motivation and inspiration behind Scheibitz’s paintings, sculptures and works on paper and introduces various approaches to drawing as used by artists, architects, film-makers and writers over the past 50 years. The exhibition will include sketches, drawings, notes and also working journals not normally made available for public viewing.
Drawing occupies a very important position within the working processes of Scheibitz, providing the connecting link between the idea and its execution. He is interested in how creators of different disciplines use drawing and sketches to transport personal ideas and thought processes into the public domain. In his own work Scheibitz draws inspiration from a wide range of sources including films, literature, music, art history and visual details that he encounters in daily life. These are harnessed through the camera, sketch-book and cuttings from printed material. A process of sketching and drawing transforms this visual material into the lexicon of forms that inhabit his paintings and sculptures.
Scheibitz has selected drawings that possess autonomy and convey meaning beyond the often very constrained and specific conditions within which they were made. All of the works display an attention to materials and form that distinguish his own practice.
As well as artists of his own generation - Dirk Bell, Thomas Demand, Manfred Pernice, Andreas Slominski and Peter Strauß – Scheibitz has also selected those of an older generation born in East Germany - Carl Friedrich Claus, Hermann Glöckner, Manfred Kuttner, A.R. Penck and Eugen Schönebeck. Sketches and drawings from those working beyond the fine arts such as the Yugoslavian architect Bogdan Bogdanovich (b.1922) and the German writer Arno Schmidt (1914-79) provide an insight into the artists eclectic interests. Tacita Dean (b. UK,1965), Mathew Hale (b. UK, 1962), Öyvind Fahlström (b.Brazil 1928,d.Sweden 1976), the structuralist film-maker Paul Sharits (USA, 1943-93) and two or three more artists yet to be finally confirmed will also be included.