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For Berlin Art Week 2012\, Galerie Guido W. Baudach is pleased to present a second solo exhibition of work by Thomas Helbig at the gallery space in Charlottenburg. On show are new paintings and sculptures that suggest of a sort of deceleration in comparison to earlier work and constitute an almost auratic panorama in their present installation.

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The focus of the painti ngs is colour itself – in its intrinsic value and its materiality. The form erly atmospheric\, diffuse light of pictorial space has been displaced by a clear positing of figure and ground. Worm-like impasto vectors of metallic paint now hover in monochrome regions\, often intense in colouration. Ther e are traces of underpainting on the canvases\; notches\, craters and perfo rations that lend the pictures both corporeality and vulnerability. A plast ic moment is evident in the impasto lines and accumulations of paint\, whic h Helbig applies by syringe. He works the haptic tails of colour into the p ainting to a certain extent in what can only be compared to a sculptural pr ocess. The flowing movement of the strokes evokes a meditative rhythm\, tho ugh this is broken by the inconstant surface violations. The formal play of verticals and horizontals in withdrawn space produces an illusion of hover ing and echoes the symbolism of primitive painting.

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As with the painting s\, the sculptures have clearly also undergone a process of simplification and clarification. At the same time\, Helbig develops the technique of his earlier sculptures: fragmentation and collage with prefabricated materials. He primarily uses industrially manufactured ornamental figures\, which are dismembered and reassembled into new bodies. The hybridity of these sculpt ures makes them seem like fantastic creatures on the point of metamorphosis \, at once revealing and concealing their origins.

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Thomas Helbig’s exhib ition The Mental Life of Savages consists of works in which the visual lang uage is reduced to essentials. In their present installation they constitut e an auratic panorama which generates an atmosphere of calm and a space for contemplation.

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Thomas Helbig (b. 1967\, Rosenheim) lives and works in Berlin. From 16 October 2012 works by Thomas Helbig will be on view at the exhibition Private/Corporate VII\, Daimler Contemporary\, Berlin. On 27 January  2013 new works by the artist will be shown at the Museum Dhondt-D haenens\, Deurle.

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Thomas Helbig has participated in numerous solo and gr oup exhibitions at home and abroad (selection): Alpenrepublik\, Kunstraum I nnsbruck (2012)\; Accelerating Toward Apocalypse\, Doron Sebbag ArtCollecti on\, ORS Ltd.\, Tel Aviv (2012)\; Gesamtkunstwerk\, Saatchi Gallery\, Londo n (2011)\; Use Your Relatives\, China Arts Objects\, Los Angeles (2010)\; V iper in Bosom\, Vilma Gold\, London (2009)\; The Collection of Wilfried &am p\; Yannicke Cooreman\, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens\, Deurle (2009)\; Remote Pul se\, Bortolami\, New York (2008)\; Complete Birth\, Eleni Koroneou Gallery\ , Athens (2008)\; Stern der Musen\, Kunstverein Oldenburg (2008)\; No Illus ions\, Kai 10- Raum für Kunst\, Dusseldorf (2008)\; Son of...\, Musée des B eaux-Arts de Tourcoing (2008)\; Futur\, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle\, München (2007)\; Purgatory. Now.\, Galerie Diana Stigter\, Amsterdam (2007)\; Euro- Centric. Part 1\, Rubell Family Collection\, Miami (2007)\; Imagination Bec omes Reality\, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie\, Karlsruhe (200 7)\; Die Macht des Dinglichen – Skulptur heute!\, Georg-Kolbe-Museum\, Berl in (2007)\; Rings of Saturn\, Tate Modern\, London (2006).

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