Hubert Scheibl

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac / Kunstverein

“The soft-footed images that always sneak around us amidst the din, their ears open wide, however fast we may run—one eye that sees, the other that feels . . . .” Hubert Scheibl places these words beneath two photographs in the 1989 book Blind Compass, edited by Markus Brüderlin. They indicate one approach to Scheibl’s world. One photograph shows the artist as he walks up the step to the elevator in the Gründerzeit foyer of the building that contains his studio; the other is taken from the same perspective, only the artist is missing, like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. The viewer is faced with deciding whether to follow the rabbit. Here, in the isolation of his studio, Scheibl has been drawing together fragments of the outside world for years, recasting them in his paintings, where time and place have lost their importance as determinants of human action and being. This is Scheibl’s

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