Thomas Scheibitz

Camden Arts Centre

Writing about Thomas Scheibitz nearly a decade ago, my thought was that he was quintessentially a painter. His recent exhibition in London, “About 90 Elements/TOD IM DSCHUNGEL (Death in the Jungle),” a version of which was originally staged at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, seems to suggest I was wrong: Along with a dozen works on canvas and nine paintings on paper, it contained nine sculptures (including a tabletop grouping titled 20 Models, 2007) and a suite of color photographs, as well as a silk-screen print—making it clear that this tightly woven oeuvre is nonetheless the product of a dialogue among media.

This dialogue becomes especially evident in the photographs Precious Basics, 2007, a set of quasi-abstract images shot in the artist’s studio: Partial views of paintings and sculptures as well as the walls and floor on which they lean or sit combine to construct new

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