GERT & UWE TOBIAS

Untitled, 2016

Colored woodcut on canvas

150 x 130 cm | 59 x 51 in

Untitled, 2018

Colored woodcut on canvas

200 x 168 cm | 78.75 x 66 in

Gert & Uwe Tobias Grisaille

Jul 28 -  Oct 16 2016

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Untitled, 2016

Glazed ceramic

125 x 55 x 27 cm | 49.25 x 21.5 x in

Untitled, 2018

Colored woodcut on canvas

200 x 168 cm | 78.75 x 66 in

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled (Spardose) - Installation

Palazzo Coardi di Carpeneto, Turin Italy

Untitled (Spardose), 2019

Glazed Ceramic

77 x 36cm | 30.25x 14 in.

 

Gert and Uwe Tobias (b.1973 in Kronstadt, Brasov, Romania) are Romanian twin brother artists living and working in Koln, Germany. They graduated from Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Braunschweig under Walter Dahn in 2002.

Their works gather inspiration from Eastern European folklore, ranging in mediums such as, woodcut, ceramic, collage and paintings. Their fascination with myths draws influence from their birthplace and especially the myth of Dracula. After seeing

the legend spread from their home country to across Europe, due to Bram Stoker's adaptation of the story, they also became aware of the effects pop culture has on distorting reality. The twins share living space together, the arrangement mirroring that of the 17th century fairy tale writers, the brothers Grimm.

The Tobias joint love for woodcarving inspires them to develop a new approach to the medium. Rather than carving into a wooden block, the Tobias cut out individual shapes. They then use a roller to apply ink, layering paint onto the canvas with their hands and feet. The imagery produced communicates a narrative rich with ghoulish characters that take asymmetrical forms and are rendered in bold colors and patterns.

The visual language of their figures is strongly expressed in their hand made ceramic sculptures as well. Often presented with abstract or geometric bodies, the figures develop into heads of malformed humans or fantastic creatures with extremely detailed outlines of eyes, noses or ears dripping of brilliant pigments of colors.

Like for their iconic woodcuts, in the Tobias brothers’ paintings, figures of mythological creatures populate surreal and magical environments as if malefic, yet sometimes ironic narratives and actions are happening. Unlike the woodcuts, which exist in mid-large scale, the paintings have the incredible power to transport the viewer in a vast and endless surreal world with a small-scale format.

Adventuring in the current society where pop culture and overwhelming imagery invade our life, Gert & Uwe collages and typewriter drawings juxtapose images from fashion magazines and newspaper creating the union of old and new, still rooting into the heritage of their own country of birth.

The artists’ work individually to the different phases of the process, even though compositions, patterns and figures are originally conceived together. Ideas flow between their individual creative minds creating a dialogue, which challenges the

collaborative process and is essential for the final result.

Gert & Uwe Tobias' work has been exhibited in international prominent institutions and museums including Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany (2018); Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2016); Whitechapel, London, UK (2013); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2009) Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (2008); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY USA (2007). Public Collections include Collezione Maramotti, Max Mara, Reggio Emilia, Italy; MoMa, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY USA; UCLA, Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA USA; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France; Sammlung Goetz, München, Germany.

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Gert & Uwe Tobias 
May 6 - Sep 16 2018
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany
Gert & Uwe Tobias - Grisaille
Jul 28 -  Oct 16 2016
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Gert & Uwe Tobias
Apr 16 - Jun 14, 2013
Whitechapel Gallery, London UK
 
Projects 86: Gert & Uwe Tobias 
Nov 28, 2007 - Feb 25, 2008
MoMA, New York, USA