Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 PM
It’s about the entirety – that’s what comes to my mind when thinking about
Tomicek’s work. His show WORLD revolves around something we together
call world. Under this term we simply summarize everything we can
experience: dark waters of unknown depth as well as bare bottoms of
charming puttos, the wisdom of fools, and the happiness we will find in any
place as long as we are in the right company, the laws of nature appear
here as equals to our passions and drives. Tomicek’s bold scheme to show
the whole in selected bits is remarkably true to the diversity and wonder of
being, in all its contradictions and its sense of elegance: Romanticism at the
beginning of the 21st century.
-Thomas Schirmböck, curator and art historian, Founder of the Zephyr Space
for Photography in conjunction with the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, is pleased to present World, a solo exhibition by Austrian artist Timotheus Tomicek. This will
be his first solo show in New York, and the gallery’s first show as a member of AIPAD. There will be an opening reception with
the artist on Thursday, September 12 from 6 to 8 pm.
Timotheus Tomicek is interested in how we fit into the world, how our unique experiences, emotions, and thoughts come
together to form a whole. The diversity of Tomicek’s media expands his approach to this expansive topic. World features videos,
installations, still photographs, sculptures, and paintings. Tomicek brings together reduced versions of the whole as a coherent
account of humanity and our many facets.
Tomicek’s new media makes World an exhibition on the cutting edge of technology, reaching beyond the sphere of the arts.
“Baiser” is an interactive video projection that follows the viewers as they walk around the piece: we can inspect and embrace it
but never quite obtain it. Similarly, Tomicek’s digital video installations, such as “Correspondence” and “Glass Girl,” break
technological standards by employing thousands of still photographs, threaded together to create subtle video-like movement
that is uncanny and unnatural. The Huffington Post writes, “Tomicek’s intense fixation on his subjects asks you to look closer.
Suddenly everyday actions begin to look surreal, as the still figure shifts ever so slightly.” Tomicek’s light installations, particularly
“Gate,” challenge the boundary between the physical and the projected. Tomicek uses highly contrasting colors to push the
limits of perception as the gate begins to look like an entrance to a new reality.
World’s variety and all-encompassing nature is indicative of a universal notion of being. Tomicek invites us to more than just a
glance at each piece: he lends us his idea of the world, while also giving us an alternate view of our own. As the artist writes,
“Unity, dissolution, illusion, and reality do not oppose one another but exist parallel and simultaneously.” Having finished a
residency in Rome as a part of the Celeste Prize and presenting his work in VoltaNY in 2012, Tomicek brings a global
perspective to this exhibition.
Tomicek lives and works in Vienna. He studied photography, film, and visual art in Vienna and earned his Masters Degree from the
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, including a solo exhibition at C/O
Editions in Berlin. He was a Celeste Prize Finalist in Italy in 2012, a 2010 Finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy, and received the 15th
Welde Art Prize in Photography in 2009. Following his successful solo project at Volta New York 2012, Tomicek was reviewed in Artinfo, The
New York Examiner, The Huffington Post, Hamptons Art Hub, FAD, and CollabCubed.
Please contact Karen Gilbert at 212.629.0707 or [email protected] for additional information.