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ICH by Erik Swars
2015-09-04 – 2015-09-27

Erik ich

Vernissage 2015-09-04   1900 – 2200

Erik ich

“Which is more abstract; a mushroom or your smartphone?“

Erik Swars

matchbaco is very pleased to announce that “ICH”, the second solo exhibition by Leipzig, Germany based artist Erik Swars, is to be held from September 4th, 2015.

Swars, whose studio is located in Spinnerei Leipzig, a former spinning factory now known as a source of contemporary art, is a young rising painter of the Post New Leipzig School.

The exhibition title “ICH”, meaning “I” in German, reflects Swars’ quest for the “existence of myself”.

Swars’ work confronts themes such as “the relationship between national and governmental authority and the private individual” and “the connection between humanity and nature” through abstract works of geometric configurations. He works in a variety of genres; as well as large-scale oil paintings with wood broad, flowing strokes, he also works in lino prints and sculptures.

In recent years, influenced by his study of technological change and globalisation, Swars has explored the potential for expanding classical aesthetic paintings by using materials such as lenticular lenses, which change the picture depending upon the angle from which they are viewed.

This exhibition comprises his latest works, lenticular lens 3D prints (the original painting was destroyed by fire), along with his most recent paintings and drawings, which are tinged with figurative themes.

The artist will be present for the exhibition, and an introduction and description of the works by the artist will be held at the opening reception.

The Artist

Erik Swars

bio

Erik Swars was born 1988 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016. He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 March until 2014 February. He now works in Spinnerei Leipzig, a former spinning factory now known as a source of contemporary art.

While continuing the genealogy of the new Leipzig school represented by Neo Rauch, Swars began oil painting with innovative ideas, along with a wide variety of works including prints and sculptures. He creates dynamic, semi-abstract paintings with concepts of “the past, present, and future self”, “the relationship between the authority of State and government and individuals,” or “the connection between nature and humanity.”

book

  • "ICH" published by matchbaco, 2015
  • "Adyton" published by matchbaco, 2014