“Which is more abstract; a mushroom or your smartphone?“
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.
Erik Swars studied in the department for picture, room, object with focus on painting at Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle, Germany. Where he was working with Jochen Plogsties for his master's degree in 2016. He studied painting at Tokyo National University of the Arts with O JUN in 2014 and came back one year later in program of the JASSO scholarship. Swars is working in Leipzig, at the Baumwollspinnerei since 2015. Represented in several collections like Steffen Hildebrand.